Marywood University

Ryan Ward, MFA, Curator of The Maslow Collection and professor in the Art Department


Ryan Ward, MFA, faculty member in the art department at Marywood University, was recently named curator of The Maslow Collection at the University. Mr. Ward also teaches drawing and painting, and leads Marywood students on a European study tour each year.


Mr. Ward earned his master’s of fine arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and he earned his bachelor’s of fine arts degree from Marywood University. He has studied painting at Studio Arts College International in Florence, Italy. His work explores the malleability of history. He reimagines past events through painting and large-scale installation. Rather than aim for resolution, these reconfigurations pose questions about historical presentation itself.


As the recipient of the 2014 Murray Dessner Memorial Travel Prize, he executed an in-depth investigation of the curatorial methods of U.S. historical sites. This has led to recent solo and group exhibitions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Italy.


The Maslow Collection was moved to Marywood University in the fall of 2008, where it is utilized as a learning laboratory, providing fieldwork experiences, internships, and opportunities in curatorial and exhibition studies for Marywood students through the arts administration program. The collection also enables faculty in art history and studio arts to request individual works for presentation and student discussion in The Maslow Study Gallery. At Marywood, The Maslow Collection continues to be a major resource to the larger community, loaning works to regional and national exhibitions, as well as being available for professional research and study.


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