Devon Ward is an emerging artist who creates digital and living systems to explore notions of time, place, and identity. His works often rely on speculative allegories that examine current social conditions affected by emerging technologies. These works often focus on the changing relationships between humans, non-humans and the environment at time when the dramatic effects of climate change are readily visible.
Ward is Assistant Teaching Professor of Visual Communication + Graphic Design at Ball State University. He has also served as Instructional Assistant Professor in the Wonsook Kim School of Art at Illinois State University (US), Visiting Instructional Assistant Professor at Shanghai Normal University, Tianhua (CN), Sessional Instructor in the School of Design at The University of Western Australia (AU) and Sessional Instructor at Curtin University (AU). In 2019 he was honored with UWA’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, for his work teaching biological design, web-based archives, physical computing, and speculative design.
In 2010 he earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Florida. Ward moved to Perth, Australia to study with SymbioticA, The Centre for Excellence in Biological Art at The University of Western Australia (UWA) where he earned an interdisciplinary masters degree, the Masters of Biological Art, in 2014.
Ward’s recent works include Bloom (2020, Illinois State University Gallery, US), Vapour Meat (2020, Philadelphia Museum of Art, US ; 2019, 798 Art District, Hyundai Motor Studio, Beijing, CN; 2018, Science Gallery, Dublin, IE | created with Oron Catts), Design Guangzhou (2020, Urban Screeing, Melbourne Design Week, AU | created with Kirill de Lancastre Jedenov and Filipe Afonso); Gnawing Fields (2019, The Lobby, AU), The Tempering (2019, Cool Change Contemporary, AU), Compost-cubator 4.0 (2019, ZHI Art Museum, Chengdu, CN; 2019, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, CN | created with Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr), _Foundations_ 2100_ (2017, TransArt, Perth, AU | created with Kynan Tan), Co•—st•—l W•—ve Tr•—nsl•—tor (2017, This Is Not Art Festival, Newcastle, AU | created with Kynan Tan). Ward has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Australia, China, Japan, UK, US and Ireland.