Nina B. Ward
Portrait of Mrs. Rudolph Blankenburg, undated
Oil on canvas, 40 ¼” x 34”
Gift of Mrs. Edward Warwick, 1962
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.
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.
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