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2016 Prospectus

The 2017 Birds in Art prospectus will be available in December 2016.


Three simple words – birds in art – took on a life of their own when they became a Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum exhibition title. Throughout four decades, Birds in Art has morphed and grown and now is recognized around the world as the exhibition that sets the standard for avian art.

Since 1976, Birds in Art has showcased the remarkable talents of more than 1000 international artists, who have presented their very best work interpreting birds and related subject matter.

The Woodson Art Museum again invites two- and three-dimensional artists working in all mediums other than crafts and photography to submit original artworks for jury consideration for Birds in Art 2016.


  1. No one dimension shall exceed 72 inches [183 centimeters].
  2. No work shall exceed 150 pounds [68 kilograms].
  3. All work must have been executed in 2014, 2015, or 2016.
  4. No work shall have been previously exhibited at the Woodson Art Museum.

Entry Procedures

  1. All entries must be postmarked or submitted online by April 15, 2016, and postmarked entries must be received at the Museum no later than April 25, 2016. [Overseas artists: Even air mail can take two to three weeks to reach Wisconsin. Don’t wait until the postmark deadline to send your entries since they may not arrive by April 25.]
  2. A maximum of two works may be entered per artist; however, artists selected for Birds in Art will be represented by only one work.
  3. A maximum of one digital image per two-dimensional work and two digital images per three-dimensional work may be submitted. NO TRANSPARENCIES OR 35 MM SLIDES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
    NOTE: All images are projected on a large screen using an LCD projector; please take this into consideration when selecting digital images for submission.
  4. Each entry must be represented by digital images: 300 dpi (pixels/inch); jpeg OR tiff format; CMYK OR RGB; largest dimension must be 7 inches (pixel dimension 2100).
    a) Images can be submitted online along with completed entry form and fee OR
    b) Put on a CD or USB flash drive and mailed to the Woodson Art Museum along with completed entry form and fee.
  5. Artists are encouraged to remove frames and matting for photography and to mask out any extraneous background that might impact the jurors’ ability to view the image.
  6. Digital files must be identified by artwork title. DO NOT USE ANY SPECIAL CHARACTERS WHEN NAMING THE FILE (i.e., do not include – / . in the file name. Example of wrong format: Geese/Flying South.2.jpg)
  7. For one entry, a $50 non-refundable processing fee payable to Woodson Art Museum in U.S. Dollars drawn on a U.S. bank must accompany the entry form, OR the fee may be charged to American Express, Discover, Mastercard, or Visa. For two entries the non-refundable fee is $60. (Entries accompanied by payment made in currency other than U.S. Dollars will not be accepted.)
  8. All artists submitting images for consideration can receive a complimentary 2016 Birds in Art catalogue, shipping included (approximately 132 pages; full color).
  9. The Woodson Art Museum is not responsible for loss or damage of CDs/USB flash drives.
  10. Your canceled check or credit card charge will be notification of the Museum’s receipt of your entry.


  1. All submitting artists will be notified by email of selection decisions. No selection decisions will be released over the telephone or via postal service.
  2. Images of artwork selected for display will be retained by the Museum.
  3. CDs and USB flash drives of artwork not selected for display will not be returned. Remember to have duplicates made for your files prior to sending your entry.
  4. The Museum reserves the right not to display any selected work that does not correspond to the quality or configuration indicated in the submitted images.
  5. Packing and shipping instructions will be sent with selection notification.

Artists’ Responsibilities

  1. Artists selected for Birds in Art will be responsible for either a $100 or $250 imaging fee. (The $100 fee covers a digital file conforming to the Museum’s specifications; the $250 fee includes photography of the artwork at the Woodson Art Museum.)
  2. Mounting, matting, and framing are the responsibility of the artist. In the case of sculpture, the work must be ready for display.
  3. Artists are responsible for all packing and crating costs.

Museum’s Responsibilities

  1. Based on jury review, approximately 100 artists will be invited to participate in Birds in Art 2016.
  2. The Museum provides each exhibiting artist with four complimentary Birds in Art 2016 catalogues.
  3. The Museum pays all costs associated with wall-to-wall fine arts insurance.
  4. The Museum pays for inbound and outbound shipping of artwork to and from the Museum.
  5. The Museum coordinates the Birds in Art tour after the exhibition closes in Wausau. Artists are encouraged to make their artworks available for the tour; however, it is not mandatory. Notification of an artist’s inclusion in the tour occurs in mid-September.
  6. The Museum generally acquires six to eight artworks from Birds in Art each year.

Direct correspondence to
Birds in Art
Woodson Art Museum
700 North Twelfth Street
Wausau, Wisconsin 54403-5007 U.S.A.

Direct other inquiries to
Telephone: 715.845.7010
Fax: 715.845.7103
Email: schroede@lywam.org

To receive the 2016 Birds in Art prospectus in PDF form:
Email: schroede@lywam.org


April 15Postmark and online submission deadline for images, entry form, and processing fee
May 6On or about; Email notifications to artists
June 8Deadline for receipt of
  • Loan Agreement, Loan Inventory, and Biographical Forms
  • Imaging fee
  • Digital image OR original artwork to be photographed at the Museum
July 22Deadline for receipt of remaining artwork
September 9Preview reception and dinner for exhibiting artists
September 10Public opening and program
November 27Exhibition closes
December 30Complete return of artwork not included in tour
December 30Complete return of artwork included in tour

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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