Birds in Art 2017

By: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum on June 22nd

September 9 – November 26, 2017

The source of limitless creative inspiration, birds connect us to the rhythms of life. Their migrations mark the shifting seasons, their music heralds each dawn, and their shoreline searches highlight the ebb and flow of the tide. Avian art resonates and inspires in endlessly novel ways, too. Talented artists from throughout the world push standards ever higher by continually striving to be among those selected for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition.

On March 16, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum announced 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 Art Museum’s 36th Master Artist, will receive the Master Wildlife Artist Medal during the “Birds in Art” opening, Saturday, September 9. For additional information about Don Rambadt see the 2017 Master Artist press release.  

The 42nd annual exhibition features new interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years. Opening day, Saturday, September 9, part of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend, provides varied opportunities to interact with more than sixty Birds in Art artists visiting from throughout the world. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies Birds in Art and will be available in September.

Artwork for the 2017 Birds in Art exhibition was selected in May; see this list of 2017 Birds in Art artists’ names whose work will be included in this fall’s exhibition.

See examples of 2016 Birds in Art exhibition artwork, below; these images will be updated in the summer.
Sampling from Birds in Art 2016

Thanks to the members, donors, grantors, and sponsors who support the exhibition and programs.

A Wisconsin Arts Board Creation and Presentation Grant with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts sustains exhibitions and programs. Sponsored in part by the City of Wausau Room Tax. Support for hands-on art-making supplies comes from the Walmart Foundation.

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