Ward studied theory of design, art history and teaching methods
at Columbia University. He spent a year at the State Academy for
Graphic Arts in Leipzig, Germany studying with Hans Mueller, Alois
Kolp and George Mathey. He illustrated many of the classics published
by the Limited Editons and Heritage Book Clubs. His prominence as
a woodcut artist came with his woodcut novel God's Man followed
by Mad Man's Drum, Sons Without Words and Vertigo.
He was a member of the Society of Illustrators and The Society of
American Graphic Arts. He won many awards including the Caldecott
Medal, the Library of Congress Award and the Limited Editions Club
SIlver Medal. He retired in 1974.