Schwandorf International Residency, Germany, 2018
Sharpe Walentas Studio Space, 2016-2017
Ucross Artist Residency, 2003, 2010, 2016
Roswell Artist in Residence, 2014-2015
Virginia Center of the Creative Arts, VCCA, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2014
Yaddo artist residency, 2006, 2014
The Joan Mitchell Grant, 2013
Whiskey Town artist residency, California 2007-2009
St. James Cavalier Center for Creativity Valletta, Malta, 2009
MacDowell Colony, residency, 1999, 2007
Guggenheim Fellow, 2006
Fundacion Valparaiso, artist residency, Spain, 2005
Salzburg Kunstlerhaus, Salzburg, Austria 2003
Saltonstall artist residency, 2003
Blue Mountain residency, 2002
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, 1998, 2001
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, World Views Residency, 1999, catalog
Millay artist residency, 1998
Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, 1996, catalog
Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant, 1996
Djerassi artists residency, Woodside, CA, 1994, 2014


2019 "Urbanities and Ur-Beasts", NYC
2019 Bookstein Projects, "Olive Ayhens", NYC
2019 Sala Diaz, "Organic Complexities", San Antonio, TX
2018 Visual Arts Center, "Oh What A World!" Summit, NJ
2018 Southampton Arts Center, "A Radical Voice", Southampton, NY
2017-18 Bookstein Projects, "Olive Ayhens: Lettuce Lake", NYC
2018 Mindy Solomon gallery, "Slightly Askew", Miami, Fl
2016 Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Group Show, NYC
2016 Inverness County Center for the Arts, Golf Show, Nova Scotia, Canada
2015 Roswell Museum and Art Center, "Transformation of Place", one person
2014 Lori Bookstein fine Arts, "Interior Wilderness," NYC, one person
2014 Lesley Heller gallery, "Enticing Luminosity" curated & included, NYC
2012 Lori Bookstein gallery, NYC, "Electronic Labyrinth", one person
2011-2012 New York State Museum, Albany,"Before the Fall", group
2011 Adam Baumgold gallery, NYC, "New York Drawings", one person
2011 Institute Franco-American, Rennes, France, "Into the Trees", group
2011 Sue Scott gallery, "PAPER A-Z", group
2010 Frederieke Taylor, Anniversary Invitational
2010 The Nicolaysen Art Museum, "27 years of "Arts Residencies," Casper, WY
2010 Volta Art Fair, NYC
2009 Next Wave Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, curated by Dan Cameron
2009 Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NYC, "Urban/Architecture", one person
2008 Lockhart Gallery, SUNY Geneseo, one person
2007 Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NYC, "Extreme Interiors", one person
2007 Mid-Manhattan Library,"Rivers of Light", one person
2006 Frederieke Taylor Gallery,"Undercurrent", group, NYC
2005 Watkins Gallery, American University, Washington, D.C. one person
2005 Lehman College, group, Bronx, NY
2004 American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture
2002-07 Adam Baumgold Gallery, NYC Drawing show, NYC, San Luis Obispo Art Center, Drawing, NY, S.F.L.A.
2002-03-04 Gary Tatintsian Gallery, NYC one person show, NYC
2002 Fordham University at Lincoln Center, Poly.auto.graphy, NYC
2002 Ace Gallery, Artist to Artist A Decade of the Space Program, NYC
2001 Pulp Fictions, Sonoma State University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, CA
2000-05 Pierogi Gallery traveling shows (flat files), San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc
2000 "The Act of Drawing," Rush Art Gallery, NYC
1998 "Earth, Water, Air," D. C. Moore Gallery, NYC
1997 "Aerial Perspectives: Imagination, Reality and Abstraction" D. C. Moore
1996 Frederick Spratt Gallery, one person show, San Jose, CA
1995 Bucheon Gallery, one person show, San Francisco, CA
1994 Michael Himovits Gallery, one person show, Sacramento, CA
1994 Beall Park Art Center, one person show, Bozeman, MT
1993 Fifteen Year Celebration, San Francisco Museum of Modern Artist Gallery
1991 "Artists Views on Romance," Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art
1991 Spectrum, Michael Himovits Gallery, one person show, San Francisco, CA
1990 Lenore Gray Galley, one person show, Providence, RI
1989 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist Gallery, one person show
1988 Allegra Gallery, one person show, San Jose, CA
1987 California State University, Fresno, CA, one person show
1987 "Passages-California Women 1945-Present," Fresno Art Museum, Fresno,
1987-88 Pro Arts Annual, Oakland, CA
1986 "Crisis and Charisma," Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco
1985 Nelson Gallery, one person show, University of California, Davis
1986-84-72 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA ("8 Women Artists, "X Rated," She")
1984 "Seven Narrative Painters," Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
1983 Pro Arts, one person show, Oakland, CA
1983 "Impolite Figure," Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1982 "Watercolor," Joseph Chowing Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1981 "Pattern Painting," San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
1981 "Myths," Patrick Gallery, Austin, Texas
1981 "Narrative Painters," San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
1980 "San Francisco Art Institute Annual," Emmanuel Walter Gallery
1978 "Survey-Bay Area ," Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
1976 Central Washington State University, one person show, Ellensburg, WA
1975 "Survey Show," San Francisco Museum of Modern Art , San Francisco, CA
1973 The William Sawyer Gallery, one person show, San Francisco, CA
1973 "Women U. S. A., "Laguna Beach Art Museum, Laguna, CA
1972 San Francisco Art Institute, one person show, San Francisco, CA
1971-74 Emmanuel Walter Gallery,("Painting on Paper Show " Four Person Show") San Francisco, CA
1971 "Four Draftsman," Richmond Art Center, Richmond


Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine, To see, Visionary drawings and paintings, 2020
Lettre International, Kurst out of Berlin, 17 reproductions, 2020
Granta, Second Nature, reproduction of Yellowstone painting, 2020
Andrea K. Scott, the New Yorker, Goings on about Town, Bookstein, 2019 Art Spiel, Etty Yaniv, Unique Improbabilities, Olive Ayhens, 2019
Catalog from show, Bookstein Projects, Urbanities & Ur-Beasts, essay Susan Platt, 2019
Thomas Micchelli, hyperallergic.com, "Oh What A World", Visual Arts Center, Summit, NJ, 2018
David Cohen, Art Critical, week at a glance, 2017
Harper's Magazine, reproduction, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Vicky Lowry, Elle Decor, Art Shows, 2015
Ray Berrones, Vision Magazine, A Life Journey Told Through Art, Roswell Art Museum, 2015
Barbara Pollack, Art News, reviews, New York, 2014
Stephen Maine, Hyperallergic.com/135019/painting-the-wilderness-of-the artistic-imagination, 2014
Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine, TO DO, 4 See, Unsweet candy, Interior Wilderness, June 2014
William Eckhardt Kohler, A Few Current Shows Downtown, Enticing Luminosity, Lesley Heller gallery, 2014
David Cohen, Art Critical Pick, 2012
David Cohen, Art Critical Pick, Olive Ayhens at Lori Bookstein, 2012
Kristy Gray, Star-Tribune, Exhibit celebrates 30 years of the Ucross Foundation, 2010
Mario Naves, "City Arts" Nature/Architecture at Frederieke Taylor gallery, 2009
Marjorie Welishy, Currently Hanging, the New York Observer, 2009
EmploymentAlix Finkelstein, the New Year’s Group Dynamic, the New York Sun, 2008
Francis Monrone, A New Yorker at Heart & in Paint, the New York Sun, 2007
Angela Gilltrap, Urban Impact, the Artist Magazine, 2007
Best in Show,R.C. Baker,Undercurrents, Village Voice, 2006
Dinah &Paul Ryan, Post-Conventional Generativity, Art Papers, 2006
Cynthia Nadelman,Art News review, May 2005
Mario Naves,Our Great City, Outdoors The New York Observer, 2004
David Cohen Olive Ayhens The New York Sun, November, 2004
David Cohen Arts & letters The New York Sun, March, 2004
Mario Naves, Lovely Litter The New York Observer, 2003
Ken Johnson, The New York Times, 2003
Cathy Lebowitz, Art In America review, May 2002
Kim Levin ,Haunted by herds of Buffalo, the Village Voice, 2002
Roberta Smith, "Aerial Perspectives: Imagination, Reality and Abstraction." New York Times, August 21, 1997, p. C25, vol. CXLVI
Robert Mahoney, "Aerial Perspectives: Imagination, Reality and Abstraction". Time Out New York, 1997 Issue 98 p.47
Bana Witt, "Downtown death camps, cities in the sea.", Western Edition, 1995
Mary Hull Webster, "Perils of the Artist-Hero", Artweek, 1991, p. 1b
Nancy Bodo, Landscapes and Allegorical Images", Art New England, 1990
Mark Van Proyen, "Diversity and Excellence", Artweek, 1988, vol .19
Sylvie Roder, "A tradition of Landscape", Artweek, 1986, vol. 17
Will Torphy, "Everything's Not Enough", Artweek, 1986, vol. 17
Thomas Albright, Art in the San Francisco Bay Area 1945-1980, University of California Press
Del McColm, "From Anguish to Humor", Davis Enterprise, 1985
Lisa Weidman, "A Manic-Depressive Show", Suttertown News, 1985
Whitney Chadwick, Art Journal, Vol. 45 # 4, The College Art Association, the Figuritive Tradition in Northern California Painting" 1998
Susan Platt, "Olive Ayhens", Images and Issues, Vol. 4 #5, 1984
Barbara Kossy, "The Story of X, X-Rated: Erotic Art by Northern California Berkeley Express, 1984
Charles Shere, "Absorbing look at real life through "funk" art at Mills College Oakland Tribune, 1984
Mark Van Proyen, "Eccentric Allegories", Artweek, 1984, Vol. 15
Thomas Albright, "Landscapes and Figures: Distant from Reality", S.F.Chronical Cathy Curtis, "The Abtasive Gesture", Artweek, 1983, Vol. 14
Whitney Chatwick, "Bay Area Narrative Painting", catalogue essay,1981
Judith Bettelheim, 'California Perspective, Pattern Painting & the Decorative Images & Issuse, 1981
Chuck Simmons, "Spirit Portraits", Artweek, 1982, vol. 13
Kathryn McKenna, "Gallery keeps Contemporary art afloat", Austin American
Kavid Tarlo, "The Faculty Art Exhibit", The Daily Texan, 1981
Mary Lancaster, "CWSC Art Gallery exhibits painter of bold , bright gouaches, Ellensburg News, 1976
Thomas Albright, "Quasi Sex", San Francisco Chronicle, 1973
Judith Dunham, "Olive M. Ayhens" Artweek, page 15, 1973
Albert Frankenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 1973
Albert Frankenstein, Extraterrestrial Art, San Francisco Chronicle, 1971


