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Upcoming Exhibitions

Visit the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum often to experience what’s new on view, hands-on programs for all ages, and opportunities to interact with and learn from visiting artists.

Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India

Summer 2020, through August 30

Explore the breadth of India’s cultural life and heritage through contemporary artwork from four indigenous artistic traditions. From central India’s Gond and Warli communities, the Mithila region of Bihar, and the narrative scroll painters of West Bengal, more than forty artworks are rooted in traditional culture, yet infused with issues of global interest.

Birds in Art 2020

September 12 through November 29, 2020

Experience unparalleled, inspirational “indoor birdwatching” this fall via the 45th annual Birds in Art 2020 exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum – always admission free. Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has organized Birds in Art annually, seeking to present the best contemporary artistic interpretations of these avian wonders.

New Mexico artist Timothy David Mayhew is the Woodson Art Museum’s 2020 Master Artist, the Museum’s 39th Master Artist.

During Birds in Art opening weekend at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, browse galleries to see fresh artistic takes on birds by some of the world’s most talented artists in an array of mediums, portraying unexpected perspectives, amusing poses, and majestic bearing. This 45th-annual Birds in Art exhibition presents paintings, graphics, and sculptures created by more than 100 artists who bring a global perspective to their passion for birds.
Each fall, Birds in Art opening weekend is part of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.

The Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, & Spirituality

December 5, 2020 through February 28, 2021

From headdresses and helmets to turbans and crowns, explore the vital role of ceremonial headwear throughout diverse cultural customs, beliefs, and rituals. Transcending utilitarian purposes, each head covering is a work of art, showcasing skill and creativity in conveying meaning. In a profusion of shapes and styles, materials, and embellishments, these hats and headdresses communicate beauty, the diversity of the world’s cultures, and ideas shared throughout humanity.

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