Bruce McGrew was the first artist-in-residence at Haleakalā National Park. He was employed as an Art Technician in the summer of 1976. He conducted sketch walks, evening campfire programs, informal talks and landscape painting discussions. Prior to this, he was the artist-in-residence at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California. He worked primarily with watercolors to demonstrate his process of "responding to the changing and unchanging qualities" of the park's landscape.
Bruce McGrew received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wichita State University in 1961 and his Master of Fine Arts in 1964 from University of Arizona. He was among the group of artists who established Rancho Linda Vista, an artists' cooperative in Oracle, Arizona. He was also one of the early members of Dinnerware Artists' Cooperative Gallery (now Contemporary Arts Gallery) in Tucson, Arizona. He was an art professor at the University of Minnesota at Morris for two years and University of Arizona for 33 years. He also taught at allied programs in Guadalajara and San Miguel de Allende in Mexico as well as Edinburgh, Scotland.
His works are included in the collections of the Cedar City Art Museum, Haleakalā National Park, Hays State University, Kansas State College of Pittsburg in Pennsylvania, Rocky Mountain National Park, Tucson Museum of Art, University of Arizona Museum of Art, University of Arizona Law School, University of Kansai in Osaka, Japan, University of Minnesota, Raymond Johnson Museum of the University of New Mexico and the Davis Dominguez Gallery in Tucson.