Changing Exhibits

The Ward Museum’s changing exhibits include six to eight rotating exhibitions each year in the LaMay and Welcome Galleries. The Andrews Emerging Artist Showcase Gallery provides further exhibit potential, focused on young and emerging artists. Below are the current and upcoming exhibits at the Ward Museum.


May 20th, 2022 - September 18th, 2022
Colorful, iridescent, and multi-textured bird feathers have long been used for ornamentation on clothing; they are featured in art work in a variety of media; and have been used creatively as an artistic medium themselves. This summer’s exhibit in the LaMay Gallery spotlights a variety of artwork interpreting or showcasing feathers—from traditional uses in Native American regalia to modern art featuring intricately cut bird feathers in abstract design.
2019 Ward's World Bird Carving Competition


June 10th, 2022 - October 2nd, 2022

Fishing flies are designed as bait, to imitate insects and other treats at the end of a fly fisherman’s line. They are made from feathers, fur, and other delicate materials in a dazzling array of colors and textures. They require refined skill to create, and often look to be as much an art form as lure. Get to know the history and art of tied flies in this summer’s Welcome Gallery exhibit at the Ward Museum.


Carving Out Her Niche

September 23rd, 2022 - January 22nd, 2023

Women have been an important force in the field of carving since its inception. This new exhibit will bring light to the stories of many of wildfowl art’s most influential and inspirational women, from Edna Perdew (Henry, IL) and her work on Illinois river decoys, to Lynn Branson (Courtenay, BC, Canada), the only woman yet to win the World Championship titles – and four times at that! The exhibit will tell the history of women within the field of wildfowl carving beginning at the turn of the 20th Century through the present.

Brown Pelican by Lynn Branson (2017)

Pat Godin Waterfowl Carving

January 27th, 2023 - September 24th, 2023

Experience the life, work, and legacy of 17-time World Champion winner Pat Godin. His work has been displayed in the Ward Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and in many private collections. Godin has the unique distinction of having won Best in World titles at the Ward World Championship at least once in each of the five decades of the competition’s existence. The exhibit will highlight the incredible work of one of the world’s most decorated carvers.

2019 Ward's World Bird Carving Competition "Best in World, Shootin’ Rig, Mallards by Pat Godin"