Earnest Ward

Earnest Ward

Earnest Ward
Residency Dates: October 15 – November 13, 2015
Presentation Dates:
Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 7pm at Gilbert Great Hall, Hunter Conference Center, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 7pm at the Zion Lodge Auditorium, Springdale, UT

Artist website:
Artist blog:http://earnestward.blogspot.com/

Artist Bio:
Earnest is a professional artist and studio arts educator. He has been passionately committed to art-making for more than thirty years, and to igniting that passion in others for over 20 years. Ward currently teaches place-based and nature journaling programs for the general public and interdisciplinary educators. Earnest has been the recipient of several honors and awards for his artwork, and served as Artist-in-Residence at North Cascades National Park in 2011.

Uplake Fowl Earnest Ward

Artist Statement:
I am a dramatic artist and my response to sensory experiences is personal and visceral. I record what I see and how I feel about what I see. I use dramatic color, light contrast, scale, and composition to give voice to the experience and to share it with others -- to trigger memories in those who have already experienced what I have, and to awaken an empathy and reverence for these subjects in those who have yet to experience it for themselves.

I am intrigued by, and in awe of, the natural world -- from the delicate intricacies of the smallest wildflower and insect, to the breathtaking vistas of sweeping landscapes -- and how mankind interacts with, protects, or exploits that world. During my residency I hope to encourage people to explore the park's wonders, both small and great, and to develop a keener awareness of, and appreciation for, their National Parks system by sharing my work and introducing them to the pleasures of keeping a personal nature journal.

Last updated: October 16, 2015

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