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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 2020

Note: Exhibition extended, September 12 through February 21, 2021

Artwork from 114 artists from throughout the world are included in the 45th annual Birds in Art exhibition. This year, 510 artists submitted 830 artworks for consideration by the three-person jury. The exhibition includes artwork by the Museum’s 2020 Master Artist Timothy David Mayhew, 22 who were named Master Artists during previous Birds in Art exhibitions, and 91 artists whose work was selected by the jury.

The first day to view “Birds in Art” 2020 was September 12. As a Covid-19 precaution, all Birds in Art opening-day festivities were suspended; there was no Master Artist Talk and no Artists in Action on Saturday morning, September 12. The exhibition is extended through February 21, 2021. Before visiting, check.lywam.org.

From My Space to Yours

Note: Exhibition extended, September 12 through February 21, 2021

Photographs of 2020 Birds in Art artists’ studios provide connections through the lens of creative work spaces. Sketches, specimens, skulls, instruments, and canine companions serve as studio assistants and informants. Bookshelves lined with objects and reference material allude to each artist’s distinct process and personality. Window views of trees, neighborhoods, creeks, and gardens connect makers to their environment and subjects beyond their studio walls.
Varied and inspired spaces, shared by our beloved and generous Birds in Art artists, offer a view into their studios this year in lieu of the artists’ visits to our community.


Now on View from the Museum’s Collection

Modern Menagerie

September 12, 2020 – August 22, 2021

Featuring interpretations from realistic to abstract and from fanciful to clever, these sculptures from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection depict a variety of birds and beasts. The mediums used to carve and shape the birds and animals vary, too, ranging from stone, wood, and bronze to glass and wire.

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.

Art of the Hunt

Hunting is deeply rooted in human culture, extending over all seven continents. Through the work of painters, sculptors, and graphic artists dating from the early nineteenth century into the twenty-first century, the changing role of birds and animals within the context of the hunt is illustrated and celebrated.

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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