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Birds in Art

Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has organized Birds in Art annually, seeking to present the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Two- and three-dimensional artworks in all media other than crafts and photography are eligible. Approximately 100 works are selected by a jury review of digital images; see the Birds in Art Prospectus for details. Artwork for the annual exhibition is selected each spring. The 2019 Birds in Art exhibition was selected in May 2019; see this list of 2019 Birds in Art artists’ names whose work will be included in the 2019 exhibition.

This annual exhibit opens to the public on the first Saturday following Labor Day.  The 2019, 44th-annual Birds in Art exhibition will be on view September 7 through December 1, 2019. Birds in Art opening weekend festivities are part of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.


A fully illustrated, four-color catalogue accompanies each exhibition; purchase online.

Master Wildlife Artist

More than thirty-five artists have been recognized as Masters in tandem with Birds in Art. The 2019 Master Artist is British colored-pencil artist Alan Woollett. Those honored in recent years include Cindy House, Don Rambadt, Karen Bondarchuk, Barry Van Dusen, Terry Miller, James Coe, John Busby, and James Morgan; see the complete list.

Birds in Art Tour

Following the fall debut of Birds in Art at the Woodson, 60 artworks embark on a national tour.

Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend

Immerse yourself in a weekend packed with art at four different venues spanning both sides of the Wisconsin River in Wausau on the Saturday and Sunday after Labor Day. Enjoy opening weekend Birds in Art festivities at the Museum, Festival of Arts and Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Wausau, and Art in the Park at Marathon Park on Wausau’s west side.

Birds in Art 2019 Photo Album

Artists from around the world travel to Wausau for Birds in Art opening festivities; see photos from the 2019 opening festivities.

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