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Past Exhibitions

Birds in Art 2018

September 8 – November 25, 2018

Birds enthrall us with their stunning plumage, amusing antics, and lilting song. Avian art inspires in endlessly novel ways, too, evoking the freedom of flight and the fragility of their earthbound existence. Artists from throughout the world push themselves to new heights, striving to be selected for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition. The 43rd annual exhibition celebrates avian marvels through new interpretations – in an array of mediums, including oil, watercolor, the graphic arts, bronze, stone, and others – created within the last three years. Artwork for the Birds in Art exhibition is selected each year in May.

The World According to Federico Uribe

June 2 – August 26, 2018

Colombia-born, Miami-based artist Federico Uribe creates sculptures of creatures and playful installations from everyday objects. Finding beauty in books, colored pencils, wood fragments, and shoes and transforming them into animals and natural environments, Uribe creates an immersive and whimsical landscape. By using objects in surprising ways, he rethinks reality – seeing and incorporating objects as materials. Deconstructing thousands of leather shoes, for example, he creates animal sculptures and cuts apart books to make trees for a jungle-themed installation. For the Woodson Art Museum, Uribe creates a large-scale, site-specific, walk-in environment. The World According to Federico Uribe, an installation by Federico Uribe, was coordinated with assistance from Adelson Galleries, Boston, and Woodson Art Museum curator Andy McGivern.

L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters

March 7 through May 31, 2020

Showcasing the remarkable work of five master printmakers, Jules Chéret, Alphonse Mucha, Eugène Grasset, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters features more than sixty posters and ephemera dating from 1875 to 1910. These pioneering artists reigned in Paris during this period of artistic proliferation, defining a never-before-seen, and never forgotten, art form. Peppering the walls and kiosks of Parisian neighborhoods, boldly colorful posters were heralded as a new art form, a brilliant fusion of craft and commerce. The sudden popularity of posters fueled a passion for collecting them, called affichomania. Organized by The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington D.C., the exhibition explores the eruption of the poster craze in Paris conveying the exuberance of the spirited era in France known as the Belle Époque.
Make a virtual visit to learn more about French posters and the artists. View eleven brief videos, posted on the Museum’s YouTube channel, via this playlist.

Some Illustrator! Pictures by Melissa Sweet

March 7 through May 31, 2020

Exuberant, delightful children’s book illustrations by Melissa Sweet, created in her signature watercolor and found-object collage style, comprise this exhibition of her award-winning biographical work. Sweet, based in Portland, Maine, has illustrated more than 100 books as well as created toys, puzzles, and games for eeBoo. Her work has been recognized with multiple awards including two Caldecott Honors for A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams and The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus.

Her recent book, Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White was a New York Times best seller; received an Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, which recognizes books that demonstrate excellence as reviewed and awarded by the National Council of Teachers of English; and received a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor award. The title, Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White, riffs on White’s Charlotte’s Web and “Some Pig,” and also informs the title of the exhibition, Some Illustrator! Pictures by Melissa Sweet, organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary

March 3 – May 27, 2018

Experience astounding visual wonders in this National Geographic exhibition of fifty striking images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers of seldom-seen places, events, natural phenomena, and man-made heirlooms. From a glacier in Patagonia to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea, this exhibition captures astonishing moments, natural wonders, and extraordinary objects from the far reaches of the globe. Rarely Seen is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society.

My Friend Eric Rohmann

March 3 — May 27, 2018

Award-winning artist Eric Rohmann takes center stage in this retrospective exhibition featuring artwork in various mediums — oil, watercolor, and relief printing — including Time Flies, his first book, which won a Caldecott Honor in 1995; My Friend Rabbit, which received the Caldecott Medal in 2003 for its bold relief-print illustrations; A Kitten Tale, published in 2008; and Oh, No!, his most recent book. Rohmann believes stories need illustrations that complement tone, content, and sensibility. Eric Rohmann will be at the Woodson Art Museum for the opening of his exhibition and return in April for a weeklong residency.

On the Wing: Birds in Flight

September 9, 2017 – May 13, 2018
Discover the beauty of birds as they flee from predators, mate, and search for food. More than seventy paintings, works on paper, and sculptures depict birds soaring, skimming, flapping, and gliding.

Student Art Exhibition

February 24 – March 31, 2018

Explore artworks by north central Wisconsin students in grades 9-12 via the 41st Student Art Exhibition. See the exhibition and congratulate the student artists on opening day, Saturday, February 24, 2018, Noon-2 pm. Each March, the nation promotes art education by focusing on student work. Art teachers are encouraged to submit student works in various mediums for the Museum’s Student Art Exhibition.

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