Ulysses Anthony Ricci (1888-1960)

 

Ulysses Anthony Ricci (1888-1960)
American medallion & architectural ornamental sculptor ;
Ulysses A, Ricci ; U.A. Ricci ; U. A. Ricci ; E. Anthony Ricci ;
[Born May 2, 1888 in New York, NY – died June 26, 1960 in New York, NY]

 

FAD record control number: 70115 ;

Record level: Person ;

Record type: Artist ;

 

Ulysses Anthony Ricci (1888-1960) biography:

Birth: May 2, 1888 in New York, NY ;
Death: June 26, 1960 in New York, NY ;
Sex: Male ;
Ethnicity: White ; 
Zodiac:
Taurus ;

Known for: Architectural ornament ; medallions ; coins ;
Medium: marble ; metals ; oil ; watercolor ;
Technique: carving ; forging ; painting ;
Subjects: Greek mythology ;

Areas: New York, NY ; Philadelphia, PA ; Pittsburgh, PA ; New Brunswick, NJ ; San Francisco, CA ;
Region: North East ; West Coast ;
Lived: New York, NY ; Philadelphia, PA ; Pittsburgh, PA ; New Brunswick, NJ ;
Father: Henry Ricci (1858-?), an Italian-born plasterer ;
Mother: Valentina (Fiorentino) Ricci (1868-?) ;
Relatives: Godfrey Mameli Ricci (1892-1989), brother ; Victor P. Ricci (1899-1961), brother ;
Spouse: Mary Anna (Miller) Ricci (1893-1952), wife, married ca.1910 in Pittsburgh, PA ;
Children: Mary Anna Ricci (1911-1998), daughter ;

Training: Cooper Union, New York, NY ; Art Students’ League of New York, New York, NY under sculptor James Earle Fraser (1876-1953) and George Brandt Bridgman (1865-1943) ; worked under Karl Theodore Francis Bitter (1867-1915) ;
Instructors: James Earle Fraser (1876-1953) ; George Brandt Bridgman (1865-1943) ; worked under Karl Theodore Francis Bitter (1867-1915) ;
Work: Perth Amboy Terra Cotta Works, Perth Amboy, NJ, apprentice (1902-1906) ; Opened his own studio in New York, NY (1914-1917) ; Worked under Karl Theodore Francis Bitter (1867-1915) to create sculptural ornament for the Panama–Pacific International Exposition (1914-1915) ; Partnered with Zari to create Ricci & Zari, New York, NY (1917-1941) ; Architectural works : Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Albert Kahn architect, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1920 ; Bowery Savings Bank Building, York and Sawyer architects, New York, NY, 1922 ; Wisconsin Hardware Ltd. Mutual Liability Insurance Company (headquarters), Stevens Point, WI, 1922 ; General Motors Building, Albert Kahn architect, Detroit, MI, 1922 ; Angell Hall, Albert Kahn architect, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1924 ; Detroit Free Press Building, Albert Kan architect, Detroit, MI, 1925 ; Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen Building, Cleveland, OH ; New York Telephone Building, Ralph Thomas Walker architect, New York, 1927 ; Fisher Building, Albert Kahn architect, Detroit, MI, 1929 ; DAR Constitution Hall, John Russell Pope, architect, Washington, D.C., 1930 ; Bank of Lansing Building, Kenneth Black architect, Lansing, MI, 1931 ; Department of Commerce, Louis Ayres, architect, Washington, D.C., 1934 ; American Institute of Pharmacy,John Russell Pope architect, Washington, D.C., 1934 ; National Archives, John Russell Pope architect, Washington, D.C., 1935 ; Rundel Memorial Library, Rochester, NY, Gordon & Kaelber architects, Rochester, NY, 1936 ; State Capital of PA, coin doors of elevators, Philadelphia, PA ; bronze doors at Bank of Canada, Marani, Morris & Allen, architects, Ottawa, ON ; bronze doors at the Iranian Embassy, Washington D.C., 1960 ; Medal by Ricci : Harleston Parker Medal, Boston Society of Architects, Boston, MA (1922) ; Thomas R Johnson Medal (1919) ; 332nd Infantry medal (1919) ; Salmagundi Club Medal, New York, NY (1939) ;

