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Bolin, Ann Brown
b. 1893; d. 1974
Discipline: Sculpture, Wood

A sculptor by training, Ann Brown Bolin worked in stone, wood, and clay. She studied at the State Agricultural College in Fargo, North Dakota and earned a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in New York City, where she studied under, among others, the renowned Russian-born sculptor Alexander Archipenko.

Before returning to Fargo to teach at the Agricultural College, where she served as head of the Art Department from 1934-1944, Bolin was employed as the supervising art critic in secondary education at Ohio University in Athens. In 1938, she received a Carnegie Fellowship to work for a summer at Harvard University.

Although completed by a meticulous worker who produced only two or three pieces a year, Bolin’s work was exhibited both all over the country and received many regional and national awards, most notably from the National League of American Pen Women and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. In 1939, her work was shown as part of the art exhibit at the New York World's Fair, which was themed “Building the World of Tomorrow.” Her piece “Bison” is part of the permanent collection at the Walker Art Center.

- Ben Nemenoff


Barr, Paul E. North Dakota Artists. Grand Forks: University of North Dakota Library, 1954.

“Ann Brown Bolin.” Collections and Resources. Minneapolis: Walker Art Center, April 28, 2004. <>.

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State Historical Society of North Dakota

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