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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 2021

September 11 – November 28, 2021
From their lyrical birdsong to their migratory patterns, birds connect us to the rhythms of life. For the 46th year, this annual exhibition attracts worldwide artists’ original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the past three years. Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has organized Birds in Art annually, seeking to present the best contemporary artistic interpretations of avian themes.


Now on View from the Museum’s Collection

Avian Celebrations

Birds make us happy. We admire their beauty and diversity and envy their ability to soar and fly. Acute observers, artists strive to capture the essence of of their subjects and interpret birdlife through intense study and observation, photography, and sketching, often spending hours in the field before taking to the studio. Celebrating avian life and the artists who share their talents, this exhibition of artwork from the Museum’s collection focuses on five themes:

  • Day at the Beach
  • Ducking Out
  • Enchanted Evening
  • Follow the Line
  • In the Pink

Birding by the Book

Birding by the Book comprises illustrated bound volumes along with framed, hand-colored engravings by early explorers, artists, and naturalists, including Alexander Wilson, John James Audubon, and John and Elizabeth Gould.

Cranes and Artists: A Creative Dance

This online-only exhibition, featuring a selection of artwork from the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum collection, arose from an International Crane Foundation “From the Field Series” webinar. The conversation during this “Cranes and Artists: A Creative Dance” webinar on June 18, 2020, featured Lizzie Condon, ICF Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator, and the Museum’s director Kathy Kelsey Foley and museum educator Catie Anderson and images of these artworks.

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The Museum reopened in early February 2021, after a proactive closure.

Before visiting, check www.lywam.org for any updates and what to expect.