BORN: 1896 Hustler, WI
DIED: 1959 Minneapolis MN
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 Minnesota artist Cameron Booth at the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota.
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 passed away in Minneapolis Minnesota in 1959.
He is listed in: Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975
400 Years of Artists in America as well as the blog bjws.blogspot
Collection Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Local Art Purchase Fund from the 28th Twin City Annual Exhibition.
Source: Information provided by Ralph Blunt Fine Arts, courtesy AskArt.com