Musa McKim Guston

Region: Woodstock, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1966

Musa McKim Guston (1908-1992) was a poet and painter, and a muralist for the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression. She was married to New York School artist Philip Guston, whom she met while attending the Otis Art Institute. Later in life, Musa focused on poetry and playwriting, and she spent time in-residence at MacDowell during the summer of 1966 working on a play. She published her poetry in several journals and literary magazines, including Locus Solus. One of her colleagues said her poetry “was always full of unexpectedness.” A collection of her writing, Alone With the Moon (1994) was published by The Figures Press.

Studios

Schelling

Musa McKim Guston worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian Nevins MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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