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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. #NationalMedal
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This Medal Is Your Medal

An invitation and thank you; let's celebrate! Save the date & plan to participate in the 2017 National Medal community celebration, Thurs., August 3, 4-7 pm, in the Woodson Art Museum sculpture garden. This block party will feature refreshments, the John Greiner Jazz Trio, an interactive comment wall, and photo opportunities for all to sport National Medal replicas and celebrate your role in our winning team! 
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Nature, Tradition & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics on View through Aug. 27

An exhibition featuring innovative and bold sculptural forms by contemporary Japanese ceramists opens on Saturday, June 3, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Nature, Tradition & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics evokes visual associations with the natural world via artwork by ceramists who helped redefine an ancient and revered art form.
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Woodson Art Museum Wins Nation’s Highest Museum Honor

  The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, is a National Medal winner, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. As a 2017 National Medal winner, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is one of only two art museums among the five museums and five libraries named National Medal winners by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency supporting the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, all of which are eligible for the award.
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Insider’s View: Weekly Blog

Woodson Goes to Washington

Since learning the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum would receive the 2017 National Medal for Museum Service, I have been counting the days until the Washington, D.C. award ceremony.

It’s now come and gone. The memories will be with me forever.

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Adventures in Kiln Sitting

Like many people, I learn best by doing. For years, my knowledge of ceramics was minimal and I hadn’t really considered pottery since I was a pre-teen taking classes at Chicago’s Lill Street Art Center. That all changed about six months ago when I revisited ceramics in preparation for the Woodson Art Museum’s summer exhibition, Nature, Tradition & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, on view through August 27.
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This Medal Is Your Medal

Sunshine and dry skies are needed for the Woodson Art Museum’s community celebration on Thursday, August 3, 4-7 pm, in the sculpture garden. Save that August 3 date; we hope the community will bask in the glow of the Museum’s recognition as a winner of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service – the nation’s highest museum honor for service to the community.
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Celebrating Family

The Wagner family spent nearly every Fourth of July at Thunder Lodge, a summer home on Deer Lake near Tomahawk, Wisconsin. From the late 1950s through 2011, generations of Wagners and friends spent the holiday swimming, biking, waterskiing, enjoying cookouts, and going to town for the fireworks.
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