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Woodson Wanderings

Escher’s Multifaceted Appeal

Posted on May 24, 2017

During the finals days of M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion, the Woodson Art Museum continues to receive gratifying messages from those eagerly planning trips to visit and their impressions after experiencing Escher’s mind-bending artwork.

Projected attendance during the three-month Escher exhibition – on view March 4 through May 28 – was expected to be about 10,000. With just days remaining, the actual total-attendance tally exceeds 15,000.


How We Share News These Days

Posted on May 17, 2017

Read how the Woodson Art Museum shared the news of winning a 2017 National Medal for Museum Service; director Kathy Kelsey Foley writes about recent exhilarating days.


Ants Go Marching

Posted on May 10, 2017

May is hustle-bustling along, as it does each year. The glorious angle of the sun’s rays produces light and once again, warmth . . . igniting a burst of busyness. Those who live in northern climes truly appreciate the enterprise awakened with the daffodils and by the robin’s song.


Birds Spring into Art

Posted on May 03, 2017

With spring comes hope. Hope for warmer weather, a new growing season, and time to get outside to enjoy nature. Spring also brings the return of migratory birds that fled to warmer climates last fall.


Art as Antidote

Posted on April 26, 2017

On Thursday, April 20, twenty-five medical students – members of the inaugural class of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Central Wisconsin Campus – visited the Woodson Art Museum with MCW faculty. For several hours that afternoon, students worked with Museum educators to familiarize themselves with the Art Museum, exercise their visual literacy and communication skills, and unwind via hands-on art making.


Encouraging Words

Posted on April 19, 2017

Students’ illustrated thank-you notes and visitors’ thoughtful reflections offer opportunities to take joy from others’ observations about the wonders that occur here. Like backyard bird watching, we hope you’ll enjoy these comments as a “window” on the Woodson Art Museum world and make visits here a part of yours, soon and often, throughout this spring and beyond.


Joe Ruelle: A Tribute

Posted on April 12, 2017

With great sadness, I write this week in tribute to Joe Ruelle, who died on Monday evening, having served as facilities manager at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum for twenty years. Joe succumbed to an aggressive, inoperable brain tumor, diagnosed just eleven weeks ago. Joe was one of a kind. He didn’t just “serve” as facilities manager, he embraced every aspect of the position and the Museum. He also valued his co-workers – as we valued him.


Spring Fever

Posted on April 05, 2017

I don’t like to rush the seasons, but I do admit to longing for spring. I appreciate that the sky is brighter, the lawn greener, and blooming flowers add color to the landscape. These are encouraging sights after a long, snowy winter.

April is a time of change at the Woodson Art Museum, too.


Nourishing through Time and Attention

Posted on March 29, 2017

Soaking rain. Frost. Sunshine and fifty-five degrees. Forecasted snow. Spring break in Wisconsin.

My kids and I are enjoying a “staycation.” I’m at the Woodson Art Museum typing away and they are around the house soaking up the no-school vibes. We’ll escape for a day trip to a favorite educational and entertaining venue in Chicago.


Our Newest Master Sculptor

Posted on March 22, 2017

A key component of the Woodson Art Museum’s flagship Birds in Art exhibition is the Museum’s Master Artist recognition for achievement within the avian-art genre. This tradition began with Wisconsin’s Owen Gromme in 1976 and over the years has highlighted the work of an international cast of thirty-six artists.