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Current Exhibitions

Diverse exhibitions change more often than the seasons as do themes of programs and events developed to enhance visitors’ experiences.

In addition to the flagship, fall Birds in Art exhibition and new exhibitions drawn from its collection, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum brings diverse artwork from all over the world in temporary exhibitions, enlivened by visiting artists during artist residencies and programs for all ages.
Also, drop in to experience the sculpture garden, and Art Park – the Museum’s interactive family gallery in the lower level.

Visit often to experience what’s new to see and do.

On View in Temporary Exhibitions


Birds in Art 2015

September 12 – November 29, 2015

Long venerated for embodying freedom, grace, and beauty in flight, birds continually provide creative inspiration to exceed limits of earthbound human existence. As we aspire to sing, soar, and preen like them adorned in brilliant attire, avian art inspires in endless ways. When talented artists from throughout the world strive to be among those chosen for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition, the resulting depictions are breathtaking. The 40th annual Birds in Art exhibition celebrates avian marvels through fresh interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies Birds in Art and will be available in September.

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Audubon to Wyeth: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures

September 5, 2015 – August 7, 2016

This dazzling, historic array of bird imagery in artworks spanning the early-nineteenth through late-twentieth centuries includes work by John James Audubon, Martin Johnson Heade, Jasper Cropsey, Albert Bierstadt, Frank W. Benson, N.C. Wyeth, and Andrew Wyeth.

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Well Drawn: Collection Highlights

Through November 29, 2015

Drawings in pencil, charcoal, and pastel – from finely rendered to loosely sketched – encompass a range of artists’ impressions and offer insight into how artists observe, contemplate, and develop compositions. These two dozen works were created by artists who have been named Masters by the Woodson Art Museum since 1976.

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Capturing Nature: The Art of Owen J. Gromme

Through August 7, 2016
Oil paintings, watercolors, and sketches reveal Gromme’s lifelong passion for nature and wildlife.

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Shoreline Symphony Exhibition

April 22, 2015 through February 21, 2016

Experience artworks from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection that portray the sights and sounds at the water’s edge. The hypnotic nature of water attracts artists, who observe and skillfully capture an ever-changing landscape while interpreting the rhythmic sounds. Challenge your senses. Hear the sounds, feel the wind, and imagine yourself transported to another place.

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Carved & Cast

Through February 21, 2016

Small-scale and medium-sized sculptures recently acquired by the Museum are featured, including maquettes by Gwynn Murrill and work by Willard Stone, Jason Stone, Simon Gudgeon, Hank Tyler, Hélène Arfi, and Tim Cherry.

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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.


Museum Open After Thanksgiving Holiday
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Experience Birds in Art 2015
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Woodson Art Museum Presents 40th Anniversary 2015 Birds in Art Exhibition
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New Collection Exhibitions on View
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Weekly Blog

Taking Manhattan by Foot More »
Winged Messengers More »
Ducks in a Row More »


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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Wausau, WI 54403
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