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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Collector
Curator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Fruit, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Stop Trying, Just Do.

Birthplace

Born:
12/20/1946
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Art Collector
Curator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Fruit, Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Stop Trying, Just Do.

Birthplace

Born:
12/20/1946
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Art collector and environmental chemist Patric Gregory McCoy was born on December 20, 1946, in Chicago, Illinois. McCoy graduated as class valedictorian from Englewood High School in Chicago in 1964. He received his B.A. degree in chemistry in 1969 from the University of Chicago. Beginning in 1972, McCoy was employed as the chief chemist for the Gary, Indiana, Air Pollution Control Department while taking graduate courses part-time. He received his M.A. degree in environmental science from Governors State University in 1979.

From 1979 to 2006, McCoy worked with the Air and Radiation Division of the United States Environmental Protection Agency Regional Office in Chicago, inspecting sites to ensure their conformity with EPA standards. While there, he authored a number of technical papers on environmental science and industry regulation. McCoy retired from the EPA in 2006 after serving for 10 years as a national expert on air pollution control measures for the petroleum refining industry.

Building upon his interest in art that began in college, McCoy co-founded Diasporal Rhythms in 2003. Diasporal Rhythms is a not-for-profit arts organization that promotes the collection of art works by living artists of African descent. McCoy is president of Diasporal Rhythms and a member of its board of directors. His collection contains more than one thousand paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages, and assemblages of African American art. McCoy enjoys taking part in artistic community outreach efforts such as panel presentations and art contests. In May 2008, McCoy was part of a panel presentation on the topic, Black Enough: Black Representation in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice. It investigated the intersection of race, ethnicity, and aesthetics in contemporary art and sought to explain the complexity of race and representation in the art market. In October 2008, McCoy published an article with Dawoud Bey entitled, “Translation,” in the Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s Prompt Art Journal in October 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Patric McCoy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Patric McCoy lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Patric McCoy talks about his maternal family background, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Patric McCoy describes his mother, Jeannetta McCoy Wheatley
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Patric McCoy talks about his maternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Patric McCoy describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Patric McCoy describes his father's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Patric McCoy talks about his father's narcolepsy and scholarship to the Pittsburgh Institute of Art
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Patric McCoy describes his paternal grandmother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Patric McCoy describes his paternal grandfather's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Patric McCoy talks about the lynching of his great uncle
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Patric McCoy describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Patric McCoy talks about his father's artwork and art collection
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Patric McCoy lists his siblings and their birth order
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Patric McCoy describes his childhood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Patric McCoy talks about his childhood best friend
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Patric McCoy remembers his elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Patric McCoy describes his experience at Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Patric McCoy describes his childhood personality and experience with narcolepsy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Patric McCoy talks about his experience at Fellrath Junior High School in Inkster, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Patric McCoy describes the history and socioeconomic demographics of Inkster, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Patric McCoy talks about attending church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Patric McCoy remembers Sputnik and the Cold War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Patric McCoy remembers his high school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Patric McCoy describes his experience at Englewood High School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Patric McCoy talks about working in the mailroom for an Illinois legislative committee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Patric McCoy talks about applying to the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Patric McCoy briefly describes civil rights activity in 1960s Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Patric McCoy talks about wanting to be a chemist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Patric McCoy describes his experience as an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Patric McCoy talks about his social experience at the University of Chicago, including the emergence of the black arts movement and Black Nationalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Patric McCoy remembers racist and difficult teachers at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Patric McCoy lists exceptional teachers at the University of Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Patric McCoy lists black professors at the University of Chicago in the 1960s including HistoryMakers Reverend Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Dr. James Bowman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Patric McCoy explains how the civil rights and black power movements affected his undergraduate career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Patric McCoy talks about teaching at Englewood High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Patric McCoy remembers being arrested for remodeling his chemistry classroom unsupervised
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Patric McCoy talks about being transferred from Englewood High School in Chicago, Illinois to Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Patric McCoy talks about being hired as chief chemist to the City of Gary, Indiana's air pollution division
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Patric McCoy describes developing an interest in environmentalism
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Patric McCoy talks about studying deposition in the Great Lakes with the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Patric McCoy describes being hired at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chicago, Illinois office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Patric McCoy describes his experience working at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Chicago office
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Patric McCoy describes developing a pollution team for the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Patric McCoy describes challenging the petroleum refinery industry with the EPA pollution team, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Patric McCoy describes challenging the petroleum refinery industry with the EPA pollution team, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Patric McCoy describes the beginning of his art collecting
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Patric McCoy describes recognizing himself as an art collector
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Patric McCoy describes meeting artist and HistoryMaker Jonathan Green in 1988
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Patric McCoy talks about speaking on a panel of art collectors including HistoryMaker Daniel Texidor Parker in 2002
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Patric McCoy talks about the artist's panel at the Art Institute of Chicago that inspired the formation of Diasporal Rhythms
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Patric McCoy describes the development of Diasporal Rhythms and the Collectors Invitational
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Patric McCoy talks about submitting an article to the English pop culture platform, The Drum
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Patric McCoy explains the origin of Diasporal Rhythms' name
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Patric McCoy explains why Diasporal Rhythms recognizes contemporary artists
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Patric McCoy talks about work in his collection from non-black artists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Patric McCoy describes his current art collection and explains his selection process
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Patric McCoy describes his view on how art is appreciated and valued
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Patric McCoy lists artists whose work is prevalent in his collection
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Patric McCoy describes his favorite mediums
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Patric McCoy describes organizing themes in his collection, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Patric McCoy describes organizing themes in his collection, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Patric McCoy talks about the racial themes present in his collection
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Patric McCoy talks about the painting, 'Masturbation,' is his collection
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Patric McCoy describes the 'Not Just A Pretty Face' exhibition at the Hyde Park Art Center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Patric McCoy talks about how much longer he plans to collect, and his commitment to reinventing who the decisionmakers are in the visual arts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Patric McCoy describes the ultimate goal for Diasporal Rhythms
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Patric McCoy describes how difficult it is to isolate any one piece from his collection
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Patirc McCoy talks about opening up his collection to the public
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Patirc McCoy describes hosting artist socials
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Patirc McCoy describes the process of insuring artwork
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Patirc McCoy imagines a digital database of the Diasporal Rhythms' art collection
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Patirc McCoy talks about the history of art collecting within his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Patric McCoy talks about Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, who's considered the first permanent resident of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Patric McCoy reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Patric McCoy considers what else he would like to do in his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Patric McCoy narrates his photographs