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Past Exhibitions

Salvage & Selvage: Artwork by the Fiber Artists Coalition

April 12 – June 15, 2014

Diverse, unexpected objects incorporated into colorful textiles offer surprises that delight. Artworks created from recycled commercial fabrics incorporate a chopstick, dryer sheets, plastic deer fencing, poker chips, drywall tape, and candy wrappers.

Nature Composed: The Insect Artistry of Jennifer Angus

April 12 – June 15, 2014

Elaborate patterns of meticulously pinned insects comprise a site-specific installation at the Museum. This artwork created by UW-Madison professor and artist Jennifer Angus suggests Victorian designs and textiles and highlight environmental issues such as rainforest deforestation and habitat loss.

Student Art Exhibition

March 1 – 30, 2014

Colorful and imaginative artwork of ninety-three north central Wisconsin students in grades 9-12 are on view in the 37th annual Student Art Exhibition through March 30 at the Woodson Art Museum. Each March, the nation promotes art education by focusing on student work.

Murrill Menagerie

Take a walk on the wild side at the Woodson Art Museum!
Six large-scale bronzes created by Los Angeles-based sculptor Gwynn Murrill are integrated temporarily into the landscape of the Margaret Woodson Fisher Sculpture Garden.

Natural Wonders: Commemorating Twenty Years

Twenty years ago, a group of artists envisioned a plan to honor Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum founders John and Alice Woodson Forester for their unwavering commitment to artists. More than 150 artists offered gifts of small-scale paintings, works on paper, and sculpture. The exhibition and publication Natural Wonders live on in tribute. Natural Wonders: Commemorating Twenty Years features a selection of sixty works from the larger collection.

Follow the Light: Selections from the Collection

Twenty masterpieces from the collection comprise Follow the Light. This exhibition examines the varied ways sunlight and moonlight enhance a composition. Encounter historic paintings by Martin Johnson Heade, John James Audubon, Albert Bierstadt, and Rubens Peale in the South Galleries.

Mystery, Magic, and Mayhem: Wonders from the American Museum of Magic

January 25 – April 6, 2014

Magic has been a topic of both interest and controversy that has enthralled audiences for hundreds of years. For some it’s spiritualism, and for others it’s strictly a performance art. This exhibition of magic history provides a window into the worlds of illusion, conjuring, mentalism, and escape artistry.

From Houdini to Hugo: The Art of Brian Selznick

January 25 – April 6, 2014

Caldecott award-winning and New York Times best-selling children’s author and illustrator Brian Selznick creates powerful imagery by combining intricately rendered drawings, historical reference, and film. From Houdini to Hugo presents 100 original drawings and paintings from Selznick’s seventeen books, including The Houdini Box, Barnyard Prayers, Walt Whitman: Words for America, The Doll People, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, Our House, When Marian Sang, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and Frindle.

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