Friday, September 3, 2010

In History: Ruth Nickerson

This is the 41st post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

Jennie Ruth Nickerson (1905-1997) was an American sculptor, WPA (Public Works of Art Program) artist, art educator and teacher. She preferred to work in stone and carved directly into her materials. Her signature works were larger-than-life religious figures, but also created the occasional political figure as well.

As this site says, Nickerson was "a female pioneer in a field dominated by men until the late 1900s. ... As a female, Nickerson was unable to find apprentice work with any of the great sculptors of the time. Striking out on her own in a studio on 14th Street in Manhattan, she discovered the art of direct stone carving." Nickerson exhibited in a number of museums, including Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Cocoran Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, the Jewish Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy. Read more about her at the link, which also contains images of some of her sculptures.

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