Harry McCue

Color, composition, light and shadow, mood, surface, edges, brushwork, are very important to me. A recognizable subject is the vehicle for these abstract elements. Themes of nature and the spirit of this land and its seasons, with a history perceived yet unseen, is something I would like my paintings, drawings and prints to evoke.




2423 Skinner Road, Lodi, NY 14860


Go North out of Ithaca on Rte. 96 through Trumansburg and continue on 96 for 7 miles to the village of Interlaken. Turn left onto Rte. 96A to Lodi. Proceed 4 miles to Keady Rd. Turn left, proceed 1 mile to Skinner Rd. Turn right. My studio is the green building on the right. Go past it and pull into the first driveway.


I was born in Throgs Neck, Bronx in 1944 and in 1955 moved to Bedford Village, Westchester County. Upon graduation from high school in 1962, I spent one semester as an accounting major at Manhattan College. In the fall of 1963, I began my studies as an art student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. I edited the literary magazine “The Asterisk” during my senior year at Pratt. During my summers, I worked on a tugboat on the Columbia River as a deckhand, in the local drugstore and as an orderly at Long Beach Medical Center.

After graduating with a BFA from Pratt in 1967, I went to the University of Colorado, Boulder, for my MFA. While there, I served as a teaching assistant in drawing, managed the print shop and graduated in 1969. After graduation, I was fortunate to get a college teaching job at SUNY Geneseo, teaching Printmaking, Drawing, Painting and some art history classes as well. That appointment lasted 3 years. 1972 found me unemployed due to downsizing of the SUNY system. I started a business restoring horse drawn vehicles. In 1973 I began a part-time position starting the printmaking area at Ithaca College’s Art Department. In 1977 I was made Chairperson of the Art Department, eventually promoted to the rank of full professor, and remained chair until retirement in 2010. I became professor emeritus in 2012.

In 2010 I added a new structure on my farm which would serve as my art studio/gallery. This enabled me to join the Greater Ithaca Art Trail. My latest adventure was to narrate my student time at Pratt with the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe for an HBO documentary about his life during the 60s era. (See “Robert Mapplethorpe” by Patricia Morrisroe, Random House 1995, Chapter 3.) I am a narrator in the new HBO movie "Mapplethorpe, Look at the Pictures" opening in New York on March 22nd.

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