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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

46th Annual Student Art Exhibition 2023

March 11 – April 16, 2023
Celebrate Youth Art Month and the creative efforts of central and north central Wisconsin students in grades 5-8 via the 46th annual Student Art Exhibition. Each March, the nation promotes art education by focusing on student work. The exhibition is open to art educators teaching in public, parochial, and home schools in central and north central Wisconsin.

Cultural Currency: Contemporary Art from the Riemer Collection

March 4 – June 4, 2023
Cultural Currency explores the innovative ways artists use money as a medium to expand its worth beyond a given denomination. Each of the artists featured investigates preconceived definitions of monetary value, meticulously repurposing bills and coins into exquisite, precise artworks. Universally relevant, humorous and, at times, critical, Cultural Currency asks viewers to consider how the definition of currency can be reshaped into a multifaceted object steeped in meaning and intrigue.

Now on View from the Museum’s Collection

Nature Made Strange

Dreams, whimsy, and the unconscious – delve into Surrealist visions of the natural world in Nature Made Strange. This exhibition explores how the Surrealist movement, which began in France in the 1930s, created an entirely new approach to the portrayals of wildlife and landscape. Freed from the constraints of strict “painting-from-life,” these images embrace and explore the dreamlike through non-naturalistic colors, experimental paint application, and collage, inviting viewers into their fantasy worlds.

Light’s Edge: The American Nocturne

December 10, 2022 through April 16, 2023
Behold the brilliance of nighttime in all its stages: the beginning, zenith, and end. From the delicate light of dawn to the moody shadows of twilight, artworks illuminate the first, musical meaning of “nocturne” – an ephemeral work of music to be performed for an evening’s audience. Scenes of the natural world and American wildlife are featured, emerging from these shades of shadow and light. The artworks extend an invitation: come look at the light’s edge.

Cast, Carved & Cut

Twenty small-scale sculptures from the Museum’s collection can be viewed and studied in a specially designed case located in the lower level of the 2012 addition. Support for Cast, Carved & Cut is provided by the John A. and Elizabeth D. Slayton Fund.
Learn more about each sculpture in the caption beneath each online image.

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