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Past Exhibitions

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children’s author and illustrator Brian Selznick creates powerful imagery by combining intricately rendered drawings, historical reference, and film.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.

Transformation 8: Contemporary Works in Jewelry and Small Metals

November 16, 2013 – January 19, 2014

The 2011 edition of the Elizabeth R. Raphael Founder’s Prize series recognizes excellence in the field of contemporary craft. The series’ title stems from the founder’s belief in the power of art to transform lives. Organized by Pittsburgh’s Society for Contemporary Craft.

Huchthausen: A Glass Retrospective

November 16, 2013 – January 19, 2014

Glass artist David Huchthausen’s work throughout four decades has altered the history of contemporary glass. Deliberately enigmatic and mysterious, Huchthausen’s work – from his earliest mixed-media sculptures and fantasy and landscape vessels to his trademark integral color laminations and spheres designed to be examined from all directions – strives to tantalize and challenge viewers.

Birds in Art 2013

Birds amuse with their antics, invoke awe with their majesty, and provide endless artistic inspiration for artists throughout the world.

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