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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Ralph Fanning
Born Riverhead, Long Island, New York, November 29, 1889
Died Riverhead, Long Island, New York, March 15, 1971

1912 B.A., Architecture, Cornell University
1917 M.S., History, University of Illinois
1921 Master of Architecture, University of Illinois

1914-1917 University of Illinois
1920-1921 University of Illinois
1921-1956 Ohio State University
1924-1925 Lecturer, University of California
1926-1938 Bureau of University Travel, Lecturer
1936 Ryerson Lecturer, Kenyon College
1939 Ryerson Lecturer, Oberlin College
1943-1944, 1947-1948 visiting Professor, New York University
1944-1948 Research Scholar, Columbia University (summers)
1947  New York University Art Department
1951-1953 University of Georgia (spring terms)
1953-1954 University of Cairo, Egypt, Fulbright Professorship

Related Experience
1913-1914 Designer, J.CV. Westervelt Architects, New York
1918-1919 Architectural advisor, industrial housing and reconstruction of devastated districts of Marne and Meuse in France
Author, "Housing in the Devastated Districts," series of six articles, American Architect (1921);"Classical Revival in Georgia," Georgia Review (1954).
Founder, art history graduate program, Ohio State University

1919-1956 Riverhead, Long Island, New York (summers)
1927 Europe (summer)
1930 Egypt and Near East
1936 North Africa and Spain
1940-1942 Mexico (summers)

1889-1908, 1956-1971 Riverhead, Long Island, New York
1908-1912 Ithaca, New York
1912-1914 New York
1914-1917 Champaign, Illinois
1917-1919 France (Societe des Ames and American Red Cross)
1919-1921 Champaign, Illinois
1921-1956 Columbus, Ohio

Selected Exhibitions
Ohio State University, 1927, 1928, 1945
Denison University, Granville, Ohio, 1947
Taft Museum, Cincinnati, 1947
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, 1948
Schumacher Gallery, Capital University Columbus, 1988
Columbia University, New York
Cleveland College
Columbus Art League 1920-1921, 1923-1926,1928-1929, 1931-1935, 1938, 1940-1942
Art Institute of Chicago, 1924, 1926
Ohio State Fair, 1926, 1935
Ohio Water Color society 1927, 1932-1934
Ohio Sesquicentennial Exhibition, 1953
Keny and Johnson Galleries, Columbus, Ohio, 1988; Keny Galleries, 1990
Corcoran gallery of Art
National Water Color Society
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Washington Water Color Society

Selected Awards
1918 Medal of Bravery in Battle, Champaign Sector, World War I
1924 Wolfe Watercolor Prize, Columbus Art League
1925 First Prize, Columbus Art League Black and White Show
1959 Honorary Doctor of Human Letters, Ohio State University
Friends and Associates
James Hopkins, Ray Kinsman-Waters, Alice Schille
Selected Permanent Collections
Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio State University
Selected Bibliography
Biographical Files, Ohio State University Archives, Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio State Alumni Monthly 38 (April 1947): 6.
"The Faculty," Ohio State Alumni Monthly 62 (May 1971): 36.

Submitted by Edward Bentley, Fine Art Researcher from Lansing, Michigan

This biographical information was taken from the exhibition catalogue "Triumph of Color and Light, Ohio Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, James M. Keny author, held at the Columbus Museum of Art in Association with Keny Galleries, 1994.

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A resident of Columbus, Ohio and historian of art and architecture at Ohio State University, Ralph Fanning was a noted regionalist artist.  He was born at Riverhead, Long Island, New York, and studied at Cornell University and the University of Illinois.

Memberships included the Columbus Art League, the Ohio Watercolor Society and the Washington Watercolor Society.  In 1954, he had a Fulbright Scholarship to Egypt.

Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art

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