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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; see the Birds in Art Prospectus for details. Artwork for the annual exhibition is selected each spring. The 2020 Birds in Art exhibition was selected in May 2020; see this list of 2020 Birds in Art artists’ names whose artwork will comprise the 2020 Birds in Art exhibition this fall.

This annual exhibit opens to the public on the first Saturday following Labor Day. The 2020, 45th-annual Birds in Art exhibition opened September 12, 2020. Birds in Art opening weekend is part of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend, but in 2020 this four-venue promotional effort did not occur because, due to Covid-19 concerns, events were cancelled.


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

Master Wildlife Artist

More than thirty-five artists have been recognized as Masters in tandem with Birds in Art. The 2020 Master Artist is New Mexico artist Timothy David Mayhew. Those honored in recent years include Alan Woollett, Cindy House, Don Rambadt, Karen Bondarchuk, Barry Van Dusen, Terry Miller, James Coe, John Busby, and James Morgan; 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

In 2020, this four-venue promotional effort will not occur because, due to Covid-19 concerns, events have been cancelled. 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 Birds in Art opening weekend 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 2020 Photo Album

Although Birds in Art 2020 opening festivities were canceled as a Covid-19 precaution, the exhibition did open Saturday, September 12, 2020. See photos of opening day, exhibition artwork installed in the galleries, and a sampling of artists’ contributions to Project Postcard.

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