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Pastel Artist Named Woodson Art Museum 2018 Master Artist

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum announces New England pastel artist Cindy House as its 2018 Master Artist who will be honored during the Museum’s 43rd annual “Birds in Art” exhibition this fall. House, the Woodson Art Museum’s 37th Master Artist, will receive the Master Wildlife Artist Medal during the “Birds in Art” opening, Saturday, September 8. In announcing the 2018 Master, director Kathy Kelsey Foley said, “Cindy House has developed a style all her own that reflects her love of the natural world as well as her consummate artistry. Her elegant landscapes are captivating; her compositions draw the viewer in to explore nature’s beauty and its avian inhabitants. Cindy’s selection as the 2018 Master Artist adds depth and distinction to the roster of artists previously honored. We welcome her with great enthusiasm.”

National Geographic Photography and Rohmann Exhibitions on View

Exceptionally striking National Geographic images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers and artwork by Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and children’s book author Eric Rohmann comprise two exhibitions on view at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum through May 27, 2018. Eric Rohmann returns for his artist residency, April 3-8, when he will work with area schoolchildren during class visits to the Museum and lead workshops and a public presentation. Photographer Ian Plant, whose Ice Cave Wisconsin is on view in the National Geographic photography exhibition, leads public programs and a class during his Museum residency, May 12 & 13.

Birds in Art 2018 Entries Due April 15

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 2018. See the prospectus for details. All entries must be postmarked or submitted online by April 15, 2018.

Museum Wins 2017 National Medal

Watch the live-streamed video of the July 17, 2017 National Medal award ceremony in Washington D.C. The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is one of only two art museums to receive the nation's highest museum honor. Learn more via this 2017 National Medal press release. #NationalMedal

Insider’s View: Weekly Blog

News Shared Round the World

With the single click of a mouse last Thursday morning, March 8, the Woodson Art Museum proudly and joyfully shared the news that pastel artist Cindy House would be honored as the 2018 Birds in Art Master Artist.

Old People Don’t Bounce

My family and co-workers will attest that I have periods of clumsiness. Sometimes the incidents are resolved with a bandage and other times, not. After a recent ice-related fall, several doctors and X-rays, a removable brace, two fiberglass casts, and restrictions to not lift anything heavier than a toothbrush, I’m on the mend.

Passel of Puppies

Nellie is sophisticated, older, and receives private, in-home lessons. Mike and Molly are a bonded pair displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Ellie Mae’s pedigree is a smidge dubious (a further explanation follows), and Piper is a bounding, Tennessee ball of energy. Puppies . . . plenty of puppies. Our staff of fewer than twenty-five is currently raising five dogs, each younger than one year.

Catch Birdwatching Fever

Emerging from what seems like a long winter, I’m always happy to get back into nature to pursue my favorite pastime – birdwatching. The Great Backyard Bird Count was last weekend, and I’m happy to report that our winter bird population is vibrant and healthy. In fact, we’ve seen a robust return of common redpolls and pine siskins, whose numbers were very low last year.