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Salisbury, MD 21804

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Ward Foundation Living Legends

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, the carving community’s recognized leader, is pleased to honor Robert Kerr, Oliver “Tuts” Lawson and David Turner with the Ward Foundation 2018 Living Legends Award.

The award ceremony for this year’s Living Legends will be held in the Performing Arts Center at the Ocean City Convention Center Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:00p.m with a celebration dinner immediately following at the Grand Hotel & Spa on 2100 Baltimore Avenue in Ocean City, MD.

Living Legend recognition dinner tickets are now available, $65 for members, $75 for non members. Limited number of seats are available. Buy now or give us a call to reserve your tickets 410-742-4988 ext. 120. The Grand Hotel is offering special rates for all Ward World Carving Competition attendees. Call them today to book your room.

 The award recognizes individuals who have been long-time advocates for wildfowl art and the Ward Museum; are generous in spirit and commitment to teaching others and passing on their knowledge, skills and talents; and have created an impact on the field of wildfowl art and/or the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition.

2018 Award Recipients:

Rober Kerr, Smith Falls, ON, Canada

Oliver "Tuts" Lawson, Crisfield, MD

David Turner, Onley, VA


2017 Award Recipients:

Tom Christie, Waverly IA

Curt Fabre, Bourg, LA

Bennett Scott, Berlin, MD


2016 Award Recipients:

Del Herbert, Chula Vista, CA

Rich Smoker, Marion Station, MD

Todd Wohlt (d.), Appleton, WI


2015 Award Recipients:

Pat Godin, Ontario, Canada

Bob Sutton (d.), Long Beach CA

Bill Veasey, Elkton, MD

2014 Award Recipients:

Tan Brunet, Galliano, Louisiana

John B. Garton, Smith Falls, Ontario

Floyd Scholz, Hancock, Vermont 


2013 Award Recipients

Delbert “Cigar” Daisey (d.), Chincoteague, Virginia
Robert “Bob” Guge (d.), Sleepyhollow, Illinois
Ernest “Ernie” Muehlmatt(d.), Salisbury, Maryland

The Ward Museum strives to lead the way for advancing the understanding of wildfowl art and the interrelationships of art, nature and culture. Through educational programs, exhibits and events, the museum builds upon the legacy of Lem and Steve Ward to bring young and old to a greater understanding of the human relationship to the natural world.

The Ward Foundation Living Legends fund is intended to allow donors to make restricted gifts for the continuation of the Living Legends awards.  Gifts of $150 or more will be published as contributors to the Living Legend Fund.  If you would like to contribute to this fund, select a Donation from the Online Store and choose "Living Legends" for your donation use.


last changed 4/26/2018