Corning glassmakers selected a visitor's design during You Design It; We Make It!, a specialty demonstration that brought a drawing to life in the form of glass.
For months, the Woodson Art Museum team and I have been planning and promoting the Corning Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop residency now underway. Without a doubt, at this midway point in the ten-day residency, our expectations have been exceeded and we’re looking forward to continued dynamic demonstrations. Glassblowing is magical and the Corning Mobile Hot Shop trio of glass artists is terrific. George, Michael, and Jeff – the Mobile Hot Shop maestros – continue to create imaginative, colorful, and ambitious glassworks now through Sunday afternoon, May 8.
Students participating in Wausau East High School’s IB (International Baccalaureate) Art Program coordinated by department chair Joel Pataconi experienced the challenges and rewards of organizing a museum exhibition. Each year, our staff provides guidance to students, assisting with curating their artwork in a space, just one of the many submission requirements for the IB program. The Museum is eager to continue this rewarding collaboration, now entering its sixth year.
When people ask me what the best state park in Wisconsin is, I unequivocally say “Rock Island.” With its remote location, beautiful natural and manmade features, and breathtaking views, it’s an easy answer.
Art Park, the Woodson Art Museum’s interactive gallery, is arguably one of the most popular spaces at 700 N. 12th Street. While the spring glass exhibitions are well underway, team Art Park is now focused on our next round of re-landscaping for the summer exhibition, Abundant Future: Cultivating Diversity in Garden, Farm, and Field. Abundant Future consists of botanical artworks depicting cultivated plant species such as eggplants, radishes, and ancient grains like millet and sorghum.
Excitement is building for a spectacular admission-free feature – glassmaking demonstrations, April 29-May 8, when glowing, molten glass will be transformed into sparkling objects at the Woodson Art Museum. The ten days of live, narrated glassmaking demonstrations coincide with National Travel and Tourism Week and provide perfect opportunities for exactly what the Wisconsin Department of Tourism is emphasizing in its Travel Wisconsin promotions this year: shared moments of joy.
Recently acquired by the Woodson Art Museum, American artist Charles Burchfield’s large-scale watercolor, Brooding Bird, radiates the power of nature: calligraphic strokes describe vibrating, leafless trees at the horizon line.
I’ve never taken my eyesight for granted. It’s a valued gift, to be sure, that not only impacts my art museum work, but brings joy in immeasurable ways. In the galleries, colors – resplendent in both the Art Deco Glass and Molten exhibitions – are more vivid than I had previously observed.
From my observations, museum workers are museum fans. We have our lists of favorites, but in general, we like them all. There must be an unwritten rule; no matter the institution you work for, when going to a city, you must explore its museums.
With over 70 artworks on view through April 10, it’s clear that both educators and students in central and north central Wisconsin are enthusiastic and passionate about visual arts.