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Museum Closed Feb. 20 and Toddler Tuesday Canceled

Due to inclement weather, the Museum will be closed on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, and is canceling the Toddler Tuesday program scheduled February 20, 10:30 am-Noon. Stay safe and warm!

Exhibitions Feature Art Quilts and Wood Artworks

Vibrant art quilts and strikingly elegant, contemporary wood artworks comprise two new exhibitions on view at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum through February 25, 2018. A television quilt-show celebrity, area woodturners, and snow sculptors demonstrate their work during varied Museum programs for all ages this winter. An eclectic array of designs, materials, and techniques are woven throughout art quilts depicting animals, both real and fantastical in “Wild Fabrications,” organized by Studio Art Quilt Associates in Hebron, Connecticut. “Explorations in Wood: Selections from The Center for Art in Wood” features enigmatic wood objects from the collection of Philadelphia's Center for Art in Wood. A large-scale glass sculpture by Ricky Bernstein also is on view near the west gallery as well as artwork from the Museum’s collection.

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

Manifestations of Love on Valentine’s Day and Everyday

Valentine’s Day is one of my two favorite holidays. No surprise, the other is Thanksgiving. Love and food. These holidays are hard to beat. I take an expansive and inclusive approach to Valentine’s Day, perhaps more like a kindness day — to others and to ones’s self — and a reminder that love takes many forms. We regularly see aspects of love and kindness on full display — yes, pun intended — at the Woodson Art Museum.

Animal Motifs + Relief Printing = Classroom Quilts

I met printmaker Sherrie York late Sunday evening at the Central Wisconsin Airport where she arrived after a harrowing day of travel to begin a two-week printmaking residency, which kicked off early Monday morning. During her residency, Sherrie and I will work with over 150 area students, first onsite at the Woodson Art Museum and then again in their classrooms.

Stories Spur Us Onward

On this final day of January – a month full of reflection, goal-setting, and resolutions – I’m thankful for opportunities to listen to and learn from people. Their stories are powerful, especially when they provide a boost to improve or strive onward.

Still Defrosting

At face value, Tom Queoff, Mike Martino, and Mike Sponholtz seem to have nothing in common (in looks nor personality), but work together as well as any team or group I’ve had the pleasure of watching.