Ward, Essie Ann Treat
July 23, 1981
Painter Essie Ann Treat Ward died. She is buried in Canaan Cemetery in her native Searcy County. She is often referred to as "Grandma Moses of the Ozarks" for the paintings that are fascinating examples of primitive art. From a field of 150 folk painters, she was chosen as one of the top ten in Arkansas, receiving recognition and appreciation in her native region and state. When Ward died, she left her contribution to folk art in the form of a pictorial history of Arkansas mountain life. Fifty-five of her paintings are now owned by Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale (Washington County), forty of which were collected by Jeanne Hoffer-Tucker. This is believed to be the largest and most complete collection of her work.