Walter MacEwen was born in Chicago February 13,1860 and died in New York on March 20,1943. He lived in Europe for many years and was one of the founding members of the Artist Colony at Edmond, Holland with George Hitchcock and Geri Melchers. MacEwen studied in Munich at the Royal Academy under Frank Duveneck, in Paris with Fermand Cormon and at the Academy Julian with Tony Robrt-Fleury.
In Europe, MacEwen was a member of the Society of American Painters, Order of St. Michael, Bavaria, Order of Leopold II, Belgium (1909). In 1896, he was awarded Chevalier of Honor and became an Officer in 1908. In the United States, MacEwen was an Associate Member of the National Academy (1903), a member of the Century Club, the National Institute of Arts and Letters and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
MacEwen exhibited at the Paris Salon, 1896; Paris Expo of 1889 (med) and 1900 (med). He exhibited in Berlin, 1891(gold); Colombian Expo, Chicago, 1890(med); Antwerp, 1894(med); Munich, 1897(med); 1901 (med); Vienna, 1902 med); Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, 1902 (prize); Art Institute of Chicago, 1902 (prize); St. Louis Expo, 1894 med); Liège, 1905(med); Pan Pacific Expo, San Francisco 1915; National Academy of Design, N.Y. 1919 (prize).
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum
Indianapolis Art Museum
Cleveland Museum of Art
Art Institute of Chicago
Museé de Magdebourg, Prussia
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Richmond Art Museum, VA
Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA
Museé Liege, Belgium
Farhat Art Museum, Beirut, Lebanon