Charles Ward made history in 1935 when his painting, Progress and Industry, was the first New Deal post office mural installed in the country. That program was a natural fit for Ward who once described his art, including modernist landscapes, insightful figurative works, and scenes of laborers both in Bucks County and in Mexico as ‘paintings for people.’ Despite the acclaim for his murals, Ward spent his career on more personal subjects in his Carversville, Pennsylvania studio. Organized by the Michener Art Museum and guest curated by David Leopold, this retrospective and catalouge explored for the first time the full range of Ward’s work, art that resonates with deep empathy for his fellow man and the land and people he loved.

This exhibition was sponsored by:

Lead Sponsors

  • Susan & David Levine
  • Owen Medd


  • Coryell Gallery
  • Andrew J. Cosentino

Additional Support

  • Richard & Stana Lennox