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Past Exhibitions

Student Art

February 27 – April 3, 2016

This 39th annual exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum celebrates Youth Art Month and the artistic endeavors of north central Wisconsin students in grades 9-12.

Birds in Art 2014

September 6 – November 16, 2014

Birds inspire awe in endless ways, through their mesmerizing flight, astounding beauty, and delightful eccentricities. They serve as harbingers of seasonal and environmental changes, dazzle with their colors, and soothe with their songs. When talented artists from throughout the world strive to be among those chosen for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition, the resulting depictions are breathtaking. The 39th annual Birds in Art exhibition celebrates avian marvels through fresh interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies Birds in Art and will be available in September.

Pop Art in America: Selections from the NSU Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale

July 5 – August 24, 2014
*Exhibition dates vary due to gallery lighting upgrades.
With its bold colors and consumerism imagery of soup cans and Brillo boxes, Pop Art was dominant in the late 1960s. The focus on popular films, television, and packaging gave it a fresh, contemporary feel and narrowed the divide between commercial art and fine art. Organized by NSU Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, the exhibition includes works by artists central to the American Pop Art movement: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Larry Rivers, Jim Dine, and Robert Indiana.

Cityscapes: Silkscreen Prints by Photorealist Artists

June 21 – August 24, 2014
*Exhibition dates vary due to gallery lighting upgrades.
Photorealist artists use the silkscreen medium to explore the urban landscape, balancing realism with illusion. Photorealism evolved from Pop Art in the United States in the late 1960s and explored the urban landscape — highways, billboards, strip malls, and downtowns. Referencing photography to create silkscreen prints that balanced realism with illusion, photorealists manipulated finish, texture, and light-and-dark contrasts to yield intriguing results. Work by Charles Bell, Noel Mahaffey, Tom Blackwell, and others comes from the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri, Columbia.

Dawn to Dusk: The Sporting Spirit in America

Through July 2014
Paintings, sculptures, and graphics from the sportsman’s perspective. Whether depictions of waterfowl or upland game hunting, these works share special moments of the hunt.

Owen J. Gromme: An Enduring Legacy

Through July 2014

In the early 1970s, Gromme’s friendship with the Woodson Art Museum’s founders led to his pivotal role as organizer of the fledgling Museum’s inaugural exhibition. Today, Gromme is recognized as the “father of Birds in Art.” The re-created artist’s studio and a dozen large canvases, juxtaposed with thirty-six pencil drawings and watercolor sketches, allow a peek into Gromme’s creative process.

Pulled, Pressed, and Screened: Important American Prints

June 21 – August 10, 2014
*Exhibition dates vary due to gallery lighting upgrades.
American printmaking changed profoundly from the black-and-white lithographs of the urban realists and experimental intaglios of the 1940s and 1950s, to Pop Art screenprints and super realism of the 1960s and 1970s. Surveying five decades of printmaking, this exhibition drawn from the Syracuse University Art Collection includes work by Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood, Jasper Johns, and Richard Estes.

Dorothy Doughty: Royal Worcester Porcelains

The newly renovated Decorative Arts Gallery features eight pairs from Doughty’s American Bird Series, all birds seen in Wisconsin.

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