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John Ward Receives Honor from House of Representatives for Remarkable and Highly Regarded Artist

Honor Citation John Ward Successful Artist
On May 19, 2011, John Ward received a Citation from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky recognizing and honoring John as a remarkable and highly regarded artist due to his painting being distributed worldwide in the form of prints, posters, calendars, labels and numerous other items and has been commissioned to create a myriad of other nature paintings for various organizations over the past several years.

Talon Winery Uses John Ward's Image on Second Equestrian Series Wine Bottle

Talon Winery Equestrian Series John Ward
Kentucky artist John Ward was commissioned to create the wine bottle label for Talon Winery's second Equestrian Series wine called The Games 2010, commemorating the World Equestrian Games that was hosted in Lexington, Kentucky.

John Ward Recognized as Artist of the Month at the Gateway Regional Arts Center

John Ward Gateway Regional Arts Center Mt. Sterling Kentucky
Mt. Sterling artist John Ward was recognized as the Artist of the Month (February 2010) at the Gateway Regional Arts Center in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. The work featured was Autumn Afternoon and Field of Lilies.

Talon Winery Uses John Ward's Mothers Love on New Equestrian Series Wine Label

Mothers Love by John Ward Featured on Talon Winery's Equestrian Series Wine Bottle

Kentucky artist John Ward attended Talon Winery's release of their new Equestrian Series Kentucky Red Table Wine. John's image, Mothers Love, was used for the new wine series bottle label.

John Ward as on-site at Talon Winery's unveiling event to sign the bottles along with Wine Maker, Kerry Joliffe. Talon Winery is located in Lexington, Kentucky.

Prints of Mothers Love are available.

Brushstroke of Genius

Brushstroke of Genius

Mt. Sterling artist John Ward has accomplished something very few people can claim - he contributed to the design of the Kentucky quarter. Not just one, but two images created by Ward were chosen from a pool of 1,800 submissions to place among the final six used in the quarter's design concept.

John Ward Paints Kidwell Log Cabin for Kentucky Wool Festival

Kidwell Log Cabin by John Ward

Kentucky artist, John L. Ward, was commissioned by the Kentucky Wool Festival committee to paint Kidwell Log Cabin. The cabin was home to the Kidwell family of Pendleton County in the early 1800s, and is the backdrop for the Kentucky Wool Festival grounds.

John painted a colored picture of the log cabin and also a black and white print. In addition to the prints, large note cards of the cabin were also created for purchase. The prints of the log cabin were on display at local businesses.

Prints are available of Kidwell Log Cabin.

The Kentucky Quarter 2001 Release

Kentucky State Quarter Award John Ward
John was recognized for his assistance to the Kentucky 2001 Quarter Committee and the United States Mint in the Kentucky coin design process. John's ideas assisted in the formulation of the final design of the Kentucky 2001 Quarter. John received recognition at the Kentucky Quarter unveiling on October 18, 2001, at My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown, Kentucky.

Local Artist's Talent Soaring High at University

Eagle Lake Homecoming by John Ward

Famed Montgomery County artist John Ward will unveil his most recent work, Eagle Lake Homeoming, 4:30 - 7 p.m. Thursday, November 16 at the Gallery for the Arts on Main Street.

Ward, a graduate of Morehead State University, was approached by the university president's wife, Bonnie Eaglin, at an art show with the original idea. She asked John if he would be interested in painting a special piece for the university.

Eaglin felt Ward, an MSU alumni, would have a personal interest as well in the project. Ward met with Eaglin in January, as well as other members of the university, and showed them a sketch of a single eagle.

The final picture included Eagle Lake as the backdrop, along with another eagle flying in the background. 

Prints are available of Eagle Lake Homecoming.

MSU Alumnus Paints New Eagle Print

MSU Alumnus Paints New Eagle Print

A new print of the MSU Eagle will be unveiled this weekend during homecoming activities.

The print will be unveiled in a special ceremony Oct. 20, during the Athletic Hall of Fame banquet beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Crager Room in ADUC.

The new print, which features a pair of eagles against the backdrop of Eagle Lake, was painted by MSU alumnus John Ward of Mt. Sterling.

Bill Redwine, director of Auxiliary Services, said the previous eagle print was painted 25 years ago by artist Ray Harm, but has been out of circulation for the past four or five years.

"The print was so popular President Eaglin and his cabinet decided to commission a new one," Redwine said.

"Most universities have an official print that is given out as a special award or sold for scholarship fundraising," Redwine said.

"It's nice for the alumni to have sort of a recognition piece for the university," he said.

Ward said "It's a real honor to be selected by the university to do this print. I really feel like I'm following in the footsteps of the naturalist artist who did the previous print," he said.

John Ward will sign prints on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Bookstore.

John Ward Attends Camp McKee Unveiling

John Ward Paul Patton Camp McKee

Kentucky artist John Ward attended the unveiling of Camp McKee, the commissioned work he created for the Boy Scouts of America. The print features the beautiful Camp McKee lake, along with a cluster of deer at the water's edge and geese flying overhead.

John Ward and former Kentucky Governor, Paul Patton, unveiled the beautiful work which the Boy Scouts of America created prints from.

John Ward Commissioned to Paint Morehead State University's Commemorative Painting

Morehead State University John Ward Eagle Lake Homecoming

Morehead State Univeristy (MSU) in Morehead, Kentucky, commissioned alumnus John Ward to produce a new official, full-color eagle print titled Eagle Lake Homecoming. The unveiling was Friday, October 20, as part of the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet during the Homecoming activities. Completed in oils, the scene features a mighty eagle perched in the foreground, with another eagle in flight against the backdrop of the University's Eagle Lake. Only 5,000 numbered prints and 150 on canvas was produced.

Painter John Ward Featured on Dave Shuffett's Kentucky Life Program

Kentucky Life Dave Shuffett and John Ward
Host Dave Shuffett visits wildlife painter John Ward in his Mount Sterling studio to talk about the inspiration Ward finds in nature and the techniques he uses to create realistic portraits of animals. John was featured on Dave's show, "Outdoors with Dave Shuffett". The episode will air October 11.