Changing Exhibits

The Ward Museum’s Changing Exhibits program installs up to eight rotating exhibitions each year in the LaMay and Welcome Galleries. The Andrew’s 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.

Storytelling with Purpose: Documentary Quilts of Dr. Joan M. E. Gaither

November 6th, 2020 - May 16th, 2021

From emancipation in Maryland, to life as a young woman in the 1960s, to Black watermen of the Chesapeake—the story quilts of Dr. Joan Gaither tell powerful biographical stories of her life, the lives of those around her, and the lives of those who came before her. An artist, educator, and 2017 Maryland Heritage Award winner, Dr. Gaither is a master at interpreting autobiographical and community stories through multimedia quilts—sometimes on her own, and often with the assistance and vision of whole communities. Experience this unique exhibit, which will feature a made-for-exhibit Eastern Shore quilt created with the participation of regional communities engaged in workshops leading up to the show.

Joan Gaither By Kristin Sullivan "Joan Gaither"

Nature in The Abstract: The Art of Eileen Olson

July 22nd, 2020 - February 14th, 2021

Experience a new exhibit that will immerse visitors in the vibrancy and power of nature, as interpreted through the work of Delaware-based fine artist Eileen Olson. Nature in The Abstract: The Art of Eileen Olson features the unique abstract expressionist style Eileen is known for, and it will include brand new works debuting at the exhibit, exploring the dynamic natural world around us. Join us in taking a journey through the vision and artistry of Eileen Olson. Nature in The Abstract will run from July 22, 2020 through February 14, 2021 in the Welcome Gallery.

Silly Birds "Silly Birds"

50 Years of Excellence: Sculptures from the Ward World Championship

January 17th, 2020 - November 4th, 2020

April 2020 will bring the 50th annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival. In celebration of this milestone, the Ward Museum’s LaMay Gallery will feature some of the “Best in World” winning pieces, starting with the very first from 1971. See some of the finest examples of gunning decoys and many of the most innovative interpretive sculptures the wildfowl carving community has to offer. Opening reception January 17, 5 p.m.

World's Interpretive Wood Sculpture Best In World Azul By Daniel Montano "2016 World's Interpretive Wood Sculpture Best In World Azul By Daniel Montano (Photo credit: Alan Wycheck)"

Charley Harper’s Bird Extravaganza

Charley Harper’s highly stylized wildlife prints, posters, and book illustrations have captivated generations of viewers. Readers and art enthusiasts may know his work from The Giant Golden Book of BiologyFord Times, or any of the over 50 ecological and conservation posters he created for non-profit conservation groups, nature centers, zoos, U.S. national parks and monuments, and international wildlife sanctuaries and biosphere reserves.

The Ward Museum is excited to display a large collection of Charley Harper prints as part of Charley Harper’s Bird Extravaganza! This whimsical exhibit is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Harper Cardinal "Cardinal with Seed by Charlie Harper"