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Birds in Art 2023 Participating Artist Information

Congratulations on your inclusion in Birds in Art 2023! We’re excited to take this journey with you. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask, we are here to help.

Specifications & Forms

DEADLINE: Monday, June 5, 2023

The Specifications & Forms document is a fillable Web Form. Please proceed by reviewing this document and filling the
necessary fields. You will need to complete the following forms:

☐ Form 1: Artist & Artwork Information
☐ Form 2: Permission to Use Visual Images
☐ Form 3: Artist Statement
☐ Form 4: Loan Inventory
☐ Form 5: Loan Agreement

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Print and Send: If you choose not to fill out the Web Form, download the PDF below. Please print the forms and clearly and legibly enter all the information. When completed, either return the scanned document via email to or send the printed forms via snail mail to the Woodson Art Museum, Attn: Elaina Johann, administrative manager, 700 N 12th St., Wausau, WI 54403-5007.

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International Shipping: Remote Pickup Request Form

See Specifications & Forms document page 16 and 17 for details.

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Payment Processing

DEADLINE: Monday, June 5, 2023

Participation Fee: $150.00 (Required)

Photography Fee: $150.00 (Optional)

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Receipt of Artwork

DEADLINE: Friday, June 30, 2023

You will find instructions on crating and shipping artwork in the Specification & Forms PDF. Please download by clicking the button above.


Programming Participation Survey

DEADLINE: Monday, July 17, 2023

Let us know if you will join us for the opening experience from Thursday, September 7, through Sunday, September 9, 2023! Proceed to the Web Form to learn about the schedule of the 2023 Birds in Art opening weekend and what programs you can participate in. If we’ll see you in September, please complete the questions in the Web Form by Monday, July 17. If your plans change after you have submitted the survey, please let us know immediately by emailing

Click to go to the let us know if you are attending

Print and Send: If you choose not to fill out the Web Form above, download the PDF below. Please print the forms and clearly and legibly enter all the information. When completed, either return the scanned document via email to or send the printed forms via snail mail to the Woodson Art Museum, Attn: Elaina Johann, administrative manager, 700 N 12th St., Wausau, WI 54403-5007.

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Request Invitations

DEADLINE: Friday, July 21, 2023

All artwork lenders automatically receive a preview experience invitation.

The Museum will mail up to 4 invitations to the preview experiences on Thursday and Friday, on your behalf. Please click Request Invitations to fill out the Web Form.

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Opening Weekend Experience

Subject to change, an updated schedule will be provided to artists upon arrival in Wausau.
** One guest is permitted to join during these select activities.

Thursday, September 7

Exhibition Preview, 3 – 7pm

Explore a sneak peek of the Birds in Art galleries with complementing programs (see page 7) and enjoy local pairings of food and beverage on the Museum’s campus during this exclusive event for Museum members, exhibiting artists, and their guests.

Friday, September 8

Breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, 7 – 9 am

Artists’ Excursions, 8 am – Noon, varying times

Choose your adventure.**

Welcome Luncheon, Noon – 1 pm

Enjoy lunch on the Museum’s campus.**

Artists-only time in the Birds in Art galleries, 1 – 3 pm

Exhibition Preview, 3 pm – 7 pm

Day two of this exclusive event features changing local food options and variations on complementing programming.

Saturday, September 9

Breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, 7 – 9 am

Birds in Art Public Opening, 10 am – 5 pm

Master Artist Presentation, 9 am – 10 am

Artists in Action, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Point O’ Pines Artists’ Outing, Noon – dusk

Take a breath and enjoy the fresh air of the Northwoods of Wisconsin.**

Sunday, September 10

Breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, 7 – 9 am

Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend

Explore these events on your own. During Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend 2023, visit four admission-free venues: Art in the Park at Marathon Park, Festival of Arts and the Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Wausau, and Birds in Art at the Woodson Art Museum. For more information Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend. 


Commonly Asked Questions

Whom can I invite to join me and what can they attend?
You can invite multiple guests, but only one guest may ride the bus with you, attend the Friday morning Artists’ Excursions, Friday Welcome Luncheon at the Woodson Art Museum, and the Saturday Point O’ Pines Artists’ Outing to northern Wisconsin.

Can I still invite people if I am not attending?
If you do not attend, you may still request a maximum of 4 invitations to the preview experience be sent to family, friends, and business associates. Please click the Request Invitations above to fill out the form.

