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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

Visit Often through Sunday, November 16
Programs for all ages, including two artist residencies and a guest author in October, along with a complementary exhibition and programs related to Project Passenger Pigeon, enliven Birds in Art 2014. The 39th-annual Birds in Art exhibition remains on view through Sunday, November 16.

Six new exhibitions drawn from the Museum’s collection and beyond are on view; see details below.

 

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. Additional Birds in Art support comes from the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation and Aspirus. Media support comes from Wisconsin Public Radio. A City of  Wausau Room Tax Fund Grant supports the Museum’s regional and national marketing initiatives.

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Birds in Art 2014

September 6 – November 16, 2014

Birds inspire awe in endless ways, through their mesmerizing flight, astounding beauty, and delightful eccentricities. They serve as harbingers of seasonal and environmental changes, dazzle with their colors, and soothe with their songs. 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 39th 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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Legacy Lost & Saved: Extinct and Endangered Birds of North America

Through July 2015

What lessons can be learned from the demise of the passenger pigeon? Project Passenger Pigeon, a nationwide educational initiative marking the 100th anniversary of the species’ extinction, inspired the Woodson exhibition Legacy Lost & Saved: Extinct and Endangered Birds of North America. Comprising works from the collection and loans, including two Owen Gromme passenger pigeon paintings and sculpture by Todd McGrain, Legacy Lost & Saved features other artists’ portrayals of species such as the great auk and ivory-billed woodpecker. Related programs consider how a brighter future can be shaped by the past.

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For the Birds: Rare and Extinct

Through February 2015
 
These artworks are a sampling from a collection of more than 350 paintings commissioned for a stamp series highlighting endangered species from around the world to promote awareness and stave off extinction. The entire collection was a gift to the Woodson Art Museum.

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The Art of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions

Through February 2015
 
Featuring an array of mediums, sizes, and styles from realistic portraits to loosely sketched figures and abstract shapes and forms, these works created over a span of sixty years further the Woodson Art Museum’s Collections Goal: to set the standard for art of the avian world. With a watchful eye on the art market, the Museum has added to the collection twentieth-century works by Jim Dine, Milton Avery, Charley Harper, David Bates, Joseph Stella, and Neil Welliver.

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Birdwatching: Selections from the Collection

Through February 2015

Often, typical birdwatching experiences involve treks into quiet or obscure areas, high-powered binoculars, and patience. As an alternative to slogging through shallow waters, swatting mosquitos, and braving cold or rainy weather, the Woodson Art Museum’s collection offers the best indoor birdwatching to be found. Birdwatching: Selections from the Collection includes historic works by Jessie Arms Botke, Rubens Peale, and Percival L. Rosseau.

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The Great Marsh: Horicon Waterfowl

Through July 2015

Owen J. Gromme’s lifelong commitment to the restoration of the Horicon Marsh – a vast wetland just west of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where he grew up – began in the 1920s. Among the largest freshwater cattail marshes in the nation, Horicon sustains an abundance of wildlife and attracts thousands of migratory ducks and geese annually. Artworks depicting waterfowl by Gromme and others, including Frank Benson, Don Henson, Jim Morgan, Sherrie York, and Andrea Rich, comprise The Great Marsh.

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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

See video of visiting artists.

News

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