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Gerald W.R. Ward

Faculty, MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design, New York

PhD, Boston University; BA, Harvard University

Gerald W.R. Ward is a Senior Consulting Curator and the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture Emeritus at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where his projects include an in-depth assessment of the MFA’s extensive collection of American furniture, an exhibition on Boston furniture for the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2013, and research on the Irish presence in early Boston decorative arts for the 2012 Dublin Seminar. He has served as the assistant curator at the Yale University Art Gallery and as an editor at the Winterthur Museum. Ward is a past president of the Decorative Arts Society, a Fellow of The Pilgrim Society, a Proprietor of the Portsmouth Athenaeum, a member of the National Council of the Newport Historical Society, and has served as a member of the editorial boards of Winterthur Portfolio and American Furniture.

Gerald W.R. Ward
  • Selected Publications

    Selected Publications

    Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass, (MFA, exhibition curator and author, 2011)

    MFA Highlights: Native American Art (principle author, 2010)

    “Controlled Substances: The Mastery of Materials and Techniques by Studio Jewelers” published in Jewelry by Artists: In the Studio, 1940-2000 (2010)

    Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000 (co-editor and author, 2008)

    The Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art (editor, 2008)

    Shy Boy, She Devil and Isis, The Art of Conceptual Craft: Selections from the Wornick Collection (co-author, 2007)

    MFA Highlights: American Decorative Arts and Sculpture (co-author, 2006)

    The Maker’s Hand: American Studio Furniture, 1940-1990 (co-author, 2003)

    American Folk (co-author, 2001)

    American Case Furniture in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (1988)

    Silver in American Life (co-editor, 1979)

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MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design - New York