Nina Bohlen
Nina Bohlen (photo by Linda Abrams)


Born in Boston, Nina Bohlen graduated from Radcliffe College in 1953. It was there that she met Hyman Bloom, who was teaching at Harvard.  She studied drawing with him at Harvard and painting in the evening at his studio on Huntington Ave, Boston.

Since 1959 she has exhibited extensively, both solo and group exhibitions.

She has had the opportunity to travel to exotic places to visit her peripatetic siblings, to Thailand to visit her brother and family, where she saw her first Asian puppets. To Kenya to draw Olive Baboons for the book Baboon Orphan written by her sister Diana Harding. To Sierra Leone with her sister and husband Dr Robert Harding, who were taking a census of animals and birds in a particular area for a National park and finally to Venezuela to study the Wedge Cap Capuchin Monkeys that were living in the Forest of Hato Pinero.

Nina divides her time between her studios in Lubec, ME and Waltham, MA.  When she is not in her studio she enjoys playing the French Vielle A Roue, in English, Hurdy Gurdy


Hamilton's Cove, Lubec, Maine (2015)
Nina's Studio,  Lubec, Maine
Nina's Studio (interior), Lubec, Maine
Nina Bohlen & Hyman Bloom (1954)
Nina with portable monotype press at Hamilton's Cove, Lubec, Maine (1974).  The press was designed by Hyman Bloom. (photo by Steve Trefonides)

Collections, Awards, Publications,Teaching Appointments & Education


    • Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    • Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
    • Fuller Memorial Museum, Brockton, MA
    • Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
    • Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Eastport, ME
    • Private Collections
    • 1989 Artist in Residence, Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France
    • 1977 American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
    • 2004 Drawing to See, Goldstein and Fishman
    • 2000 Exposé Magazine, Harvard University
    • 1990 Something about the Author, Volume 58. London: Gale Research, Inc.
    • 1987 Drawings from Boston. Selections from the collection of the Boston Public Library
    • 1981 Harding, D. and Manzolillo, D. Baboon Orphan. Illustrations by Nina Bohlen. New York: E.P. Dutton
    • 1959 Audience Magazine
    • 2003 & 2004 Monotype Workshop, Tides Institute, Eastport, ME
    • 1970-2002 Private students
    • 1993 Monotype Workshop, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
    • 1985-1993 Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA
    • 1984-1988 Newton Arts Center, Newtonville, MA
    • 1984 Monotype Workshop, Lubec, ME
    • 1970 Drawing with Susan Smyly, Boston, MA
    • 1960 Lithography with John Brennan, Museum School, Boston, MA
    • 1957 Painting with Morton Saks, Boston, MA
    • 1955-1956 Sculpture with Harold Tovish, Boston, MA
    • 1953-1955 Sculpture with Frank Tock, Boston, MA
    • 1953 B.A., Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA
    • 1952-1957 Drawing/Painting with Hyman Bloom, Boston, MA