·Former Art Director at NASAGoddardSpaceFlightCenter
·Maryland Resident since 1972
·Double L Graphics since 1987
Maceo Leatherwood was born and raised in Washington D.C. He spent every summer of his early life on his maternal grandparents farm in Maryland. According to his relatives, his first drawings were of horses and people. Before he reached the age of six he was dubbed with the nickname “Doodles.”
From 1956 to 1960, Maceo was formally trained at the Corcoran School of Art, where he studied under Edmund Archer, Paul Hoffmaster, Richard Lahey and Hans Warneke. Leatherwood received top honors each year including the privilege of having his student works displayed in the Corcoran Gallery.
“Even though I received what is considered “formal training” I still consider myself “a self-taught” artist because I have always been a reader and researcher – seeking new ways to express thought and medium…breaking a formal rule here and there.”
Early on Maceo admired folk artist, especially Pippin, and Douanier Rousseau. INFLUENCES
Matisse, the Fauves, Fran Marc, the Blue Reiters , Bob Thompson, Romare Bearden, Catholicism, Hopi and Zuni kachina, New York Ash Can, Appaloosians, Cayuses, Mustangs, Black Renaissance, Abstract Expressionism, Asian Shu-Sho brushwork, Paliminos, Pintos, Zebras, Ukiyo-e prints, Motherwell, Bacon, Fritz Scholder, T.C. Cannon, Kevin Red Star CAREER As a seamen with the U.S. Navy Maceo had several showings in the Caribbean. The most memorable were the Heinle-Holland Gallery on the island of St. Croix and in Puerto Rico. The tropical areas had a definite influence on his palette. During this time he also designed and illustrated for the U.S. and British Navies, coordinated slide presentations for Hughes Aircraft Company and designed sets for WTOP-TV (now WUSA). During the 1970’s Maceo’s work included portraits of performing artists such as Duke Ellington, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, David Bowie and Earth Wind and Fire. He lectured at area schools, supervised arts programs and directed community projects.
Maceo was the Art Director at Goddard Space Flight Center in Beltsville Maryland for 26 years. His career there encompassed education, publications, design layout, sculpture, sketching, painting and cartoons. Maceo’s work has been exhibited in the Caribbean and throughout the U.S. Mid-Atlantic.
Later, travels to the southwest added more brilliant hues and spiritual dimension to his work.
Leatherwood's work entitled "Mo'Pak" is part of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian's permanent collection. The piece is also featured in the Smithsonian's Indivisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas. PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN THE ARTS ·Art & Design in Glass—Lowry Studio Apprenticeship ·U.S. Naval Posters and Publications ·CBS—Live TV Performance Set Design ·NASA—GSFC Presentations and Publications Arts ·Concert and Theatre Promotions Art and Publications ·Double L Graphics
SELECTED ART SHOWINGS ·Holland-Hans Studio, St. Croix, Virgin Islands ·Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands ·Castillo’s, San Juan, Puerto Rico ·Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA ·Jewish Community Center, Greenbelt, MD ·Stonecrest Women’s Auxiliary, Washington, DC ·Compared To What? … Arts Workshops, Washington, DC ·“The Sheet” Compared To What? Arts Publication & Events. Washington, DC ·African-American Heritage, New York, NY ·Shinnecock Indian Reservation, Long Island, NY ·Walter Daniel’s Library, Washington, DC ·Calvert Collection, Washington, DC ·King Jester Dinner Theatre, Silver Spring, MD ·Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, St. Leonard, MD ·Mattawoman Creek Art Center, Marbury, MD ·Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, Chesapeake Beach, MD