Jack Coughlin

Jack Coughlin was born in Greenwich, CT, on February 19, 1932. He studied at the Art Students League in New York, 1951-52, and the Rhode Island School of Design where he earned a BFA degree in 1954 and an MFA in 1961. Coughlin was a professor of drawing and printmaking at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, from 1960 until he retired in 1994 to become an emeritus professor of art.

As a master of both etching and woodcut, Coughlin participated in numerous one-artist and group exhibitions both in the U.S. and abroad, especially in Ireland. His awards included the John Taylor Arms Memorial Prize, the Madson Award for Etching from the Society of American Graphic Artists National Exhibition and the Helen M. Loggie Prize for Drawing from the National Academy of Design.

Coughlin is especially known for creating prints and watercolors, along with his etchings and woodcuts of animals. In addition, Coughlin has produced works of sculpture in bronze, using the lost wax-bronze casting technique. Coughlin collaborated on A Brush with the Blues, a history of the blues, a book which contains twenty-six portraits of blues musicians. Additionally, Coughlin’s illustrations have been used in numerous books including: Thirteen Irish Writers on Ireland, Impressions of Bohemia, Some Sonnets from ‘Laura in Death, Mnemosyne Lay in Dust, Twelve Birds, Face to Face and Six Poems. He published a book in 1970, Grotesques/Etchings and his drawings of literary figures have regularly been commissioned by The New Republic.

His works are part of numerous collections in museums, universities and libraries including: the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Collection of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Free Public Library, and the University of Ulster.

Source of Biography
American Prints 1960-1985 in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1986;
"Portraits of Literary, Artistic Giants." The Boston Sunday Globe, November 25, 1990;
Who’s Who in American Art. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who’s Who, 2009