Born in Hartford, Kentucky in 1861, the son of Ulysses Thompson Curran and his wife Elizabeth Thompson
Spent his childhood in Sandusky, Ohio
Studied first at the Cinncinnati School of Design, then at the Art Students League in New York City, then at the National Academy of Design and subsequently at the Académie Julian in Paris
In Paris he was a pupil of Benjamin Constant (1845-1902), Jules-Joseph Lefebvre (1836-1911) and of Lucien Doucet (1856-1895)
He was a teacher at the Pratt Institute, New York City, the Cooper Union and the National Academy
Was given an honourable mention at the Salon of French Artists in 1890 and at the Exposition Universelle in 1900
Was elected to membership of the National Academy of Design in 1904 and was also a member of the Macdowell Club, the Allied Artists Association, the New York Watercolour Club, the American Watercolour Society and the National Arts Club
Won prizes at several exhibitions, including the Paris Salon of 1890, the Paris Exposition in 1885 and at the National Academy (1888, 1893, 1895, 1919)