ONSITE PROGRAM – Discover the local art community of Hamilton and Trenton, New Jersey at Grounds For Sculpture with an in depth look into their creative practice, technique and histories.
This gathering will feature a new artist each month sharing their perspective in conversation with the public. This month, meet with Cliff Ward. Curated and moderated by Áine Mickey.
Artist Cliff Ward had a number of other careers before pursuing his art full-time. He was pre-med for three years, then switched majors and received a B.A. in speech communications from Rider University. His first job was in advertising. Then he worked for a textbook publisher, and later moved to a smaller start-up publishing company in Philadelphia. When the company he worked for went out of business, Ward channeled his energy into creating art, which had always been an outlet for him. He began working at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture after first serving as an apprentice in 1997-1998. Ward was given a one-person exhibition at the Extension Gallery at the Johnson Atelier in 2000. He has participated in group exhibitions with the Artists League of Mt. Airy and the Philadelphia Sculptors at various venues, and has shown regionally at Gloucester County College, Temple University, Trenton City Museum, and the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Annuals, for example. In 2012, he also recently curated an exhibition of work in the Grounds For Sculpture education gallery from the Center for Creative Arts in Merion, PA, where Ward also teaches.