biography of Charles Courtney CURRAN (1861-1942)

Birth place: Hartford, KY

Addresses: Lafayette, IN, 1861; Sandusky, OH; NYC/Cragsmoor, Ulster County, NY

Profession: Painter, teacher

Studied: Cincinnati Sch. Des.; ASL; NAD; Académie Julian, Paris, with Constant, Lefebvre, Doucet, 1888-90.

Exhibited: Brooklyn AA, 1884, 1886; AIC; PAFA, 1887-1910; Paris Salon, 1889-90 (prize), 1891; NAD, 1883-1943 (medals in 1888, 1893, 1895, 1904, 1919); Boston AC, 1893-1909; Columbian Expo, Chicago, 1893 (med); Atlanta Expo, 1895 (med); Paris Expo, 1900 (med); Pan-Am. Expo, Buffalo, 1901 (med); SAA, 1904 (prize); St. Louis Expo, 1904 (med); Soc. Wash. Artists, 1905 (prize); PAFA, 1917-35; SC, 1933 (prize).

Member: ANA, 1888; NA, 1904; NYWCC; AWCS; SA, 1888; SC; Lotos CIub; NAC; MacDowell Club

Work: MMA; NGA; PAFA; Mus. Art, Columbus; AA, Richmond, IN; TMA; Buffalo FA Acad.; Art Mus., Montclair, NJ; San Antonio AM; Fort Worth AM; Dallas AA; Witte Mem. Mus.; Mark Twain Mem., Harford, CT; Vassar; Columbia; Savidge Mem. Library, Petersborough, NY; Court House, Norwalk, OH; Lotos CIub; Chamber of Commerce, Bar Assoc., collections, both in NYC; Ohio County (KY) Public Library, Hartford, KY; Univ. Kentucky Art Mus.

Comments: A leader of the Cragsmoor Art Colony in upstate New York, he and his wife edited the art student publication Palette and Brush for several years. Curran won many prizes for figure painting, and was a prolific and popular painter all his life. In 1936, at age 75, he was honored with a large portfolio of original drawings and watercolors by his fellow members of the National Academy where he taught for many years.

Sources: WW40; exhib. catalogue, J. Bakker, Cambridge, MA (1975); Jones and Weber, The Kentucky Painter from the Frontier Era to the Great War, 45-46 (w/repro.); Fink, American Art at the Nineteenth-Century Paris Salons, 333; 300 Years of American Art, 561; Falk, Exh. Record Series.