30 April 2009
Harry Calvin Ward
Harry Calvin Ward
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The artistic process of capturing a still image of what is in the mind’s eye on a two -dimensional surface will always be fascinating to me, whether through the medium of painting or the medium of photography. In my career as an artist I have simultaneously pursued both but have only exhibited my painting. As an amateur photographer, it has been my practice to always take my camera on my daily walks and document imagery that visually speaks to me, and these images have remained in my portfolios or computer files. Through this monograph, I am starting the process of organizing and putting some of my photographs into a published format .
“In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light.”
– Hans Hofmann
On my early morning walk through downtown Hattiesburg on the 30th of April 2009, I was treated to a sustained display of soft-focused images of the architectural structures set in fog, void of pedestrians and nearly free of vehicular traffic. I have selected 14 of these images for this e-book.
Harry Calvin Ward was born 27 May 1943 in Bay St. Louis, MS. He grew up in Bay St. Louis and New Orleans. He received his B.A. Degree at the University of Southern Mississippi and his M.A. Degree from East Tennessee State University.
Mr. Ward taught art at the University of Southern Mississippi from 1967 to 2005, retiring as Professor Emeritus of Art. He twice received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he taught as part of the studio faculty and was past Chairman of the Department of Art.
As an artist, Mr. Ward’s exhibition record included regional, national and international exhibitions and his awards included: The Southern Contemporary Exhibition Award, Johnson City, TN; The Richard Crosby Award in the 20th Annual Juried Exhibition, Covington, LA; The Award of Merit for best single entry in The Mississippi Competitive Exhibition, Jackson, MS. His paintings are in private collections, University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, The Sarah Gillespie Museum of Art at William Carey University, and the Mississippi Museum of Art.
Mr. Ward has had a longtime involvement with historic preservation of architecture and arts initiatives in the community. He was the cofounder and past president of the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association and past board member of the first board of the Hattiesburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Richmond Barthé, noted American sculptor and native of Bay St. Louis, MS was part of Mr. Ward’s focus as an art educator. He established the Richmond Barthé Collection in the University of Southern Mississippi Archives and was instrumental in facilitating the acquisition of two of Barthé’s pieces for the University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art Permanent Collection. Additionally, he was also instrumental in the realization of the National Small Sculpture Exhibition, which took place in Hattiesburg, MS.