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Artsy Jumbo | Steel and gouda are focuses of dual degree sophomore

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014 03:02

Hailing from San Francisco, sophomore Conor Ward is a dual degree student at Tufts and the SMFA with a passion for functional art and quality cheese. Ward fell in love with pastels when he was eight years old after taking a class in a neighborhood art group.

It’s no surprise that Ward became an artist at the SMFA with a focus in sculptural arts. He said that from the very beginning, he liked “the tactility of pastels,” which led him to pursue creative avenues in manual, sculptural arts. Ward now focuses on sculpture and tactile art in his own work.

“I often raid the dumpsters behind Dewick for soggy cardboard,” he said.

Besides being a dual degree student who takes classes in metalworking, woodworking and 2D graphic design, Ward spends his free time in several creative groups on campus. He does Burlesque dancing with the Tufts Burlesque Troupe, which he describes as “sexual art.” 

He is also a member of the Tufts Cheese Club, likely due to his experience with the art of cooking from a young age. As for the club, Ward feels it “needs more recognition.”

  “We are always welcoming new members with an affinity for fine cheese,” he said. 

In the future, Ward hopes to be an artist and a product designer.

“[I’m] interested in functional art: art with a purpose that is also hopefully aesthetically pleasing,” he said. He’s also interested in entering into the realm of furniture making.

“One of my fantasies is to go to Copenhagen and work as a furniture maker there,” he said. With Ward’s extensive experience in sculpture and his diverse artistic background, it’s clear he has a myriad of possibilities to explore in the art world.

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