Ward World carving show coming to Ocean City

SALISBURY — Each year the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, plays host to the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival, bringing talented artists from across the globe to Ocean City, allowing them to showcase their carving talent.   The Ward name is a tribute to Crisfield’s down neck decoy carvers […]

Addition to the Ward Museum to serve as education center, meeting space

SALISBURY — The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University will host the groundbreaking ceremony of the new John A. Luetkemeyer Sr. and Thomas F. Mullan Jr. Legacy Center on Tuesday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to noon.

John A. Luetkemeyer Jr. and Thomas F. Mullan III donated a combined gift of $400,000 for the construction of the new facility at the museum to be named in honor their late fathers.

With their generous donation, the new building will add 2,300 square feet to the museum and be used as an education center and flexible meeting space to serve the growing needs of educational and cultural programs for all ages.

Ward World show this weekend in Ocean City

SALISBURY — Each year the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, plays host to the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival, bringing talented artists from across the globe to Ocean City, allowing them to showcase their carving talent.

This year’s event will be held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on April 24-26. The wildfowl carvings are highly meticulous decorative works of art that can be used as functional hunting decoys. These spectacular sculptures, coveted by celebrities and avid collectors alike, mimic wildfowl species such as red tail hawks, bald eagles, saw whet owls, wood ducks and thousands of other species from around the world.

The Ward name honors the legacy of those Crisfield “wildfowl counterfeiters in wood” Lem and Steve Ward who transformed functional decoy carving to the prized decorative artform that is it today.

On display will be more than 1,400 wildfowl carvings by artists representing all levels of experience — from youth to world champions each competing for a share of nearly $60,000 in cash and prizes. Since the first competition, more than four decades ago, the World Championship has awarded carvers with over $2.5 million in prize money. It is a great opportunity for anyone attending to learn about eclectic bird species through the carvers’ interpretation of nature.

“You will have a chance to enjoy the beauty of many of the more than 600 bird species in the United States, in addition to species from around the globe,” said Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the Ward Museum. “For anyone who adores nature, enjoys birds and has an appreciation for fine art, the World Championship is the place to be to experience the best wildfowl art the world has to offer.”