Emma Fordyce MacRae

About the artist

Emma Fordyce MacRae 20th Century American Artist

About the Artist:

Emma Fordyce MacRae, N.A. (April 27,1887 - August 6, 1974) was an American painter with a distinctive style achieved by purposefully scraping back the paint, sometimes back to the ground on the canvas, to allow areas of the color below to show through.

MacRae enrolled at the Art Students League in 1911, studying first with Frank Vincent DuMond and Kenneth Hayes Miller, and later, beginning in 1915, with Luis Mora, Ernest Blumenschein, and John Sloan. She also attended one of Robert Reid's summer courses.

For more information please read the Cape Ann Museum catalogue


Allied Artists of America, American Women’s Association, Art Alliance of America, Cosmopolitan Club, Gloucester Society of Artists, National Assn of Women Painters and Sculptors, National Academy of Design, National Assn of Mural Painters, New York Society of Painters, North Shore Arts Association, Pen and Brush Club, Philadelphia Art Alliance, The MacDowell Club and The Philadelphia Ten


“Cosmos” Honorable Mention, National Association of Women Painters and sculptors 1924 (NAWPS);  “Easter Lilies” Honorable Mention, NAWPS 1927;  “Naida Gray”  Kingdon Gould Prize, NAWPS 1928; “Stelka” National Arts Club Gold Medal 1930; “Foxgloves”  Honorable Mention Allied Artists of America (AAA) 1932; “Before the Song” Gimbels, Philadelphia Prize 1932; “Cosmos” Edith Penman Memorial Prize, NAWPS 1934; “Days End”   Lucille Douglas Memorial Award, American Women’s Association 1941; “Low Tide” Hans Hinrich Prize, AAA 1942; “Days End” Celene Baekeland Prize, National Association of Women Artists 1945; “Half Moon Beach” First Prize, Pen and Brush Club 1946; “Central Park Bridge”  First Prize Pen and Brush Club 1950; “Thunder Bird” Prize, Pen and Brush Club 1954;  “Easter Lilies with Alice’s Portrait” Prize, Pen and Brush Club 1963

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