Stephen Macomber (1889-1983)
Oil on canvas
Mystic Museum of Art Permanent Collection
Donated by Mary Kosowski
Stephen Macomber was a Rhode Island portrait, landscape, and still-life painter and educator who lived in Providence and Westerly. He attended, and would later teach, at the Rhode Island School of Design, and in 1947 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School. He also studied at the Hans Hoffman School of Art in New York City.
Macomber was a member of the Providence Art Club and the-then Mystic Art Association (now Mystic Museum of Art), and also exhibited his work at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His portraits of William D. and Lavinia B. Hoxie, members of a prominent Westerly, Rhode Island family, are on display at the Westerly Public Library, and he is also represented in the holdings of the Westerly Baptist Church, Westerly Hospital, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Providence Art Club.
In the 1950s, Macomber served in the Rhode Island state senate.