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Past Exhibitions

Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar

February 28 – May 31, 2015

This spring, an exciting guitar exhibition comprises dozens of iconic stringed instruments – enlivened by a performance series, hands-on Sound Lab, luthier’s studio, guitar collectors’ stories, and more.

As the guitar’s ancestors evolved over centuries from the earliest ouds and lutes, guitar makers experimented with shapes, materials, and accessories, seeking the perfect blend of beauty and sound. A relentless redesign push, seeking a fresh aesthetic and sound, continues to fuel creative synergy and musical innovation. Consider the cultural significance of the guitar. Just as American guitar designers of the 1960s departed radically from the iconic hourglass shape, street-corner guitarists led the protest movement that challenged the status quo. Medieval to Metal, a touring exhibition of the National Guitar Museum, comprises design illustrations, guitars, and photographs of performers, bringing sound to life.

Student Photography Exhibition

Online, public voting Saturday, February 28 – Sunday, March 8

Opening reception Thursday, March 26, 5-7 pm

Exhibition on view Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, May 31

Wausau-area high school students participated in a six-month photography project, including workshops and conducting their own photo shoots to explore the question “what makes Wausau a great place to live?”

Student Art Exhibition 2015

Colorful and imaginative artwork of north central Wisconsin students in grades 5-8 is featured in the 38th annual Student Art Exhibition, March 7 through April 4, at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau. The 2015 Student Art Exhibition offers a window into what students can imagine. For the students whose artwork is selected by their art teachers, this is a coveted opportunity for their creations to be displayed at the Woodson Art Museum in celebration of Youth Art Month. The geographical region covered reaches from Manitowish Waters to Wisconsin Rapids. Art teachers are encouraged to submit student works for the exhibition. To celebrate Youth Art Month and the students’ artistic endeavors, attend the Student Art Reception, Saturday, March 7, Noon- 2pm.

The Art of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions

Through February 2015
Featuring an array of mediums, sizes, and styles from realistic portraits to loosely sketched figures and abstract shapes and forms, these works created over a span of sixty years further the Woodson Art Museum’s Collections Goal: to set the standard for art of the avian world. With a watchful eye on the art market, the Museum has added to the collection twentieth-century works by Jim Dine, Milton Avery, Charley Harper, David Bates, Joseph Stella, and Neil Welliver.

Birdwatching: Selections from the Collection

Through February 2015

Often, typical birdwatching experiences involve treks into quiet or obscure areas, high-powered binoculars, and patience. As an alternative to slogging through shallow waters, swatting mosquitos, and braving cold or rainy weather, the Woodson Art Museum’s collection offers the best indoor birdwatching to be found. Birdwatching: Selections from the Collection includes historic works by Jessie Arms Botke, Rubens Peale, and Percival L. Rosseau.

50 Greatest National Geographic Photographs

November 22, 2014 – February 22, 2015

From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, see some of National Geographic magazine’s most compelling photographs from its more-than-120-year history.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler: Realism in Print

November 22, 2014 – February 22, 2015

A series of 23 prints by revered nineteenth-century American artist James A. McNeill Whistler comprises this exhibition from the Dr. Richard L. Shorkey Collection and organized by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont. Whistler, best known for the painting Arrangement in Grey and Black (a.k.a. Whistler’s Mother), was born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1834.

En Pointe: Central Wisconsin School of Ballet Unmasked

To celebrate the Central Wisconsin School of Ballet’s 45th anniversary, expressive masks – along with initial design sketches – created for Wausau Dance Theatre’s “Alice in Wonderland” will be featured in “En Pointe: Central Wisconsin School of Ballet Unmasked.” The oversized masks were designed and fabricated ten years ago by Joyce and Bob Ritz of Integrity Designworks “to pull characters off the pages of storybooks,” said Patrik Kasper, Wausau Dance Theatre artistic director.

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