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Birds in Art

Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has organized Birds in Art annually, seeking to present the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Two- and three-dimensional artworks in all media other than crafts and photography are eligible. Approximately 100 works are selected by a jury review of digital images. Birds in Art Prospectus

This annual exhibit opens to the public on the first Saturday following Labor Day. This year’s 40th Anniversary Birds in Art exhibition will be on view September 12 – November 29, 2015. Birds in Art opening weekend festivities are part of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.

A fully illustrated, four-color catalogue accompanies each exhibition; purchase online.

Master Wildlife Artist
More than thirty artists have been recognized as Masters in tandem with Birds in Art. Those honored include James Morgan, John Busby, James Coe, Terry Miller, and Barry Van Dusen in recent years; see the complete list.

Birds in Art Tour
Following the fall debut of Birds in Art at the Woodson, 60 artworks embark on a national tour.

Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend
Immerse yourself in a weekend packed with art at four different venues spanning both sides of the Wisconsin River in Wausau on the Saturday and Sunday after Labor Day. Enjoy opening weekend Birds in Art festivities at the Museum, Festival of Arts and Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Wausau, and Art in the Park at Marathon Park on Wausau’s west side.

Birds in Art 2015 Photo Album
Artists from around the world travel to Wausau for Birds in Art opening festivities; see photos from the 2015 opening weekend events.

Visit Extras

Audio Tours
Enriching audio tours on an iPod touch offer insights into selected changing exhibition artworks.
Activity Guides
All ages explore exhibitions via fun, interactive exercises in printed in-gallery activity guides.
In-gallery videos expand on exhibition themes.
Available for purchase.

Artist Residencies

Explore the range of programs with guest artists.


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Tues–Fri 9am–4pm
First Thurs of month 9am–7:30pm
Thurs during Birds in Art
Sat–Sun Noon–5pm
Closed Mon & holidays

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700 North 12th Street
Wausau, WI 54403
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