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Jack Coughlin is an artist of Irish-American heritage, well known for his portraits of literary figures and musicians. His prints, drawings and watercolors have been exhibited widely across the United States and Europe. They are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Collection of Fine Arts in Washington D.C., the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences in Virginia, the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, the University of Colorado, the Philadelphia Free Public Library, Staedelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfort, Germany, the New University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and in several other important museum, university and library collections worldwide.
The collection consists mainly of Jack Coughlin portraits and etchings, and letters documenting the provenance of the artwork between Coughlin and Maureen Connelly. A 1982 etching of poet Seamus Heaney by Coughlin can be found in the Seamus Heaney Collection.