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  1. Dana Ward says:

    Nina Belle Ward was my Great Aunt. She studied at the New York School of Art, Chase School, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the St. Louis School of Fine Art, and for many years taught art in Kalamazoo and was instrumental in founding the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. In 1914 she won the Mary Smith Prize for her painting Elizabeth at an exhibit at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, which still has the picture in their collection. If you know any more about her or own one or more of her pictures I would very much appreciate hearing from you.

    • Greg Waskowsky says:

      Hello Dana,

      As you probably know, there are 3 Nina Belle Ward paintings here at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. You can see them online by going to the following link:


      We also have high resolution images that I will be glad to sent along.

      “Portrait of a Lady in Black” will be one of the 90 works included in a handbook to the KIA collection that we hope to have published late in 2014. I’ll be writing the text for the painting, so I am very interested in any information about NBW before she came to Kalamazoo.

      Best wishes,

      Greg Waskowsky
      Curator of Special Programs (gregw@kiarts.org)

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