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 James (Jim) Ryan  (1898 - 1962)

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Lived/Active: Montana/New York/Wyoming/New Jersey      Known for: easel and mural painting, teaching

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Biography from The Meadowlark Gallery, Inc.:
James "Jim" Ryan
(1898-1962)

James Ryan was born in New Jersey on November 6, 1898. Although born in New Jersey, Mr. Ryan's family moved to New York City when the children were small and he spent his youth. Most of his education was done in New York.

Ryan came from a family of artists, his sister having been well known in art circles of New York. His sister gave over 17 "one woman" showings before her death. Ryan's brother had been with Tiffany's of New York in the silverware design and stationery department.

James Ryan attended the National Academy of Design* and the Art Students League) in New York City. He later went to Paris, France where he studied at the Grande Chaumiere Academy* and also the Academy Colarossi* Portrait school.

Ryan apparently enjoyed extensive traveling.

He came to Birney, Montana where he homesteaded in 1923. He designed his studio and cabin which he also built overlooking the Tongue River.

James Ryan conducted many art classes throughout southern Montana and New York. He lectured and did murals in Denver, Colorado and for many local ranchers of the Birney area. He was known for his book and magazine illustrations. In 1961, Ryan began conducting classwork in sketching, oils and other media at the Sheridan College.

Sources:
"Attack Kills Artist Here", Sheridan Press; December 3, 1962.
Elling William "Bill" Gollings personal diary entries; July 14 and 21, 1931.
Forsyth Independent; August 17, 1962.
Sheridan County Fulmer Library, Wyoming Room; Sheridan, Wyoming.

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