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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 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.

Now on View in Temporary Exhibitions

A Wisconsin Arts Board Creation and Presentation Grant with funds from the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts sustains exhibitions and programs. A City of  Wausau Room Tax Fund Grant supports the Museum’s regional and national marketing initiatives.

Educational support comes from Wausau Homes.

Exhibition and program support also comes from:

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Pop Art in America: Selections from the NSU Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale

July 5 – August 24, 2014
*Exhibition dates vary due to gallery lighting upgrades.
With its bold colors and consumerism imagery of soup cans and Brillo boxes, Pop Art was dominant in the late 1960s. The focus on popular films, television, and packaging gave it a fresh, contemporary feel and narrowed the divide between commercial art and fine art. Organized by NSU Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, the exhibition includes works by artists central to the American Pop Art movement: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Larry Rivers, Jim Dine, and Robert Indiana.

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Cityscapes: Silkscreen Prints by Photorealist Artists

June 21 – August 24, 2014
*Exhibition dates vary due to gallery lighting upgrades.
Photorealist artists use the silkscreen medium to explore the urban landscape, balancing realism with illusion. Photorealism evolved from Pop Art in the United States in the late 1960s and explored the urban landscape — highways, billboards, strip malls, and downtowns. Referencing photography to create silkscreen prints that balanced realism with illusion, photorealists manipulated finish, texture, and light-and-dark contrasts to yield intriguing results. Work by Charles Bell, Noel Mahaffey, Tom Blackwell, and others comes from the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia.

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Pulled, Pressed, and Screened: Important American Prints

June 21 – August 10, 2014
*Exhibition dates vary due to gallery lighting upgrades.
American printmaking changed profoundly from the black-and-white lithographs of the urban realists and experimental intaglios of the 1940s and 1950s, to Pop Art screenprints and super realism of the 1960s and 1970s. Surveying five decades of printmaking, this exhibition drawn from the Syracuse University Art Collection includes work by Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Jasper Johns, and Richard Estes.

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Owen J. Gromme: An Enduring Legacy

Through July 2014

In the early 1970s, Gromme’s friendship with the Woodson Art Museum’s founders led to his pivotal role as organizer of the fledgling Museum’s inaugural exhibition. Today, Gromme is recognized as the “father of Birds in Art.” The re-created artist’s studio and a dozen large canvases, juxtaposed with thirty-six pencil drawings and watercolor sketches, allow a peek into Gromme’s creative process.

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Dawn to Dusk: The Sporting Spirit in America

Through July 2014
Paintings, sculptures, and graphics from the sportsman’s perspective. Whether depictions of waterfowl or upland game hunting, these works share special moments of the hunt.

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Dorothy Doughty: Royal Worcester Porcelains

The newly renovated Decorative Arts Gallery features eight pairs from Doughty’s American Bird Series, all birds seen in Wisconsin.

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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

See video of visiting artists.


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