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Thanksgiving-Week Hours

On the days before and after the Thanksgiving holiday, visit the Woodson Art Museum, always admission free. Before it migrates away, experience Birds in Art 2018, on view through Sun., Nov. 25. Discover exhibitions from the Museum's collection and much more!

Museum open on Tuesday & Wednesday, Nov. 20 & 21, 9am-4pm

Museum closed on Thursday, Nov. 22. Happy Thanksgiving!

Museum open on Friday, Nov. 23, 9am-4pm; Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 24-25, Noon-5pm


Museum Hosts Artist for Nov. 9-18 Mural Project and Residency

California-based artist and science illustrator Jane Kim will complete a mural at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and lead artist residency programs, November 9-18, during the Museum’s annual flagship “Birds in Art” exhibition. During Kim’s “Mural, Mural on the Wall” project, visitors will observe her at work in the Museum as she finishes a commissioned painting illustrating how bird feathers get their color. During her residency, Kim also will lead a “Birds in Art” gallery walk, a full-day scientific illustration workshop for teens and adults, and an evening presentation about her work and artistic process.

Twin Cities Trip, Nov. 14-16

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is offering a three-day, art-filled trip to Minneapolis and St. Paul, November 14-16, 2018, guided by Andrew McGivern, curator of exhibitions. For itinerary and sign-up details about this trip featuring museum visits and an evening at the Guthrie Theater, check this link to information about the Museum's Twin Cities trip.

Birds in Art 2018

September 8  – November 25, 2018   Birds enthrall us with their stunning plumage, amusing antics, and lilting song. Avian art inspires in endlessly novel ways, too, evoking the freedom of flight and the fragility of their earthbound existence. Artists from throughout the world push themselves to new heights, striving to be selected for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition. The 43rd annual exhibition celebrates avian marvels through new interpretations – in an array of mediums, including oil, watercolor, the graphic arts, bronze, stone, and others – created within the last three years. Artwork for the Birds in Art exhibition is selected each year in May.

Insider’s View: Weekly Blog

To Woodson Friends

While exhibitions and recurring programs come and go, interactions with artists truly mark the time for Woodson Art Museum staff.

Fall Back

Daylight saving time ended Sunday. I was raised in the northern hemisphere and in a family that embraced “spring ahead and fall back.” We adjusted the clock hands to the correct position – at bedtime before the morning it changed to avoid the embarrassment of missing Sunday church service. We dialed the telephone for the official time recording to ensure accuracy and uniformity.

Harry Potter & Creatures That Go Bump in the Night

Having my turn to blog fall on Halloween is a real treat! What’s better than spending Halloween evening handing out candy to neighborhood kids all dressed up in festive costumes? Tonight, my wife and I will experience our first Halloween with our grandsons who moved back to Wisconsin last spring.

Celebrating Collections

“You’ve come a long way baby,” is a phrase that came to mind as I began writing this Woodson Wanderings blog post. Why that sentiment? As I considered the Woodson Art Museum’s collection, looking for a clever way to present the recent acquisitions, my mind wandered to the “Wish List,” consulted by the Collections Committee when making acquisitions. A six-member subcommittee of the board of directors, the Collections Committee guides all gifts and purchases for the Museum’s collection. The Wish List, developed dozens of years ago, was pages long and featured the names of both contemporary and historic artists whose artwork would enhance the collection and set the world standard for avian art.