Birds in Art: What We Are Hearing

By: Kathy Kelsey Foley, director on October 19th, 2022

Taking stock of Birds in Art – the exhibition, opening weekend, programming, etc. – is complicated. This shouldn’t be surprising. Nor should the fact that as a staff, we micro-analyze every aspect of our undertaking not only immediately following the exhibition opening, but also throughout the fall and beyond.

Sculpture of a whooping crane pair with a "Birds in Art" banner in the background.

Our initial staff debriefing yielded a healthy list of positives along with details that require attention going forward as well as new ideas and approaches, too.

Post-opening weekend feedback provides considerable euphoria, which is a perfect antidote to our exhaustion.

Now, into the sixth week of this edition of Birds in Art, the timing feels right to share excerpts from notes, letters, and emails received by the staff:

• The exhibition far exceeded expectations. We overheard visitors commenting, “this year was the best Birds in Art thus far.”
• It’s hard to express how fantastic the Birds in Art experience was. The generosity and respect the Museum staff extends to all guests is unparalleled. I felt like Cinderella.
• I reviewed the Birds in Art catalogue with considerable enjoyment and interest, noting fresh insights along with high standards, all of which motivate and inspire.
• We had a wonderful time at Birds in Art. We feel so lucky to know the Museum and its staff. Being there is like getting a special gift.
• The exhibition is stellar and the re-imagined design of this year’s catalogue is excellent, too. I left Birds in Art with a burning desire to create.
• I liken the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum to a large, warm bird nest. It makes me happy to know there is a place in this world for bird paintings to settle into.
• The Woodson Art Museum is the best place to exhibit because you treat artists so well. It is non-stop laughter, joy, and community support. Your efforts foster more inspiration than I could ever get from the field or my studio. As artists, we notice every detail and tell everyone we know; imagine the ripple effects!

The Museum staff is also inspired by ripple effects and by what we hear from visitors. As we turn our attention to the 2023 Birds in Art exhibition, ongoing programming, and the completion of the Glass Box Studio, we want to continue to hear from visitors and participants. Your feedback matters.

Woodson Art Museum main entrance in the distance, framed by the sculpture garden gate surrounded by pink blooming flowers.

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