Exhibition:   So Long as I Am: Liam Ward MA ExhibitionLiam Ward, "Things I have been described as."
Dates:
             
March 21-31, 2016
Where:           Harrison Galleries, 2315 University Boulevard, Tuscaloosa
Reception:    Friday, March 25, 6-9 p.m., Harrison Galleries

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present Liam Ward’s master of arts exhibition, So Long as I Am, March 21-31, in the Harrison Galleries in downtown Tuscaloosa. There will be a reception for the artist Friday, March 25, 6-9 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Liam Ward’s photographs form a personal mythology that develops from his complex and contradictory relationships with the world. Ward explains that his work explores “the frustrations of indexical labels, personal beliefs, and expectations and how they have shaped my identity. I am also investigating natural life cycles and how they parallel and inform my personal history.” He writes that his images are “notations of time…to remind us that nature has its own time frame.” He has “learned to trust in the calm junctures of these primal cycles in the face of contradictory environments,” but ultimately, Ward says, “timelessness…reveals who I am.”

Liam Ward, a photographic artist from Syracuse, New York, received his BFA in studio art from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2013, graduating with honors. Ward has been a teaching assistant at the Maine Media Workshops in Camden, Maine, SUNY Plattsburgh, and at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa. During his candidacy at UA he has taught and assisted multiple classes in photography. He has published work in BOAATPhotographers Forum, and Onward Forward and has exhibited at the 2015 Society for Photographic Education South Central Conference Exhibition in Oklahoma City. He serves as a graduate ambassador for UA’s Graduate School and is a member of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE). More of his work can be viewed here: liamward.co.

A thesis exhibition is one of the requirements for the successful completion of the Master of Arts program. For more information about the graduate programs of the UA Department of Art and Art History, visit these links: http://art.ua.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/.