About Johanna

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Johanna Bohoy designs and paints to complete her life of art. Upon graduation from RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology), she was chosen a "Mademoiselle Magazine" Guest Editor; then went on to work as a professional designer/illustrator. She has won numerous design awards and has been honored for her environmental work. Her paintings have been exhibited at Boston City Hall, Clark Art Institute, Phillips Andover, and various galleries, and are in collections across the US, Europe and Asia. Her work was featured in the "Boston Globe" and on the "Boston Neighborhood Network." She has authored and illustrated a children’s book, been invited to lecture on design at the Smithsonian, judged numerous design shows, and featured in the professional design bibles– "CA" and "Print". Her award-winning work is in the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, NYC and the Amity Arts Foundation. She lives in an 1860s gatekeeper's cottage in an ocean town with her husband, and works out of their studio (a former duck house) for her companies Bohoy Design and Lightcaught.

Feb 7, 2023

Bohoy Designwork

Examples of various packaging designs, logos and illustration projects over the years.

Jan 7, 2023


Holiday decorations by Bohoy Design:
Retail Store window, Christmas tree, Floral arrangements, Holiday packaging, Nutcracker Tea display, Winter ladies, Holiday house display, sugared fruit. 

Jan 5, 2023


 The author needed a cover design that reflected the fragmented nature of the stories in his mind/book. This is what I felt did just that.


Sep 26, 2022

Faneuil Hall Meatball shop design

Hand painted animal tiles by Johanna Bohoy for a restaurant setup at 
Faneuil Hall, Boston. 



Sep 22, 2022

Boston Symphony Hall Installation

Gunther Schuller Poster design

 Boston Symphony Hall installation

Sep 21, 2022

Xenon Display Booth & Collateral

Xenon booth display model

Posters and brochure covers

Dec 7, 2021

A winner.

Johanna's painting "Group Hug" was awarded "Artwork Best Representing Theme" in the Historic Beverly art exhibit "Strength, Perseverance and Hope" which emphasized our pandemic experience.

The art was judged by art specialists, but also by some people from the local community– which made it even more special to me.

Her other painting "Last Hug," also in the exhibit, depicted the show's theme as well– almost more so, as it features a good friend who truly experienced strength, perseverance and hope.


May 7, 2019

City of Beverly MA Banner

 Johanna Bohoy's painting was chosen to hang as a banner throughout the town of Beverly, MA. Spring/summer 2019.

Jan 8, 2019


Mugger's Marrow needed a label redesign of "Stick' em up" spicy glaze/marinades to better emphasis: organic, low in sugar, calories & sodium plus the various available flavors.
This was a lot of information to fit on the face: the logo, the name, all of the info, and the flavor photos but Johanna was able to create these clean, informative labels. The product is now in all Stop & Shop locations in Connecticut!

Dec 17, 2018

Wishing you...

Johanna designed this holiday logo to represent all that we wish for friends, relatives, and clients– now and into 2019.

Nov 12, 2018

Fundraising Campaigns

Bohoy Design was instrumental in raising capital by designing the pieces for: 
Southern New Hampshire University, Peabody Essex Museum, 
Paraxel International and the Beverly Farms Library. 

PEM Case Statement & collateral

Bohoy Design created a 200th anniversary logo and signature for the Peabody Essex Museum which they used as their icon until the development of their new branding and museum expansion.

For this expansion PEM hired Bohoy Design to create a case statement to help raise the $125 million needed.
The final result was a portfolio of colorful, interrelated pieces that represented the vision of the director and what the “new” museum would be.

To market the new museum and also it’s unique Chinese House [YYT], which was brought over from China and reassembled on their newly transformed museum campus, two informational brochures were produced by Bohoy Design.

Feb 6, 2018

For the novel "Ghost Ship" by Lori Townsend, Johanna did a pastel painting of a ship enveloped by ghostly mists and clouds, in an ink-dark night, on an eery roiling sea. The thriller depicts reporter Zilla Gillette who investigates the human trafficking of young girls and boys who have been abducted and carried by a vessel at sea to a hidden location.

