Birds in Art 2018

By: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum on May 22nd, 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.

On March 8, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum announced 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. For additional information about Cindy House see the 2018 Master Artist press release.  

Artwork for the Birds in Art exhibition is selected each year in May; see this list of 2018 Birds in Art artists’ names whose work will be included in the 2018 exhibition. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies Birds in Art and will be available for purchase in advance via this link in summer 2018 or at the Museum in September 2018.

Opening day, Saturday, September 8, part of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend, provides varied opportunities to interact with more than sixty Birds in Art artists visiting from throughout the world.

Birds in Art Opening Day –  Saturday, September 8, 2018

Meet the Artists    9 am – Noon
More than sixty worldwide artists converge for Birds in Art opening festivities. Visitors mingle and renew artist acquaintances, form new friendships, and get catalogues and posters signed. Coffee is available at the arbor, along with treats to purchase. Plan to make Birds in Art your first stop of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.

Master Artist Talk    9:30 – 10:30 am
The Museum’s 37th Master Artist will provide insights into the artist’s inspiration and process during this presentation.

Artists in Action    10:45 am – Noon
Birds in Art artists demystify processes during Artists in Action, demonstrating their work in various mediums beneath tents in the sculpture garden.

Sampling from Birds in Art 2017; artwork images will updated in summer 2018 

Birds in Art is an international juried exhibition organized annually by the Woodson Art Museum.

Thanks to the members, donors, grantors, and sponsors who supported the 2017 exhibition and programs.





Birds in Art 2017 support came from Aspirus, Inc., Aspirus Arise, and the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation. Birds in Art 2017 media support came from Wisconsin Public Radio. Exhibitions and programs are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Marketing supported in part by City of Wausau Room Tax funds.

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