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Member: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, artist member (1935-1960) ; National Academy of Design, New York, NY (1914-1960) ;
Exhibited with: Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, showed several sculptures some medals (1937-1951) ;
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Ulysses Anthony Ricci [Born May 2, 1888 in New York, NY – died June 26, 1960 in New York, NY] was an American medallion and architectural ornamental sculptor.  Ricci was born to Henry Ricci (1858-?), an Italian-born plasterer and his wife Valentina (Fiorentino) Ricci (1868-?) on May 2, 1888.
Ulysses was born in New York, NY but worked and lived in both New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA before settling back into New York City.
In 1902 at age fourteen, the artist apprenticed at the Perth Amboy Terra Cotta Works, Perth Amboy, NJ until 1906.
By 1910, at age 22, the artist was living in Pittsburgh, PA where he met his wife Mary Anna (Miller) Ricci (1893-1952) and married ca.1910.  The couple had a daughter Mary Anna Ricci Jr (1911-1998).
Ricci trained at the Cooper Union, New York, NY and at the Art Students’ League of New York, New York, NY under sculptor James Earle Fraser (1876-1953) and anatomy artist George Brandt Bridgman (1865-1943).  Ricci was recognized for his talent by sculptor Karl Theodore Francis Bitter (1867-1915) who was the artist responsible for the overall decoration of the Panama–Pacific International Exposition in 1914.
After the experience of working as an ornamental sculptor under Bitter at the Panama-Pacific International Expo, the artist moved back to New York City to establish his own studio in 1914 until 1917.
In 1917, the artist partnered with another decorator and opened Ricci & Zari which collaborated with famous architects of the day to design architectural ornaments.  He worked on many buildings including: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, Albert Kahn architect, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1920, Bowery Savings Bank Building, York and Sawyer architects, New York, NY, 1922, Wisconsin Hardware Ltd. Mutual Liability Insurance Company (headquarters), Stevens Point, WI, 1922, General Motors Building, Albert Kahn architect, Detroit, MI, 1922 ; Angell Hall, Albert Kahn architect, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1924, Detroit Free Press Building, Albert Kan architect, Detroit, MI, 1925, Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen Building, Cleveland, OH, New York Telephone Building, Ralph Thomas Walker architect, New York, 1927, Fisher Building, Albert Kahn architect, Detroit, MI, 1929, DAR Constitution Hall, John Russell Pope, architect, Washington, D.C., 1930 ; Bank of Lansing Building, Kenneth Black architect, Lansing, MI, 1931, Department of Commerce, Louis Ayres, architect, Washington, D.C., 1934, American Institute of Pharmacy,John Russell Pope architect, Washington, D.C., 1934, National Archives, John Russell Pope architect, Washington, D.C., 1935, Rundel Memorial Library, Rochester, NY, Gordon & Kaelber architects, Rochester, NY, 1936, State Capital of PA, coin doors of elevators, Philadelphia, PA, bronze doors at Bank of Canada, Marani, Morris & Allen, architects, Ottawa, ON, bronze doors at the Iranian Embassy, Washington D.C., 1960.
The artist’s training under James Earle Fraser (1876-1953), who was responsible for the buffalo-head coin for the US mint, inspired Ricci to follow in his footsteps and create his own medallions and medals.
Of the known metal works, Ricci had produced at least four medallions, one for the Salmagundi Club, New York, NY (1939), the Harleston Parker Medal for the Boston Society of Architects, Boston, MA (1922), the Thomas R Johnson Medal (1919) and the 332nd Infantry medal (1919).  The Salmagundi Club Medal debut on February 7, 1939, at a special evening devoted to medallic art. It had been decided by consensus of the Club’s sculptor members that he design the award without competition. Ricci suggested that “the medal be so designed that it might be awarded to a lay member for distinguished service to the Club, as well as for an art award.” The resolution governing its awarding was adopted by the Executive Committee on January 24, 1939.  Originally, a strictly members award, the parameters by which the medal is awarded have been expanded in the ensuing years to include non-members who have made significant contribution to furthering those ideals espoused by the Club. For these recipients, an honorary membership is bestowed to maintain fidelity to the initial criteria. The other change allows for the medal to be given to more than one recipient in any given year. At its inception, it was the custom that the medal be presented at the annual Get-Away Dinner.  The first Presidents’ Dinner-Dance was held on March 22, 1952 and has subsequently become an annual tradition. It has not yet been determined when the awarding of the medal was shifted to this event, but it has become permanently linked to it ever since. An exception to this includes a special reception held on June 2, 1970, when the Apollo XIII astronauts — Captain James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise, and John L. Swigert — received the award for outstanding scientific achievements. In 2001, the medal was awarded to the Art Student’s League — the only non-individual ever to receive the honor.

Other recipients of note include artists Norman Rockwell, Ogden Pleissner, Al Hirschfield, Frank Mason, and Everett Raymond Kinstler, as well as the Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Thomas Hoving, Publisher Malcolm S. Forbes and American art historian William H. Gerdts.

Ricci was a member of the Salmagundi Club, New York, NY as an artist member from 1935 to 1960.  He was a member of the National Academy of Design, New York, NY from 1914 to 1960.
Ulysses showed oil, watercolor and sculpture at the Salmagundi Club over his years as a member.
Written by William Eric Indursky, 2020

 

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