2012, Chautauqua Summer program, Chautauqua, NY
2010 Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, Britney, France
2010 Visiting artist, Green Mountain College, Vermont
2009-2010 Mass. College of Art, at Bennington
2008 Anderson Ranch arts center, summer workshop, oil painting
2007 Ox-Bow, Instructor, watercolor, Chicago Art Institute
2006 Ox-Bow, Visiting Artist, Chicago Art Institute
2004-O5 Assistant Professor, American University painting, studio experience, graduate drawing
2001-02 New School University, NYC, painting and drawing on site
2002 American University, Washington, D.C. working with graduate students
1999-00 Visiting Artist, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville; NY, watercolor
1996-97 Adjunct Lecturer, SUNY at New Paltz, NY; water media and drawing
1993-94 Assistant Professor, Montana State University; painting all levels, working w/graduate students drawing all levels
1993 Assistant Professor, San Jose State University; Painting and drawing
1991 Lecturer, Stanford University; drawing and working with graduate students
1989-90, 2010 Assistant Professor, Brown University, painting; drawing, studio practices
1987 Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin; painting and drawing
1984-85 Assistant Professor, University of California; Berkeley, painting, drawing
1982 Lecturer, Indian Valley College; drawing - all levels
1980-81 Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin; sophomore painting, advanced painting, advanced life drawing, life painting
1979 Visiting Artist, Illinois State University, Normal, IL; Lecturer, San Francisco State University; advanced painting
1978-79 Lecturer, California College of Arts and Crafts; watercolor, painting
1973 Lecturer, California College of Arts and Crafts; painting
1972-73 Lecturer, Weber State College


