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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


Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos, and Toys in the Attic

February 27 – May 29, 2016
This retrospective of the photographic illustrator of the I SPY  books published by Scholastic Inc. includes large-scale photographs and Wick’s elaborate sets and models offering challenging visual riddles, puzzles, and optical illusions that challenge children and adults alike.

Photographic illustrator Walter Wick – known for his I SPY search-and-find images teeming with toys, machines, and illusions – leads programs February 27-28 at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau during the opening weekend of an exhibition featuring his whimsical images that engage curious minds of all ages. During opening-weekend programs, Wick will offer insights into his mesmerizing images, creative process, and playful concepts.

Wick’s challenging search-and-find photographs, visual riddles, and playful scenes are cherished by legions of readers of these Scholastic books, with over forty-five million copies in print worldwide.

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Humans of Wausau: Community Portraits by Area High School Students

On view through May 22
Celebrating the diverse stories and individuals that comprise the Wausau community, this exhibition is inspired by the popular Humans of New York. That project aims to capture the diverse, often unnoticed, faces and stories of New York City residents through documentary photographs and oral histories.
Humans of Wausau features portraits by local high school art students who submitted their work in early February. The exhibition includes artwork in a variety of mediums and styles; although varied, each work depicts faces from the Wausau community.

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Audubon to Wyeth: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures

On view through 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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Out of the Vault

On view through November 20, 2016

Focused on only six bird species – mallards, bluebirds, ravens, chickadees, downy woodpeckers, and wood ducks – see a sampling of mediums that yields distinctly different artistic interpretations.

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Capturing Nature: The Art of Owen J. Gromme

On view through August 14, 2016
Oil paintings, watercolors, and sketches reveal Gromme’s lifelong passion for nature and wildlife.

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Making Marks

On view through February 19, 2017

This selection of avian-themed drawings ranges from quick sketches to intricately detailed illustrations, highlighting artists’ varied approaches and the importance of field observation.

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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.


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National Medal Winners Announced
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Woodson Art Museum Wins 2016 Wisconsin Arts, Culture & Heritage Tourism Award
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Woodson Art Museum Recognized as Finalist for 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
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Visual Puzzle Master’s Exhibition Opens at Woodson Art Museum Feb. 27
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