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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

 

American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony

December 5, 2015 – February 21, 2016

Lyrical landscapes of snow-covered hills and sun-drenched harbors, portraits, and still-life paintings exemplify American artists’ varied approaches to Impressionism during the early twentieth century. Oil paintings and works on paper reveal the abiding interest they shared – capturing the effects of light and atmosphere in loosely brushed compositions. Arranged by artists’ colonies from New England to Taos, New Mexico, and California, the exhibition explores the critical role of the colonies in the development of American Impressionism in the 1880s through the 1940s. Colony artists – surrounded and inspired by scenic locations – taught, collaborated, and escaped the daily rigors of their city studios.

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Forest Folklore: A Multisensory Experience

Forest Folklore: A Multisensory Experience
December 5, 2015 – February 21, 2016

An entirely tactile fairy-tale forest is the site-specific creation of Colorado-based artist Ann Cunningham. Visitors are encouraged to touch the artworks, which will inform all about the needs of those who use other senses “to see.”

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Audubon to Wyeth: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures

September 5, 2015 – December 31, 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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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 14, 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.
 
Videos
In-gallery videos expand on exhibition themes.
 
Catalogues
Available for purchase.
 

Artist Residencies

Explore the range of programs with guest artists.

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Thurs during Birds in Art
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