The start of new exhibitions is an exciting, yet busy time for everyone at the Museum. For me, that means new promotional materials need to be ordered, sorted, and distributed throughout the community. In the next few days, I will be spending some time driving around Wausau to hang up new exhibition posters and fill brochure racks with events calendars
On a recent vacation to Mexico, I had the chance to visit the Mayan port city of Tulum. This was my first opportunity to see the ruins of an ancient civilization, and it did not disappoint. Having a great tour guide always helps…
While on a girl's trip to Austin and San Antonio in Texas, I was able to unlock new experiences to share with folks back home and re-invigorate my desire to explore diverse ways to present experiences to people inside and outside of my community. Each of the experiences were worlds apart but were wonderful reminders that art is in the eye of the beholder.
I've gravitated to the nineteenth century galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago for as long as I can remember. At the top of the grand staircase there was Gustave Caillebotte's Paris Street; Rainy Day (1877) — an unmistakable presence. Recently, the Woodson Art Museum was fortunate to acquire its own work by Caillebotte. Now, I'll be appreciating having another chance to visit regularly with the artist here in Wisconsin.
I’ve received any number of off the wall, or on the wall, project proposals in support of exhibition development at the Woodson Art Museum. My coworkers visit my office in the Museum’s workshop bringing ideas and reference photos that could lead to interactives used in Art Park, or tangible items to support artworks and exhibitions.
While we were able to see some artworks that will hopefully join the Museum’s permanent collection, it was also our annual trip to the city to see other museums and meet with gallerists and colleagues, an important part of maintaining the relationships that remain key to the Woodson’s successes.
Although my birthday has passed, every day feels like a special one at the Woodson Art Museum, especially when the work of bright young artists is celebrated.
In February, members of each museum are invited to attend a meeting held at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. While the meeting’s purpose is to discuss each organization’s efforts in promoting Wisconsin Art Destinations, I am most excited to meet colleagues from other Wisconsin museums.
Just a few days after the New Year, many of us are still dwelling on our resolutions and how we may become better versions of ourselves in 2024. For many, this involves “turning over a new leaf” — changing habits, introducing new ones, and starting fresh. Verso artworks — those on the reverse side of the page or canvas — remind us of the creativity that can be produced when we allow ourselves to confront the blank page of a new leaf.
Our youngest artists are finally back in the Museum through programs like Art Babies and Creative Explorers, and we couldn't be happier! While these free programs aren't new to the Museum, the process of reimagining them has helped breathe new life into them and welcomed new participants who get to enjoy the experiences they offer.