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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

Cut Up/Cut Out

March 2 – June 2, 2019

A contemporary take on the ancient, yet ever-evolving, art of cutting paper comprises a range of techniques and materials – from vintage maps and magazines to a leaf, car tire, and saw blade. To transform paper, rubber, metal, and more into thought-provoking artworks, artists explore varied piercing and cutting techniques that provide endless possibilities for change. Cutting into and through surfaces, artists alter items from opaque to transparent, flat to sculptural, rigid to delicate, and ordinary to exquisite. The process and precision required are laborious, technically demanding, and always astonishing. The art of paper cutting dates back thousands of years, with early artwork emerging from sixth-century China, extending worldwide by the fourteenth century, and later sparking a wave of folk art traditions. Celebrating both innovation and tradition, this exhibition features the work of more than fifty artists, representing diverse styles, techniques, and sizes from three-inch artworks to sprawling, complex installations.


Now on View from the Museum’s Collection

A Collection Medley

April 9, 2019 – February 2020
While an avian theme unites artworks created between 1875 and 2018, the mediums and points of view will surprise and delight.

In Touch with Art: Tactile Sculpture

Debuting Saturday, March 2, 2019
The Woodson Art Museum’s inaugural tactile art exhibition debuts with five avian sculptures, available on a “touch table” in the Decorative Arts Gallery. This touchable artwork installation – the first in an ongoing series – provides ready access to original artwork for visitors with low vision or blindness, also encouraging sighted visitors to experience a new way to “see” via the mind’s eye – visualizing artwork through touch. A commitment to providing accessible and compelling art experiences for all inspired the tactile art exhibition with guidance from tactile sculptor Ann Cunningham. Explore touchable sculpture and the power of hands-on art appreciation.

Regal Bearing: Bird Portraiture

On view September 4, 2018 through August 11, 2019

Regal Bearing applies the tenets of portraiture to more than sixty artworks from the Museum’s collection. As with human portraits, the artists represented captured the essence of their subjects using a variety of formats, including a focus on single birds without backgrounds as well as the inclusion of habitat or attributes that help to characterize a species or place it in context.

Sharing the Shoreline

On view September 4, 2018 through August 18, 2019

Discover the beauty of shorebirds – sanderlings, stilts, turnstones, whimbrels, yellowlegs, and others – through sculptures and works on paper from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection.

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