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Woodson Art Museum Selects Artwork for 2018 Birds in Art Exhibition

Artwork from 114 artists from throughout the world will be included in the 43rd annual Birds in Art exhibition, on view Saturday, September 8 through Sunday, November 25, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. In 2018, 575 artists submitted 904 artworks for consideration by the three-person jury. This year’s exhibition includes 2018 Master Artist Cindy House, 21 who were named Master Artists during previous Birds in Art exhibitions, and 92 artists whose work was selected by the jury.
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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.
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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.”
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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
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Insider’s View: Weekly Blog

Nocturnal Swamp Symphony

Spring is my favorite time of the year. The weather warms up, leaves begin to bud and, best of all, a variety of new birds makes their way back to our area. As an avid birder, I always look forward to the spring migration count which took place on Saturday, May 12.
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Old and Big

A “Happy Birthday” chorus lilted through the gallery as a 2-year-old was feted by fellow class participants, including twins who declared that they were “old and big” (in a program for children 18 months to 4 years). A newly minted big sister returned with her mom and shared news of her little brother’s arrival. And the following day, the Woodson Art Museum welcomed the youngest Art Babies participant in recent memory . . . a 3-week-old cherub snuggled close to a proud, elated, sleep-deprived first-time-mom.
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Seizing Spring

The long-awaited arrival of spring in north central Wisconsin signals exciting changes in our activities, environment, and my energy level. Here’s a suggested way to embrace the spirit of spring: visit the Woodson Art Museum during photographer Ian Plant’s residency next weekend, May 12 & 13.
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In the Moment & Months Ahead

Each of us on the Woodson Art Museum staff does a sort of time-travel two-step, dancing between the present, while preparing for future exhibitions. I truly consider it a privilege to get these tantalizing glimpses into the future. Here’s a sampling of the wonders to come.
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