"Living Double" from the Mountain Workshop

John Ward artist Mountain Workshop

Sponsored by Western Kentucky University, the Mountain Workshops held their 43rd annual workshop in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky during the week of Oct. 22, 2018. In addition to the students participating in the program, WKU faculty members were joined by volunteer shooting, editing, and writing coaches who traveled from across the country to participate in the program.

John Ward was selected to be one of the "stories" for the workshop and worked with photojournalist Alexander Volberding. It was an exciting and interesting process to have John's life documented in photos including capturing John's life at work and home.

Check out John's story called "Living Double" at: (link works best in Chrome)

Photos by Alexander Volberding.

Mountain Workshop John Ward artist

John Ward Illustrates Cover of "One Drop -- A Slave!" by Eddie Price

John Ward partnered with Eddie Price, Kentucky author, to illustrate the cover of Mr. Price's new release titled "One Drop -- A Slave!", released in February 2018. The book is a sequel to Mr. Price's popular book, "Widder's Landing". Over Labor Day weekend, Eddie and John attended the Pioneer Festival in Winchester, Kentucky where those purchasing Mr. Price's book had the rare opportunity to have both the author (Eddie) and illustrator (John) sign their copies.

John Ward and Eddie Price One Drop A Slave One Drop - A Slave! Cover

Opening Reception for Artists of the Month, Betty Pace and John Ward

Winchester Art Guild Artists of the Month Announcement
Betty Pace and John Ward were Winchester Art Guild's Featured Artists, July 2017. Betty and John partnered to write and illustrate the charming children's book, "My Dog Isaac".

American County Artist, Lee Greenwood, Presented with Ripley, Ohio Bicentennial Print

Lee Greenwood John Ward Ripley Ohio Bicentennial
John Ward was commissioned by the Ripley, Ohio Lions Club to create their bicentennial print of Ripley from the waterfront of the Ohio River.  Lee...

American Academy of Equine Art: 2014 Fall Open Juried Exhibition

Buggy Ride by John Ward horse farm barn cattle

John's painting titled "Buggy Ride" was accepted into the 2014 American Academy of Equine Art fall exhibition. The AAEA is a highly selected national juried exhibition. He has been offered an Associate Membership with this prestigious group! 

American Academy of Equine Art John Ward

Kentucky Quarter Ranked First Place

Kentucky State Quarter John Ward
The Kentucky State Quarter, which John Ward contributed to the design of, was ranked first place for all state quarters in terms of design and reflecting what the state is known for.

"Flush" Commissioned by Quails Forever Hinkston Chapter

Flush Quails Forever Hinkston Chapter John Ward Tim Farmer
John Ward was commissioned by the Quails Forever Hinkston Chapter to create the picture, "Flush", which John is holding. John is shown with Tim Farmer, host of Kentucky Afield. Prints are available of this image.

American Academy of Equine Art: 2012 Fall Open Juried Exhibition

Beauty at Bennett's Mill Covered Bridge by John Ward horses Greenup County Kentucky
John was selected by the highly selective American Academy of Equine Art to exhibit his artwork, "Beauty at Bennett's Mill", in their 2012 Fall Open Juried Exhibition.

"Artists in Retrospect" at the Gateway Regional Arts Center

John Ward Goddard White Bridge Gateway Arts Center
John Ward displayed his artwork, "Goddard White Covered Bridge", during the "Artists in Retrospect" exhibit at the Gateway Regional Arts Center.

"Beauty at Bennett's Mill" Unveiling in Greenup County

Beauty at Bennett's Mill Covered Bridge Greenup County Tourism John Ward
John attended the unveiling of "Beauty at Bennett's Mill." John was commissioned by Greenup County Tourism to create this beautiful image depicting thoroughbreds grazing in front of the historic Bennett's Mill Covered Bridge.

2011 Best in Kentucky - Best Local Artist / Craftsperson, 2nd Place

2011 Best in Kentucky - Best Local Artist / Craftsperson, 2nd Place
John Ward was honored to be recognized as "Best Local Artist / Craftsperson", second place, in the Kentucky Living Magazine - April 2011 "Best in Kentucky".

Remarkable and Highly Regarded Artist

House of Representatives Citation John Ward
John received surprise recognition from the Commonwealth of Kentucky's House of Representatives as a "remarkable and highly regarded artist."