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2022 Birds in Art Prospectus

Submissions for the 2022 Birds in Art exhibition now closed.

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Three simple words – birds in art – took on a life of their own when they became a Woodson Art Museum exhibition title. Approaching the exhibition’s milestone 50th anniversary, Birds in Art is recognized around the world as the exhibition that sets the standard for avian art.

Since 1976, Birds in Art has showcased the remarkable talents of more than 1,000 international artists, who have presented their best work interpreting birds and related subject matter.

The strength and pre-eminence of Birds in Art were soundly demonstrated in 2020 and 2021, when, despite the global pandemic, the Woodson Art Museum maintained its commitment to organizing and presenting the exhibition. Artists around the world responded in kind through their submission of superb work.

The Woodson Art Museum again invites artists working in all mediums other than photography to submit original 2D and 3D artworks for jury consideration for Birds in Art 2022.


  1. No one dimension shall exceed 72 in (183 cm).
  2. No work shall exceed 150 lb (68 kg) including frame and base.
  3. All 2D and 3D mediums are permitted other than photography.
  4. All work must be original to the submitting artist.
  5. All work must have been completed in 2020, 2021, or 2022.
  6. No work shall have been previously exhibited at the Woodson Art Museum.

Entry Procedures

  1. All entries must be submitted online or postmarked by April 15, 2022, and postmarked entries must be received at the Museum no later than April 20, 2022. (International artists: Air mail can take two to three weeks to reach Wisconsin. Send your entries before the postmark deadline as they may not arrive by April 20.)
  2. A maximum of two works may be submitted per artist for a $60 processing fee; however, only one work will be selected to represent an artist in Birds in Art. 
  3. For 2D works, enter a maximum of 1 image file per work.
  4. For 3D works, enter a maximum of 2 image files per work, representing different views.
    NOTE: All images are viewed on screens; jurors have the ability to zoom in for a closer look. Please take this into consideration when selecting image files for submission. 
  5. Artists are encouraged to remove frames and matting for photography and to mask out extraneous background that might impact the jurors’ ability to view the image. 
  6. Each entry must be represented by a digital image: 300 pixels/in (120 pixels/cm) jpeg, jpg OR tiff format; CMYK OR RGB; longest dimension must be 2850 pixels or 9.5 in (25 cm).
  7. Digital files must be named by [artist last name, artist first name_artwork title].
    Example: Shore, Abby_Lone Duck.jpeg 
  8. Submit image files:
    1. Online, by following the online portal and prompts. NOTE: After uploading select Add to Cart, click the shopping cart button in the top right corner of your window, and select Checkout OR watch this tutorial video.
    2. By mail, save files to a DVD or USB flash drive along with the completed entry form and fee, which must be received no later than April 20, 2022.
      NOTE: The Woodson Art Museum is not responsible for lost or damaged DVDs or USB flash drives. Submitted DVDs and USB flash drives will not be returned.
  9. Pay a $60 non-refundable processing fee to submit up to two works via:
    1. Credit card at checkout in the online portal or if mailing, by calling the Museum at 715.845.7010.
    2. Check accompanying the entry form made payable to Woodson Art Museum in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank.
  10. All artists submitting images for consideration will receive a complimentary 2022 Birds in Art catalogue upon request, shipping included. 
  11. Notification of materials received:
    1. Online, receive an automated email upon submission.
    2. By mail, receive an email or phone call upon delivery.


    1. All submitting artists will be notified by email of selection decisions. No selection decisions will be released over the telephone or via postal service.
    2. The Museum reserves the right not to display any selected work that does not correspond to the quality or configuration indicated in the submitted images.
    3. Artwork packing and shipping instructions will be sent with selection notification.

    Artists’ Responsibilities

    1. Artists selected for Birds in Art will be responsible for either a $100 or $250 imaging fee:
      1. The $100 fee covers a digital file conforming to the Museum’s specifications.
      2. The $250 fee includes photography of the artwork at the Woodson Art Museum.
    2. For 2D works, mounting, matting, and framing are the responsibility of the artist.
      NOTE: If framing is inadequate, the Museum will consult the artist regarding improvements that will be made at the artist’s expense.
    3. 3D works must be ready for display.
    4. Artists are responsible for all packing and crating costs.

    Museum’s Responsibilities

    1. Based on jury review, approximately 95 artists will be invited to participate in Birds in Art 2022.
    2. Each exhibiting artist receives four complimentary Birds in Art 2022 catalogues.
    3. The Museum handles all costs associated with wall-to-wall fine arts insurance.
    4. The Museum pays for inbound and outbound shipping of artwork to and from the Museum.
    5. The Museum coordinates the Birds in Art tour after the exhibition closes in Wausau. Artists are encouraged to make their artworks available for the tour; however, it is not mandatory. Notification of an artist’s inclusion in the tour occurs in mid-September.
    6. The Museum generally acquires twelve to twenty artworks from Birds in Art each year.
    7. The Museum does not take a commission for artworks sold during Birds in Art.




    April 15
    Online and postmarked submission deadline for images, entry form, and processing fee
    May 6
    On or about; Email notifications to artists
    June 6
    Deadline for receipt of:

    • Loan Agreement & Loan Inventory Forms
    • Imaging fee
    • Digital image OR original artwork to be photographed at the Museum
    July 15
    Deadline for receipt of remaining artwork
    September 8-9
    Preview experience for exhibiting artists
    September 10
    Public opening and program
    November 27
    Exhibition closes at the Woodson Art Museum


    January 13
    Complete return of artwork not included in Birds in Art 2022 tour


    January 15
    Return of artwork included in Birds in Art 2022 tour


    Direct correspondence to

    Birds in Art
    Woodson Art Museum
    700 North Twelfth Street
    Wausau, Wisconsin 54403-5007 U.S.A.


    Direct other inquiries to

    Elaina Johann
    Administrative Manager

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    If you wish to submit by mail, please download and complete the fillable PDF entry form.

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