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Gerald W.R. Ward

Gerald W.R. Ward
Title: 
Visiting Lecturer
Department: 
Office: 
Tower 541
Education: 
Ph.D., Boston University; A.B., Harvard College
Professional Experience: 
  • Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts & Sculpture Emeritus, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Consulting Curator and Editor of the Portsmouth Marine Society Press, Portsmouth Historical Society, Portsmouth, NH

Exhibitions

  • 2019 - Curator, "New Hampshire Folk Art: By the People, for the People, and Contemporary NH Folk Art with the League of NH Craftsmen," Discover Portsmouth Center, April 5-September 29, 2019
  • 2011 - "Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass." Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, April 10, 2011-August 7, 2011
  • 2010 - Co-Curator. Art of the Americas Wing. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, permanent installation, opened November 2010
  • 2003 - Co-curator. "The Maker’s Hand: American Studio Furniture, 1940-1990." Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, November 2003-February 2004

Publications & Presentations

  • 2019 - New Hampshire Folk Art: By the People, For the People, and Contemporary NH Folk Art with the League of NH Craftsmen. Portsmouth Marine Society Press, no. 40. Portsmouth, Portsmouth Historical Society
  • 2018 - "Northern Circles: An Innu Ceremonial Robe." In Pat Warner and Gerald W.R. Ward, eds., American History, Art, and Culture: Writings in Honor of Jonathan Leo Fairbanks (Brockton, Mass.: Fuller Craft Museum, 2018), 96-99
  • 2016 - Co-editor and contributor. Boston Furniture, 1700-1900. Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts
  • 2016 - Paul Revere: Sons of Liberty Bowl. Boston: MFA Publications
  • 2008 - Editor, The Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art. New York: Oxford University Press

Awards & Recognitions

  • 2013 - Wendell D. Garrett Award, Winterthur Museum

Professional Affiliations 

  • 1990-present - Editorial Board, American Furniture
  • 2013 to 2019 - President, National Council, Strawbery Banke Museum (Elected to Council in 2003) 
  • 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012 - Elected New Hampshire State Representative, Portsmouth Ward 4 (Rockingham County District 28)
  • 2017, 2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003 - Elected for two year terms as Clerk and/or Moderator, Ward 4, City of Portsmouth, NH
  • 2015 - Elected Board Member, Piscataqua Decorative Arts Society
  • 2013 - Elected Fellow, Massachusetts Historical Society
  • 2013 - Elected New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association
  • 2013 - Elected Advisory Board Member, Historic New England 
  • 2011 - Elected National Council Member, Newport Historical Society
  • 1989 to 2008 - Editorial Board, Winterthur Portfolio
  • 2003 - Fellow, The Pilgrim Society, Plymouth, Massachusetts (Elected 2003)
  • 1992-2002 - President, The Decorative Arts Society, Inc. 
  • 2001 - Elected to The Colonial Society of Massachusetts
  • 1994-1995 - Editorial Board, Journal of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
  • 1991, 1996 - Percent for Art Selection Committee, New Hampshire State Council on the Art (Served as Expert on New Hampshire antiquities)
  • 1991, 1993 - Board of Directors, Portsmouth Athenaeum (Elected 1988)
  • 1993,1986 - Chair, Montgomery Award/Prize Committee
  • 1984, 1976 - General Commission on Archives and History, The United Methodist Church
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