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Past Exhibitions

Farm to Table

June 11 – August 28, 2022
Farm to Table considers the farm as a site of production, both artistic and agricultural. It features artworks from the Woodson Art Museum collection that showcase the barnyard as a site of orderly nature, fenced in first by the farmer and second by the artist’s frame.

Abundant Future: Cultivating Diversity in Garden, Farm, and Field

June 11 – August 28, 2022
Celebrating the diversity and history of cultivated plants grown for clothing, healing, and food, this exhibition features plants discovered on international travels, picked up at farmers’ markets, and plucked from the artists’ own gardens. The artworks created by American Society of Botanical Artists were selected for The New York Botanical Garden’s Fourth Triennial, devoted to biological diversity in cultivated utilitarian plants.

Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination

June 11 – August 28, 2022
Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination, a mixed-media art installation, features hand-blown glass sculptures initially conveying a barren landscape of tree stumps until a complex and colorful alternative environment is revealed through an augmented-reality lens.

Molten: 30 Years of American Glass

March 5 – August 14, 2022
From seemingly traditional to wildly abstract, glass artwork from the Woodson Art Museum collection highlights the range of studio glass experimentation from the 1970s through the 1990s. From initial studio glass experimentation to more technical subsequent methods, Molten showcases the possibilities unlocked by a new and ever-exploratory artistic approach.
The presentation of and Molten: 30 Years of American Glass and Art Deco Glass from the David Huchthausen Collection coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Studio Glass movement and the International Year of Glass 2022, proclaimed and endorsed by the United Nations.

Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection

March 5 – June 5, 2022
Clean lines, geometric shapes, and bright colors characterize Art Deco glass from the Huchthausen Collection in this exhibition organized by Museum of Glass, Tacoma, Washington. Emerging in contrast to Art Nouveau’s ornate style amid World War I austerity, Art Deco glass fell out of favor after World War II, and regained popularity in the 1970s. Glass by iconic Art Deco studios comprises the collection of David Huchthausen, a glass artist with Wisconsin roots whose work altered the history of contemporary glass.

45th Annual Student Art Exhibition 2022

February 26 – April 10, 2022
Celebrate Youth Art Month and the creative efforts of central and north central Wisconsin students in grades 9-12 via the 45th 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. For submission details, access the prospectus. To prepare your students’ entries for delivery, access and complete the entry tags and master list and include with delivered artwork.

Making the Cut: Relief Prints from the Woodson Art Museum’s Collection

December 4, 2021 – February 27, 2022
As printmaking evolved, artists expanded relief-printing methods in new and innovative ways. Making the Cut examines the processes, tools, and techniques used to create relief prints. In his single-color woodcut Owl, Leonard Baskin used nothing more than surface grain to create background texture and space. Sherrie York’s complex multi-color reduction linocut Cruisin’ masterfully depicts a pelican moving through abstract water reflections. Complementing American Woodblock Prints, Making the Cut showcases a range of relief-print possibilities.

What Might You Do? The Art of Christian Robinson

December 4, 2021 – February 27, 2022
The playful, yet thoughtfully poignant artwork of children’s book illustrator Christian Robinson, celebrates his “art of fun” mantra while deftly and empathetically exploring the value of different perspectives and being kind to all. Robinson, a Caldecott Honoree and recipient of two Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honors from the American Library Association, favors acrylic and collage to create joyful art conveying a range of stories, including historical events and biographies. Robinson, based in California, is also an animator who has worked with The Sesame Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios. This exhibition of Robinson’s luminous illustrations was organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

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