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Upcoming Exhibitions

Visit the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum often to experience what’s new on view, hands-on programs for all ages, and opportunities to interact with and learn from visiting artists.

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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50 Greatest National Geographic Photographs

November 22, 2014 – February 22, 2015

From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, see some of National Geographic magazine’s most compelling photographs from its more-than-120-year history.

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler: Realism in Print

November 22, 2014 – February 22, 2015

A series of 23 prints by revered nineteenth-century American artist James A. McNeill Whistler comprises this exhibition organized by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, Texas. Whistler, best known for the painting Arrangement in Grey and Black (a.k.a. Whistler’s Mother), was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1834.

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Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar

February 28 – May 31, 2015

As the guitar evolved from European and Asian instruments in the Middle Ages, guitar makers experimented with shapes, from bowls to flat surfaces, seeking the perfect blend of beauty and sound. Just as American guitar designers of the 1960s departed radically from the iconic hourglass shape, street-corner guitarists led the protest movement that challenged the status quo. Medieval to Metal, drawn from the National GUITAR Museum, Fairfield, Connecticut, comprises design illustrations, guitars, and photographs of musicians, with their guitars, bringing sound to life.

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The Garden at Night: A Photographic Journey

June 6 – August 30, 2015
Photographs of nocturnal journeys through worldwide botanical gardens, captured by Linda Rutenberg and Roger Leeon using only moonlight and flashlights for illumination, reveal a flourishing, seldom-seen nightlife. The couple’s nighttime photographs, taken at thirty-five North American and European botanical gardens, offer fresh perspectives of nature glimpsed while the world slumbers. The Garden at Night has been organized by Linda Rutenberg and is circulated through GuestCurator Traveling Exhibitions.

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Bartram’s Boxes Remix

June 6 – August 30, 2015
A collaboration between Philadelphia’s Center for Art in Wood and Bartram’s Garden resulted in unusual and inspired artworks. John Bartram, America’s first botanist, shipped to British clients wooden boxes he filled with seeds, dried plant, and natural history curiosities that transformed the European landscape with colorful specimens from New World gardens. These eighteenth-century seed sales supported his Philadelphia botanic garden and three generations of research. The featured artists “remixed” Bartram’s history, materials, and legacy, using wood salvaged from trees felled by a 2010 storm at Philadelphia’s Bartram’s Garden.

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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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Tues–Fri 9am–4pm
First Thurs of month 9am–7:30pm
Thurs during Birds in Art
9am–7:30pm
Sat–Sun Noon–5pm
Closed Mon & holidays

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Wausau, WI 54403
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