Lecture series continues with discussion on Hoboken-born collage artist

Laveta Brigham

The Hoboken Museums eight-part lecture series, NJ Women Make History, continues this weekend with its sixth edition on Sunday, Nov. 22, featuring artist and art historian Nancy Nikkal and a discussion about Hoboken-born artist Anne Ryan, an artist in the field of collage who defined the genre. Anne Ryan (1889 […]

The Hoboken Museums eight-part lecture series, NJ Women Make History, continues this weekend with its sixth edition on Sunday, Nov. 22, featuring artist and art historian Nancy Nikkal and a discussion about Hoboken-born artist Anne Ryan, an artist in the field of collage who defined the genre.

Anne Ryan (1889 – 1954) was born at 227 Garden St., in Hoboken and lived in the Mile Square City until she was 14. She left to attend the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station.

She began pursuing poetry and writing prose after her marriage and moved to Greenwich Village after her children were grown up. There she began to associate with other writers and artists. She began painting in the late 1930s and began studying printmaking in Paris where she found her voice in collage.

Contemporary artist and art teacher Nancy Nikkal also specializes in collage, with 30+ years’ experience teaching the art. Her studio is located at Media Loft in New Rochelle, NY, an historic converted factory in Westchester County just north of NYC.

NJ Women Make History is an eight-part lecture series focusing on New Jersey women who made their mark on history, as part of New Jersey’s celebration of the centennial of women’s right to vote. Guest speakers include authors and scholars, as well as the live participation of New Jersey women poets. The lecture series will be streamed online, with some offering limited in-person seating at the Hoboken Museum. The archived series can be seen on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

From groundbreaking photographer Dorothea Lange, to gender barrier-breaking baseball player Maria Pepe, both Hoboken natives, the series covers women who made history in a variety of spheres, including politics, finance, philanthropy, art, poetry and sports.

The next piece of the series is planned for Dec. 6, at 4 p.m., featuring six contemporary women poets reading their work.

Face masks, hand hygiene, and social distance guidelines will be observed. All talks are free to attend but reservations are required for in-person and online participation. Got to bit.ly/NJWomenMakeHistory to reserve a spot. The Hoboken Museum is located at, 1301 Hudson St.

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