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John Ward's Kentucky Quarter Chair Returns Home

Kentucky State Quarter chair by John L. Ward www.jwardstudio.com

Originally posted by my daughter :: In 2001, my Dad contributed to the design of the Kentucky state quarter. That same year, he painted a beautiful chair for an auction at the Arts Center. The chair he painted tied into the state quarter design featuring My Old Kentucky Home, horse scenes, and the Kentucky state quarter mounted in the top slat. I remember my Dad taking the chair with us to paint while on vacation and painting it during the evenings. I've searched for this chair several times through the years without success. The chair went up for sell at a local estate auction last week. After 18 years, I'm excited to say the chair found its way back home and is now in my possession! A treasured family heirloom!

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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.

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.

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.

Captured on Canvas - John Ward's Natural Talent as an Artist is Winning Him Local, National Recognition

Captured on Canvas - John Ward's Natural Talent as an Artist is Winning Him Local, National Recognition
The article discusses John Ward's natural artist talent in which he is self-taught. John is a Ripley, Ohio native who combined his love of hunting with his amazing talent for painting to create detailed and lifelike pictures. All of John's art is completely original.

He's In The Money! Ward's Coin Designs Advance in Contest

Ward's Coin Designs Advance in Contest
John Ward found out he was one of six finalists in the design contest for the Kentucky quarter. Designs were voted on by Kentuckians via the internet and ballot box in the Capitol. Of the finalists, Ward is the only one with two designs that made the final cut. His designs were a thoroughbred horse in midstride with jockey in the saddle and a depiction of Stephen Foster's "Old Kentucky Home" in Bardstown.

Public's Votes Are In; 7 Finalists Advance

Public's Votes Are In; 7 Finalists Advance
John Ward sketched and submitted three ideas for the Kentucky State quarter design project. Two of this sketches were selected by public vote to move forward in the process - a thoroughbred running with jockey on board and My Old Kentucky Home. A total of seven finalists were selected to advance to the U.S. Mint, two of which were John's images. Design decisions must be made by Jan. 28, 2000, and Kentucky's quarter should be put into circulation October 2011.

Top Quarter Designs Will Advance to the U.S. Mint

Top Quarter Designs Will Advance to the U.S. Mint
The votes are in, and Kentuckians like My Old Kentucky Home, a horse and jockey, Abraham Lincoln's birthplace, and Daniel Boone for the back of the quarter. First Lady Judi Patton announced today which seven design concepts for the Kentucky quarter will be submitted to the U.S. Mint on Monday, June 21. 

Top Quarter Design Concepts Will Advance to the U.S. Mint

Top Quarter Design Concepts Will Advance to the U.S. Mint
Each state will submit a design for the back of the coin for the fifty States Commemorative Coin Program, established by federal legislation in 1997. Kentucky's quarter will be released 15th of all the state quarters because it was the 15th state.