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Current Exhibitions

Diverse exhibitions change more often than the seasons as do themes of programs and events developed to enhance visitors’ experiences.

In addition to the flagship, fall Birds in Art exhibition and new exhibitions drawn from its collection, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum brings diverse artwork from all over the world in temporary exhibitions, enlivened by visiting artists during artist residencies and programs for all ages.

Also, drop in to experience the sculpture garden, and Art Park – the Museum’s interactive family gallery in the lower level.

Visit often to experience what’s new to see and do.


On View in Temporary Exhibitions

Birds in Art 2017

Posted on September 09, 2017

September 9 – November 26, 2017

The source of limitless creative inspiration, birds connect us to the rhythms of life. Their migrations mark the shifting seasons, their music heralds each dawn, and their shoreline searches highlight the ebb and flow of the tide. Avian art resonates and inspires in endlessly novel ways, too. Talented artists from throughout the world push standards ever higher by continually striving to be among those selected for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition. The 42nd annual exhibition features new interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years. Artwork for the 2017 Birds in Art exhibition was selected in May; see this list of 2017 Birds in Art artists’ names whose work will be included in this fall’s exhibition.

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Conservation in Action: Owen J. Gromme’s Winning Federal Duck Stamp

Posted on September 08, 2017

September 9, 2017 – February 25, 2018

Complementing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2017 Federal Duck Stamp Competition, held at the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, September 15-16, 2017, this Woodson Art Museum exhibition comprises an instructive grouping of preparatory drawings, finished watercolor, presentation print, sheet of stamps, and memorabilia related to Owen J. Gromme’s 1945 winning Federal Duck Stamp artwork, Three Shovelers. The preparatory drawings are among works in the Woodson Art Museum’s collection, thanks to the generosity of Gromme’s daughter, Anne Marie Gromme, who also loaned additional artworks for this exhibition. For details about related programs, check this UW-Stevens Point webpage

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Ginseng: The Treasured Root

Posted on September 07, 2017

September 9 – November 26, 2017

In celebration of the International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival, September 15-17, in Wausau, organized by the Wausau-Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Woodson Art Museum curator Andy McGivern invited Midwest botanical artists, including Wisconsin’s Lynne Railsback and Minnesota’s Wendy Brockman, whose artwork also is featured in the 2017 Birds in Art exhibition, to create drawings and watercolors focused on ginseng.

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Now on View from the Museum’s Collection

On the Wing: Birds in Flight

September 9, 2017 – August 19, 2018
Discover the beauty of birds as they flee from predators, mate, and search for food. More than seventy paintings, works on paper, and sculptures depict birds soaring, skimming, flapping, and gliding.

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Fowl Play: Decorative Duck Decoys

On view through August 19, 2018
Duck decoys long have been used to lure waterfowl. Typically made of wood, these life-sized sculptures range from simple bird shapes to intricately carved and finely painted examples. Some are strictly utilitarian; others are sculptural works of art.

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Passionate Pursuits: Birds in Our Landscapes

April 8, 2017 – February 25, 2018
Avian marvels that live in and pass through Midwest cities, rural landscapes, and our backyard feeders connect us with nature. They are alluring to watch, sing melodiously, and balance our ecosystem. Whether perched atop a tree, taking a turn at the nest, or foraging for food, birds provide unlimited inspiration for creative artistry. 

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