Where can relatives, friends, and business associates stay over the weekend?
The Museum makes reservations for artists and guests at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The Museum can help your family, friends, and business associates book a room at the Hilton Garden Inn (2101 N. Mountain Road, Wausau, WI 54401; 715.298.5775), and they will receive the Museum’s rate of $139.00 per night. Have them contact or share their information in the Program Involvement Survey PDF.

There are other hotel options in the Wausau area; hotels fill up quickly due to Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend activities.

What if I arrive prior to Thursday or stay beyond Sunday?
If your travel plans bring you to Wausau earlier than Thursday or if you plan to remain after Sunday, Elaina can assist you in making reservations for lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn. Please indicate your additional days when you fill out the Program Involvement Survey. You will be responsible for the cost of additional nights at the Hilton Garden Inn at a special rate of $139.00 per night plus tax.


Project Postcard

Project Postcard debuted in 2010 with the goal to generate funds to acquire more Birds in Art artworks. The success of each edition of Project Postcard cannot be overstated. Thanks to the generosity of artists in creating and donating original postcard-sized artworks – and Woodson Art Museum members and fellow artists who buy them – the Museum acquired fifty-nine artworks over the past twelve years.

What can you do?
The success of Project Postcard relies on the willingness of artists to create and donate one or more postcard-sized artworks. To be blunt: the more postcards we sell, the more Birds in Art artworks we can acquire. We’re asking all artists to follow the directions below and contribute to Project Postcard.

How will Project Postcard work?
All artists and Woodson Art Museum leadership-level members are invited to purchase postcards in advance for $50 each. Prior to the preview days, the postcards go through a double-blind drawing. Entirely impartial and part of the fun . . . you pay $50 per postcard now and receive an artwork surprise later. We will ship to you or you can pick up your postcard on preview days.

The all-important directions:

  • Postcard-size is 4 x 6 inches or 6 x 4 inches; please use a support like Bristol Board or Strathmore Board, or even a prepared canvas board to create your artwork. The medium is entirely up to you.
  • Sculptors can participate, too; just think about the 4 x 6 inch or 6 x 4 inch format as a “support.”
  • DO NOT sign your artwork on the front, i.e., the image side; think of the work as a postcard to an unknown buyer. You should add your signature to the backside and add a “greeting” to the buyer, if you like.
  • We need to receive your postcards no later than September 3. You can include postcards in your artwork crate or send them separately. If you include them in your crate, please let Shannon know at

Thanks to past Project Postcard success, the Museum purchased Birds in Art artworks by:
2010: Ray Brown, Amy Kelly, Zev Labinger, and Wes Siegrist
2011: Julie Bender, S.V. Medaris, Michael Todoroff, and Sherrie York
2012: Peter Elfman, Shawn Gould, Ralph Grady James, and Sean Murtha
2013: Sue deLearie Adair, Peter Elfman, Anne Senechal Faust, Timothy David Mayhew, and Barry W. Van Dusen
2014: Ralph Grady James, Frank LaLumia, S.V. Medaris, Cathy Sheeter, Pam Slattery, and Sherrie York
2015: Ryan Jacque, Debby Kaspari, Terry Miller, Manisha Padhye, and Derek Robertson
2016: Karen Bondarchuk, Patricia Pepin, and Arlene Rheinish
2017: Tom Altenburg, Ann Cunningham, Diana Hohlig, Rod Lawrence, Melinda Whipplesmith Plank, Laura Quinn Harris, and Nicholas Wilson
2018: James M. Clow, Thomas Hill, Elwin van der Kolk, and Jeremy Paul
2019: Sue deLearie Adair, Robin Berry, Lucrezia Bieler, David Lawruk, John S. Miller, Chirag Thumbar, Sandra Wiesman
2020: Nicholas Coleman, Kenn Kaufman, Katie Musolff, Barry W. Van Dusen
2021: Peter Elfman, Vida Pearson, Rose Tanner, Paula Waterman, Jan Wessels, Scott Yablonski
2022: Kimberly Beck, Claire Duncan, Jeremy Bradshaw, Shelley K. Breitzmann, Aleta Rossi-Steward, Shalese Sands, Mary Kay West

More postcards result in more sales, which means more Birds in Art artworks acquired. Thank you for considering this request and embracing Project Postcard. This is an undertaking that benefits everyone . . . the Woodson Art Museum, postcard buyers, and artists.

Purchase your Project Postcard:
Purchasing has not yet opened; you will be notified when you can purchase. Postcards must be purchased by September 3.

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