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.

How We Live with Nature: The Student Art Show

February 22nd, 2019 - April 14th, 2019

The annual Student Art Show at the Ward Museum brings together a wide range of student artists, focused on a specific theme. For 2019, the theme of the Student Art Show is “How We Live with Nature,” focusing on the everyday landscapes of our communities and how each person interacts with it. These projects are intended to be multi-disciplinary, combining diverse forms of artistic creation with guided projects developed by teachers in coordination with Ward Museum education staff.

Room with sign Poetic Landscapes Student Art Show

50 Finest Decoy Makers Before 1950

September 28th, 2018 - February 17th, 2019

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ward Foundation, the Ward Museum is holding an exhibit of fifty great decoy carvers and their works prior to 1950.  The content of the exhibit is drawn from community nominations for both makers and their birds.  It will be the premier exhibit during the Ward Foundation 50th Anniversary event held during Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo.

2018 50 finest exhibit "Pintail hen ca. 1935, by Charles Perdew"

A Century of Conservation: The 1918 North American Migratory Bird Treaty

August 24th, 2018 - February 17th, 2019

As part of the 50th anniversary of the Ward Foundation, the Ward Museum will be celebrating the centennial of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act and its transformative relationship with the Chesapeake Bay through a Welcome Gallery exhibit focused on the landmark legislation. Join us as we uncover the local impact of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act through a wide array of antique decoys, sporting accessories and conservation ephemera.

2018 Bird Treaty exhibit "Washington Market, 1906. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York"

Through Artist Eyes: The Eastern Shore Revealed

May 18th, 2018 - September 23rd, 2018

Artists from across the eastern shore exhibit works that explore the area’s natural and working landscapes, rich urban and rural lifeways, and the beauty of the everyday living in this special region.  Works in a variety of media, including painting, photography, wood, stone and metal, reveal the artistic vision and talents of those making art reflective of the Eastern Shore.

2018 Eastern Shore exibit "Tidewater Terrapin, by David Turner"

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! In addition to the indoor exhibit, the Extravaganza continues outside as well. Get up close and personal with nature as you search for Harper’s birds and their real-life counterparts in a bird-themed scavenger hunt. The hunt takes place on the Norman and Judy Glenn and Eugene Burkett Nature Trails alongside the Ward Museum. This whimsical exhibit is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Harper Cardinal "Cardinal with Seed by Charlie Harper"