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 Nancy Sussman Ranson  (1905 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: impressionist marine painting and serigrapher

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The following is from Peter Kostoulakos, AOA, NEAA:  Fine Art Consultant,

Nancy Sussman Ranson — painter and serigrapher — was born in New York City on September 13, 1905 and died in 1993.  She was actively creating works in oil, watercolor, acrylic, and silkscreen from the 1940s to the 1980s.  Ranson studied at the Pratt Institute, BFA; the New York School of Fine & Applied Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art School; the Art Students' League with Jean Charlot (1898-1979), and Robert Brackman (1896-1980); with Alexander Brook (1898-1980) and Robert Laurent (1890-1970). Her address in 1984 was 400 Rugby Road, Brooklyn, NY.

Ranson's exhibitions and awards include the American Watercolor Society in 1940,1942, and 1943; the National Association of Women Artists from 1943 to 1946, and 1956 winning the Medal of Honor in Graphics; the Brooklyn Society of Artists from 1941 to 1946; the "Tomorrow's Masterpieces" Exhibition in 1943; the Long Island Art Festival in 1946; the Argent Gallery; the Grand Central Galleries, New York in 1946; the Feragil Gallery; the Critics Choice Exhibition in 1947; the National Association of Women Artists in 1952, 1953, 1956, and 1958; the Grumbacher award in casein in 1954; the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1951; the American Color Printmakers Society in 1955; the Brooklyn Society of Artists in 1955; the National Serigraphic Society in 1956; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 1957; the Audubon Artists in 1958; the MacDowell Foundation Fellowship in 1964; the Color Prints of Americas, New Jersey State Museum, 1970; the Brooklyn Museum; the New Jersey State Museum; the American Institute and Academy of Arts and Letters; the Brooklyn Public Library (main branch) one-woman); and the American Society of Contemporary Artists, first prize in Graphics in 1970 and an award of merit in 1981 .

The artist was a member of the Brooklyn Artist's Society; the New York Society of Women Artists (vice-president, 1968-1969); the American Society of Contemporary Artists (president, 1969-1971); the National Association of Women Artists (chairman for exhibitions, 1963-1967; chairman of admission, 1969-1971); the Audubon Artists (director, graphics, 1970-1973); and the American Color Print Society.

Ranson's work is in the collections of the Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; the Butler Institute of American Art; the Smithsonian Institution; Brandeis University; the Mexican Government Tourist Commission; the Key West Art and Historical Society; the Reading Public Museum; the Museum of the City of New York; the Free Library, Philadelphia, PA; the National Art Gallery New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; and the National Museum of Modern Art, New Delhi, India.

Who Was Who in American Art, 1999, page 2704; Davenport's Art Reference, 2006/2007 Edition, page 1761; Mantle Fielding' Dictionary, 1986, page 755; Dealer's Choice Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters... 2002 page 1131; and Bloom Fine Art & Antiques Inc., Brooklyn, NY.

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