We at ANTIQUES are pleased that Gerald W. R. Ward has been named the first recipient of the Wendell D. Garrett Award by the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, which established the prize as a testament to the accomplishments of one of its most illustrious alumni—and the indelible voice of our magazine for more than forty years.
Like Wendell, Gerry has influenced a generation of graduate students and young professionals, most recently as a faculty member of the Sotheby’s Institute of Art program in American Fine and Decorative Art. “Through his work at Yale, Winterthur, Strawbery Banke, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Gerry stands as a benchmark for excellence in American decorative arts and history, selflessly sharing his lightly-worn yet considerable knowledge with students and scholars from every discipline,” says Tom Savage, director of museum affairs at Winterthur.
Ward, who receives the award on November 9 at the Delaware Antiques Show, told us, “I always marveled at Wendell’s way with words, his mastery of primary sources and ability to weave together the evidence derived from architecture, portraiture, silver, furniture, and other objects—along with his good humor and extraordinary energy and productivity. To receive an award that bears his name and helps maintain his legacy is an honor beyond measure.”