Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art

Established in 1968, the Ward Foundation has been dedicated to promoting wildfowl art and preserving the legacy of Eastern Shore decoy carvers, Lem and Steve Ward.

For the first several years, this was done primarily through advocacy, special exhibitions, and publications. These events include the Wildfowl Carving and Art Exhibit, held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, and the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition, originally held in Salisbury but moved in 1979 to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, where it is still held today.

In 1975 the Ward Foundation established the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. Until 1991 the Ward Museum was housed in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall on the campus of Salisbury University. From the beginning of the creation of the Ward Museum, there has been a partnership between Salisbury University and the Ward Foundation.

Expanding over the next decade and a half, the museum eventually outgrew its housing on campus. By the late 1980s, there was talk of a new facility. Plans were drawn up, and in 1992 the Ward Museum opened at Schumaker Pond where it remains today.

In 2000 the Ward Foundation donated the Ward Museum facility and its collections to Salisbury University. At the same time, the Ward Foundation became an affiliated foundation of Salisbury University.

Since then, the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art has thrived. The Ward Foundation has the responsibility of operating the Ward Museum, ensuring that its educational mission is advanced, and that it remains viable and vibrant to the audiences it serves.

Place Categories: Art MuseumPlace Tags: fiber, illustration, paintings, printmaking, sculptures and woodworking

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