Birds in Art 2019

September 7  – December 1, 2019

Imaginations take flight, inspired by new breathtaking depictions of birds by some of the world’s most talented artists who push themselves to new heights, striving to be selected for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition. Majestic yet fragile, amusing, and poignant, birds connect us with the natural world, heralding each dawn and signaling environmental shifts. Savor artistic interpretations and discover anew what inspires you. The 44th annual exhibition features avian wonders through all-new interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years. Birds in Art opening weekend festivities are part of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.

Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has organized Birds in Art annually, seeking to present the best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. Two- and three-dimensional artworks in all media other than crafts and photography are eligible. Approximately 100 works are selected by a three-person jury; see the Birds in Art Prospectus for details. Artwork for the annual Birds in Art exhibition is selected in May and opens to the public on the first Saturday following Labor Day.

Birds in Art Opening Day –  Saturday, September 7, 2019

Meet the Artists    9 am – Noon
More than sixty worldwide artists converge for Birds in Art opening festivities. Visitors mingle and renew artist acquaintances, form new friendships, and get catalogues and posters signed. Coffee is available at the arbor, along with treats to purchase. Plan to make Birds in Art your first stop of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.

Master Artist Talk    9:30 – 10:30 am
The Museum’s 38th Master Artist will provide insights into the artist’s inspiration and process during this presentation.

Birds in Art is an international juried exhibition organized annually by the Woodson Art Museum.

Thanks to the members, donors, grantors, and sponsors who supported Birds in Art 2018 exhibition and programs.



Support for Birds in Art 2018 came from Aspirus, Inc. and Aspirus Arise. Additional exhibition and educational support cames from Jim and Sue Konkel, and additional educational support comes from Gary and Amy Sweet. Birds in Art 2018 media support came from Wisconsin Public Radio. Marketing supported in part by City of Wausau Room Tax funds.

Exhibitions and programs were supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support for the Jane Kim mural project came from the Community Arts Grant Program of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, with funds provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board, a state agency; the Community Foundation; and the B. A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation. A grant from the B. A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation supported the Kris Parins and Josh Guge artists residencies.

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