Landscape painter Joe Evans was born in New York City in 1857. He studied with Jean-Leon Gérôme at the École des Beaux-Arts for three years, as well as at the National Academy of Design, where he exhibited from 1890 to 1895. After studying in Paris, Evans returned to New York, where he was active in the Art Students League and worked as an actor and stage manager in the theatre. A sociable man in spite of frail health, Evans had a large circle of friends that included the artist Dennis Miller Bunker and the actress Ellen Terry. Owing to his early death in 1898, only a limited number of his works survive. He was president of the Art Students League in NYC and Secretary of the Society of American Artists. Memberships included the Society of American Artists and Art Students League, and among exhibitions sponsors were the Society of American Artists; the Art Institute of Chicago, 1890; the National Academy of Design, 1890-1895; and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 1894, 1895 and 1898.