University of South Florida

School of Art & Art History

USF College of The Arts


Macy’s Distinguished Artist Lecture - Nari Ward
Streaming Now.

Nari Ward (b. 1963, St. Andrew, Jamaica; lives and works in New York) is known for his sculptural installations composed of discarded material found and collected in his neighborhood. Ward re-contextualizes these objects in thought- provoking juxtapositions that create complex, metaphorical meanings to confront social and political issues surrounding race, poverty, and consumer culture. He intentionally leaves the meaning of his work open, allowing the viewer to provide his or her own interpretation. Ward's sculptural installations explore themes informed by the materials, community, and location in which Ward was working.

Kennedy Family Artist and Scholar

The program was established in 2009 due to a generous gift by the Kennedy family for an Endowed Artist and Scholar Residency in the USF School of Art and & Art History.