For info on the book, or to buy go to: https://www.loritownsendak.com/

Feb 5, 2018

Johanna used her painting, done in 2008 to symbolize the commencement of Obama's presidency, for the cover of the novel "American Home Wrecker" by Lori Townsend. 
The book is a depiction of the white supremacist underworld in America, as well as a look at domestic violence investigated by reporter Zilla Gillette.
For the cover design she ripped the art apart to simulate what the "home wreckers" in the book have attempted to do– divide America, abolish what our first African American president had accomplished, and to create tumult in America.
For info on the book, or to buy, go to Amazon or:  https://www.loritownsendak.com/

Jan 31, 2018

In celebration of the anniversary of jazz great Dizzy Gillespie's 100th birthday, author David G. Brown wrote "Shadowing Dizzy Gillespie" which chronicled his intimate and memorable experiences with this magical musician.  He needed a cover. Result: Johanna's illustration of balloon cheeked Dizzy depicts the spot lights of performing with the author in his shadow.  
To read about the book or buy: bravedownbooks.com

Oct 11, 2017

Boston City Paper cover Illustration & interview

Johanna Bohoy's painting of Hemingway's cats in Key West was chosen as the cover of The Boston City Paper.  Interview inside. 

Jul 24, 2017

Pastel illustration by Johanna to accompany an article she wrote about baking for the MSFA Massachusetts Specialty Newsletter.
Excerpt: “The sun was slanting thru the crisp white curtains of the compact kitchen– a scent of wild rose from the blossoming bush outside the window was perfuming the air as the breeze blew in– but the scent of cake baking in the oven was the star. My mother was singing “la de da...” as she whipped up a 7 Minute Frosting to ice the impending cake as we all hovered and waited in anticipation to lick the beaters..."

Mar 7, 2017

A Timeline

Financial Group Welch & Forbes turned 175 years old and needed a historical piece to celebrate their growth from 1838 to now.
Bohoy Design created a continuous timeline throughout a 12 page booklet that captured the history and highlights of the company. It is used in print and digitally. See the whole timeline here:

Feb 15, 2017

A Habitat

Habitat for Humanity needed a custom illustration for their Christmas Fundraiser card that encompassed home, family, warmth, holiday spirit ,and tradition. 
Johanna painted this pastel of a happy family in their loving home- the essence of Habitat's goal.

Feb 14, 2017

Fundraiser for families

Ellis Memorial works to strengthen Boston's inner city working families with education and care for children, youth and vulnerable adults. They needed a logo for their annual gala fundraiser titled "Faces & Places."
Bohoy Design produced this logo using, by their request, their historic 1885 settlement house Ellis Memorial that houses their programs, people and care. 

Sep 6, 2016

"Many years; Many faces" exhibit

You are cordially invited to view the exhibit: 
Many years; Many faces" 
Paintings by Johanna Bohoy that capture many men, women, children and pets who have been a part of her life throughout the years. 
Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine St, Beverly Farms, MA, (978) 921-6066

Thru the month of September, 2016.

May 11, 2016

Soups on!

Boston Chowda, the top selling and award winning chowder brand, needed packaging labels for their refrigerated soup line. Bohoy Design used traditional etching illustrations and bold type to capture the 'flavor' of their New England specialty.

Mar 11, 2016

Active little duck

Sciessent wanted to announce it's Active product- a silver based odor control finishby way of direct mail. Bohoy Design packaged up a toy silver duck in silver shred with a "squeaky clean" information card to be sent to potential clients. Quack quack.

Branded Blog Banner

A woman's new blog about beauty needed a "makeup" job before appearing in public. Bohoy Design created this logo/header that incorporated an illustration that melded with the title and explained the name.

Library Newsletters

Bohoy Design believes that libraries are important institutions that need support. Besides their volunteer donations of time and effort, they design pro-bono "Friends" newsletters to be sent to patrons of the Beverly Farms Library. Featured are: Spring- the annual Dog Beauty Contest, Summer- the Library Lawn Party, Holiday- the Nutcracker Tea, and Winter.


May 5, 2015

Edible Ad

Massachusetts Specialty Food Assoc. needed a group ad to appear in Edible Boston Magazine.
Bohoy Design created this full page ad featuring member's tasty products and services. Colors incorporate their logo, brand and earthy nature of the products.

Mar 11, 2015

Boston Chowda

Famous Boston Chowda wanted a special logo to grace Tshirts and containers that would hi-lite Boston and its landmarks- Faneuil Hall, The Green Monster, Lobsters, and of course the chowder.
Our whimsical illustration did just that.