2015 Roswell Art Museum and Art Center
1989,90,96,2007, 2009, 2015 Brown University, Providence, RI
2012 Chautauqua, NY
2011 Havenford College, PA
2010 Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, France
2010 Green Mountain College, Vermont
2009-2010 Mass. College of Art
2008 Anderson Ranch, CO
2008 Purchase College, State University of New York
2008 SUNY Geneseo, NY
2007 Artist Dialogue w/Mario Naves, Mid-Manhattan Public Library
2006,07 Ox-Bow, Summer Program of the Chicago Art Institute
2005 Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
2004 Maryville University, St. Louis, MO
2002 American University, Washington, D.C.
1999 Bradley University, Peoria, Il.
1996 Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
1993,94 Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
1993 Chairperson of Panel, "Persistence of Vision", Women's Caucus for Art
1990 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1987,86,80 University of Texas, Austin, TX
1986,79 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
1985 Fiber Works, Berkeley, CA University of California, Berkeley
1984 Mills College, Oakland, CA
1982,74 San Francisco Art Institute, Lecture and panel
1980 Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
1979 San Francisco State University Illinois State University, Normal, IL
1975 Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA
1972,73 Weber State College, Ogden, UT
1972 California State University at Fresno, Panel on Women Artists
1971 University of Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa


The Girls Club Warehouse, Fort Lauderdale, Fl
West Collection, Oaks, PA
Anderson Museum, Roswell, NM
Watkins Gallery, American University, WA, D.C.
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
Mills College, Oakland, CA
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
University of Northern Iowa


Arts for Transit, MTA, NYC; Michael Boodro, NYC; Schreck, NYC; Greg Avis, Clyde Park, MT; Dr. John Coyne, Point Pleasant, NJ; Suzanne Waltman & Martin Friedman, NYC; Andy Humphrey, Hudson, NY; Mr. & Mrs Munir Javeri, CT; Andy Humphrey, Hudson, NY; F. Bruce Cohen, Chicago, IL; Elizabeth Condon, NYC; Phil Allen, CO; Brook Gladstone & Fred Kaplin, Brooklyn; Fredericke Taylor, NYC; Bruce Gladstone, Sherman Oaks, CA; David Rockefeller Jr., NY, NY Russell Moon, Dallas, TX; Vladimir Kerhman, Saint Petersburg, Russia; Swiss Re: Capital Partners, NYC; TW Trust, Dallas, TX; Adam Baumgold, NYC; Howie Kahn, Brooklyn,NY; Jack and Wiesje Van Hulst, CT; Adam & Ursule Wolski, Philadelphia, PA; Terry and Eva Herndon, Carlisle, MA; Charles Benenson, NYC; Berg, Zeigler, Lichtmans and Anderson, San Francisco, CA; Harbert International, San Francisco, CA; Saintsbury Winery, Napa, CA; Kohl Corp., San Francisco, CA; Jennifer and Thomas Armstrong, San Francisco, CA; Susan Platt, Seattle, WA; Junona and Bruce Jonas, San Francisco, CA; Eric Greenleaf, Berkeley, CA; Intercontinetal Pacific Group, San Francisco, CA; Broberk, Phleger and Harrison, San Francisco, CA; Regine Graves, Bordeaux, France Barbara Cohen, San Francisco, CA; Clare Isaacs, San Francisco, CA; Kevin Dugger, Santa Cruz, CA; Joe Doyle, San Francisco, CA; Marian Parmentor, Mill Valley, CA; Betsy & Mike Bolen, Town & Country, MO; Gary Tatintsian, Moscow, Russia


M.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute
B.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute