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Woodson Art Museum Recognized as Finalist for 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

On Monday, April 3, the Woodson Art Museum will be featured on the USIMLS Facebook page where the IMLS encourages all to share stories about the Museum's impact. What does it means to you? What inspires you? Post comments & photos on the www.facebook.com/USIMLS Facebook page on Monday, April 3. For the second consecutive year, the Woodson Art Museum is a National Medal finalist and is one of only three art museums in the nation to receive this 2017 finalist recognition by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency supporting about 35,000 museums.
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Birds in Art 2017 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 2017. See the prospectus for details. All entries must be postmarked or submitted online by April 15, 2017.
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Wisconsin Sculptor Don Rambadt Named Woodson Art Museum 2017 Master Artist

The Woodson Art Museum announces Milwaukee sculptor Don Rambadt as its 2017 Master Artist who will be honored during the Museum’s 42nd annual “Birds in Art” exhibition this fall.

Rambadt, the Woodson’s 36th Master Artist, will receive the Master Wildlife Artist Medal during the “Birds in Art” opening, Saturday, September 9.

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Escher Exhibition on View, Intrigues with Surreal Appeal

An exhibition from Athens, Greece, featuring iconic works by Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972), M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion, opened Saturday, March 4, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and is one of the most comprehensive Escher retrospectives offered in the United States. During an opening-day gallery talk, Wisconsin artist Robin Lauersdorf, long inspired by Escher’s work, will present “Illustrating Illusion à la Escher,” on Saturday, March 4, 1-2 pm.
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Insider’s View: Weekly Blog

Art as Antidote

On Thursday, April 20, twenty-five medical students – members of the inaugural class of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Central Wisconsin Campus – visited the Woodson Art Museum with MCW faculty. For several hours that afternoon, students worked with Museum educators to familiarize themselves with the Art Museum, exercise their visual literacy and communication skills, and unwind via hands-on art making.
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Encouraging Words

Students’ illustrated thank-you notes and visitors’ thoughtful reflections offer opportunities to take joy from others’ observations about the wonders that occur here. Like backyard bird watching, we hope you’ll enjoy these comments as a “window” on the Woodson Art Museum world and make visits here a part of yours, soon and often, throughout this spring and beyond.
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Joe Ruelle: A Tribute

With great sadness, I write this week in tribute to Joe Ruelle, who died on Monday evening, having served as facilities manager at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum for twenty years. Joe succumbed to an aggressive, inoperable brain tumor, diagnosed just eleven weeks ago. Joe was one of a kind. He didn’t just “serve” as facilities manager, he embraced every aspect of the position and the Museum. He also valued his co-workers – as we valued him.
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Spring Fever

I don’t like to rush the seasons, but I do admit to longing for spring. I appreciate that the sky is brighter, the lawn greener, and blooming flowers add color to the landscape. These are encouraging sights after a long, snowy winter. April is a time of change at the Woodson Art Museum, too.
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