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The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum collection began with birds and then took flight to encompass and embrace the art of the natural world. The 1976 inaugural exhibition, Birds of the Lakes, Fields and Forests, set the stage. Today, more than 14,000 works of art, including paintings, drawings and field sketches, graphics, photographs, and sculpture, celebrate the essence and spirit of birds from around the world. The collection also includes decorative arts: more than 125 Victorian glass baskets, early twentieth-century utilitarian and decorative glassware and porcelains, nearly 100 Royal Worcester porcelain bird figurines designed by Dorothy Doughty, and a survey collection of historic and contemporary glass vessel forms and sculptural objects.

See what’s on view from the Museum’s holdings, a treasure trove periodically mined for varied exhibitions from the collection.

Now on View from the Museum’s Collection

Collection Highlights

John James Audubon, Pacific Loon, ca. 1834, oil on canvas
James Coe, River Reflections, Fire and Ice, 2011, oil on Belgian linen
Alexander Koester, Ducks and Lily Pads, ca. 1910, oil on canvas
Elwin van der Kolk, Evening Light, 2012, acrylic on hardboard
Andrew Wyeth, Swifts, 1991, watercolor on paper
Andrea Rich, Sandhill Cranes (12/26), 1997, woodcut on Hosho paper
John Whorf, Mallards at Twilight, ca. 1930, watercolor on paper
Martin Johnson Heade, Two Hooded Visorbearer Hummingbirds, ca 1864-65, oil on canvas
Owen J. Gromme, Whistling Swans, ca. 1968, oil on canvas
Robert Bateman, Ghost of the North, 1982, acrylic on hardboard
Frank W. Benson, Black Ducks, 1926, oil on canvas
Eric Conklin, The Brood, 2004, oil on oak panel
Jasper Cropsey, Hazy Afternoon, Autumn, 1873, oil on canvas
Owen J. Gromme, Departure from Lake Katherine, 1977, oil on canvas
John Haberle, A Misunderstanding, 1892, oil on canvas
Ray Harris-Ching, Shoreline, 1991-92, oil on hardboard
Theodore Robinson, Child with Geese, 1886, oil on canvas
George Henry Story, Don’t Count Your Chickens, 1873, oil on canvas
N.C. Wyeth, Port Clyde, ca. 1928, oil on canvas
Larry Barth, Bering Sea Pirates, 1989, acrylic on basswood and tupelo
Rembrandt Bugatti, Walking Ostrich, 1908, bronze
Tim Cherry, Bottoms Up Duck, 2008, bronze
Dorothea Denslow, Nesting Herons, ca. 1940, bronze
Steve Kestrel, Arc of Time, 2010, quartzite riverstone on black slate
Albert Laessle, An Outcast, 1907, bronze
Paul Howard Manship, Owl, 1932, bronze
Ross Matteson, Tundra Swan, 2009, Italian marble
Gene Reineking, Cruising the Breaks, 2009, Buckeye burl
Bart Walter, Blue Grouse, 2010, bronze
John James Audubon, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, ca. 1810, watercolor on pencil on paper
Frank W. Benson, Chickadees, 1938, watercolor on paper
Fidelia Bridges, Birds by the Shore, 1873, watercolor and gouache on paper on board
Don Richard Eckelberry, Squirrel Cuckoo, ca. 1966, watercolor on J. Whatman drawing board
Anne Senechal Faust, This is MY Chicken!, 2005, serigraph on Strathmore paper
Timothy David Mayhew, Frontal Study of Two Chukars on a Branch, 2013, Natural red and white chalk on handmade cotton rag gray woven paper
Terry Miller, I Hear You Singing in the Wires, 2007, pencil on Bristol board
Andrea Rich, Sunflowers and Sparrows, 2005, woodcut on Mulberry paper
Sueellen Ross, Vineyard Visitor, 2003, India ink, watercolor, and colored pencil on Arches paper
Andy Warhol, Rooster, ca. 1957, ink and watercolor on paper
Jamie Wyeth, Feeding Gulls, 1999, mixed media on paper
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