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Memorable Manitobans: Mary Frances Randolph Clay Ewart (c1872-1939)


Born in the United States, she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art with several prominent artists. In October 1907, she came to Winnipeg following her marriage to local lawyer A. C. Ewart. (They divorced ten years later.) She was President of the Western Arts Association and a member of the Arts Club of Winnipeg. In 1911 she established a Free Art School in Winnipeg, and a year later she advocated in the press for the establishment of an art gallery and professional art school in the city. She pledged $100 toward their establishment. Ewart died at Philadelphia in 1939.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

We thank Andrew Kear for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 October 2012

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