Malcolm H. Myers

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Malcolm Haynie Myers
Born(1917-06-19)June 19, 1917
Lucerne, Missouri
DiedMarch 14, 2002(2002-03-14) (aged 84)
Known forIntaglio printmaking painting teaching

Malcolm Haynie Myers (June 19, 1917 – March 14, 2002) was an American painter, printmaker and professor known primarily for his Intaglio-style engravings. His work is included in numerous museum collections.

Early life and education[edit]

Myers was born in June 19, 1917 in Lucerne, Missouri.[1] He grew up there until his early teen years, when his family moved to West Texas during the Great Depression so his father could work in the oil fields near McCamey, Texas. They stayed there until the mid-1930s when they moved to the Wichita, Kansas area.

With help from a family friend, Myers entered the art program at Wichita State University, where he studied under renowned landscape, seascape, and still-life painter Clayton Staples.[2] He completed a bachelor of fine arts degree from Wichita State University in 1939[2] and continued on to earn his master of fine arts degree in watercolor in 1941.[3]

After graduation, Myers joined the US Merchant Marine to fight in World War II.[4] He trained at Catalina Island, California, and attended Officers School in Sheepshead Bay, New York. During this time, Myers married his longtime Kansas girlfriend Roberta King.[5]

After the war, they stayed on in New York City, where he explored his interest in jazz and blues, which were influential in his works of art. He enrolled in graduate school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City to study under painter Grant Wood. During his studies at Iowa, he met Argentinean Print Master Mauricio Lasansky—known as “the nation’s most influential printmaker”—who was there on a Guggenheim fellowship.[6] Myers taught with Lasansky for two years and eventually became a master printmaker himself. In 1946, Myers earned a second master of fine arts degree, this time in printmaking. Myers and Lasansky shared a lifelong friendship, with Myers being the godparent to Lasansky's son.[3]


In 1948 he joined the art faculty at the University of Minnesota.[7] There, he started the printmaking department in Jones Hall.[8]

In 1951, Myers received a Guggenheim Fellowship (renewed in 1952) and worked in Stanley William (Bill) Hayter’s iconic printmaking studio, Atelier 17, in Paris.[9][10] There, he met and collaborated with Jaques Desjobert,[10] Joan Miró, Enrique Zañartu, and other artists who were involved in the art of printmaking.

Then, in 1954, Myers received a second Guggenheim Fellowship, this time to work in Mexico City, Mexico.[9][2] There, he met Diego Rivera and became interested in pre-Columbian art. He also renewed his friendship with Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo, whom he had met in Paris at Jacques Desjobert & Sons, a famous lithography workshop.[4]

Personal life[edit]

When his wife Roberta died in 1992, Myers stopped traveling to focus on his art and teaching. In 1996, Myers married artist Marilyn Jenneman. He continued teaching and conducted two or more classes each semester at the University of Minnesota until his death. He died March 14, 2002, aged 84.[7]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1950 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship[9]
  • 1954 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship[2]
  • 1968 Brooklyn Museum Purchase Award[11]
  • 1973 Wichita State University, Alumni Achievement Award[12]



  1. ^ Myers, Malcolm H. (1958). Malcolm H. Myers: Paintings and Prints : [exhibition], February 5 - March 16, 1958, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The Institute.
  2. ^ a b c d Helsell, Charles Paul (1997). Made in Minnesota I: Art at 3M by Artists Born Before 1930. 3M Corporate Art Program.
  3. ^ a b Myers, Malcolm (1962). Recent Prints and Drawings by Malcolm Myers: November 25 Through December 23 ... an Exhibition at Walker Art Center. The Center.
  4. ^ CAA News: The Newsletter of the College Art Association of America. College Art Association of America. 2001.
  5. ^ Myers, Malcolm (1996). Malcolm H. Myers: Five Decades of Paintings & Prints. University of Minnesota.
  6. ^ Artist's Proof. Pratt Graphic Art Center. 1961.
  7. ^ a b "Obituary for Malcolm H. Myers". Star Tribune.
  8. ^ "The Prints of Malcolm Myers". Highpoint Center for Printmaking.
  9. ^ a b c "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Malcolm Haynie Myers".
  10. ^ a b Myers, Malcolm; Gallery, University of Minnesota University (1982). Mr. Possum & Friends: Prints by Malcolm Myers : November 15, 1982-January 16, 1983, University Gallery, University of Minnesota. The Gallery.
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  12. ^ "Past Award Recipients". Wichita State University Alumni Association. Retrieved 14 June 2023.
  13. ^ "Brooklyn Museum".
  14. ^ "Cincinnati Art Museum: Explore the Collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum". Cincinnati Art Museum.
  15. ^ "Permanent Collection with sizes – CAM: Coos Art Museum".
  16. ^ Myers, Malcolm (1947). "Man and world".
  17. ^ "Saint Anthony".
  18. ^ "The Battle of the Knights, Malcolm H. Myers ^ Minneapolis Institute of Art".
  19. ^ "Red Indigo". Indianapolis Museum of Art Online Collection.
  20. ^ "Riverboat".
  21. ^ "Malcolm Haynie Myers".
  22. ^ "Malcolm H. Myers – Artists – eMuseum".
  23. ^ "Malcolm Myers".
  24. ^ "Myers". Weisman Art Museum. Retrieved 14 June 2023.
  25. ^ "OMNIA - Ecce Homo".

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