Category Archives: Blog

Glassmaking Designs and Delights

Posted on May 11, 2022
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.

Get Your Glass Up Here!

Posted on May 04, 2022
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.

Behind the Scenes with exh-IB-ition

Posted on April 27, 2022
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.

Worth the Trip

Posted on April 20, 2022
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.

A Pear, a Pepper, and a Peapod Walk into a Workshop

Posted on April 13, 2022
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.

Share Glassmaking Moments

Posted on April 06, 2022
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.

A Burchfield Backstory

Posted on March 30, 2022
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.

The Gift of Sight

Posted on March 23, 2022
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.

A Few Types of Fans

Posted on March 16, 2022
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.

Getting Acquainted with Student Art

Posted on March 09, 2022
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.