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.

Chesapeake Visual Icons

May 17th, 2019 - September 29th, 2019

The area surrounding the Chesapeake Bay has a distinct visual appeal that is centered on the iconic images of the Bay, its people, and the incredibly diverse bounty of both the water and land. From the arch of the Bay Bridge rising over the Chesapeake to the Ward Brothers in their workshop, this exhibit features historical pictures that have shaped the wider understanding of the Chesapeake. Paired with the historical images, contemporary photographers will display works that feature the Chesapeake through both cultural and environmental perspectives, offering a powerful sense of where we have been and where we are.

Aerial View Of The Chesapeake Bay "Aerial View of the Chesapeake, courtesy of Remsberg Photography"

Skilled Service: The Volunteer Art Show

April 19th, 2019 - September 15th, 2019

Many of the volunteers at the Ward Museum are accomplished artists themselves. The Welcome Gallery features a collection of works made using a variety of media and techniques by our dedicated volunteers.

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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. 2019’s theme 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

A Practiced Eye: Robert Hines

February 22nd, 2019 - May 12th, 2019

Robert W. Hines was a wildlife artist who embodied the visual aspects of the federal conservation movement. This exhibit draws from an important collection of works donated to the museum by Frances B. Juriga and Dr. John D. Juriga of Elmyra, NY, longtime collectors, biographers, and enthusiasts of Hines’ work. As an illustrator, Hines was responsible for iconic and educational images of American wildlife throughout his decades of work with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (U.S.F.W.S.) in the mid-twentieth century. His legacy is as both an artist and a steward of nature, who strove to bring the beauty of nature to the American public so that they could better understand and therefore protect it.

Harlequins by Robert Hines "Harlequins by Robert Hines"

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"