Monday, October 8, 2012
1930s America's Great Depression - Glen Allison Ranney 1896–1959
Glen Allison Ranney produced both paintings & lithographs between 1935 and 1943, for the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project in Minnesota. The goal of the project was to employ artists, during the Great Depression, to produce "the first true portrait of America" - a record of the nation's varied people and places by local artists who knew those subjects best.
Ranney was born in Wisconsin and raised in South Dakota. Ranney served in the Medical Corps in WW I. When he returned, he studied at the Minneapolis School of Fine Art, College Art & Design. From there, Ranney traveled to New York City to accept a scholarship at the Art Students League where he worked under George Luks, among others.
Upon his return from NYC, he spent 1923-24 painting with fellow Minnestota artist Cameron Booth at the Leech Lke Indian Reservation in Minnesota.