"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

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.

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".

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

Talon Winery Equestrian Series John Ward
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
John was recognized as the Artist of the Month (February 2010) at the Gateway Regional Arts Center in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. The work featured was "Fall Fence Line" and "Field of Lilies".

Talon Winery Uses John Ward's, "Mother's Love", On New Equestrian Series Wine Label

Talon Winery John Ward Equestrian Series Mother's Love

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

John was on-site at Talon Winery's unveiling event to sign the bottles along with Wine Maker, Kerry Joliffe.

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.

"Camp McKee" Unveiling

John Ward Paul Patton Camp McKee

John attended the unveiling of "Camp McKee", the commissioned work he created for the Boy Scouts of America.

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