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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.

Birds in Art 2019

September 7 through December 1, 2019

Imaginations take flight, inspired by new breathtaking depictions of birds by some of the world’s most talented artists who push themselves to new heights, striving to be selected for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition. Majestic yet fragile, amusing, and poignant, birds connect us with the natural world, heralding each dawn and signaling environmental shifts. Savor artistic interpretations and discover anew what inspires you. The Museum’s 2019 Master Artist is British colored-pencil artist Alan Woollett. The 44th annual exhibition features avian wonders through all-new interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years. Birds in Art opening weekend festivities are part of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.

Collection Classics

September 7, 2019 – August 9, 2020
Mining the Museum’s holdings yields an array of significant and masterful works. Spanning the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries and encompassing a range of mediums from watercolor to oil and metal to wood, Collection Classics comprises work by John James Audubon, Martin Johnson Heade, Severin Roesen, Edward Kemeys, Paul Manship, Andrew Wyeth, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, Jessie Arms Botke, Willard L. Metcalf, and others along with work by contemporary artists, including Robert Bateman, Tony Angell, Thomas Quinn, James Morgan, Terry Miller, Andrea Rich, James Coe, Walter Matia, and more.

Deceptive Surfaces

September 7, 2019 – August 16, 2020
Carved and painted with a keen eye for ornithological details that convey the behavior, personality, and coloration of birds, these decorative wood sculptures often fool the eye, appearing real. From John Scheeler’s pale-colored mourning doves to Ma Hai Feng’s brilliant yellow and green budgerigar, these realistic sculptures seem poised for flight.

Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami

December 7, 2019 through March 1, 2020

Highlighting the extraordinary power and potential of contemporary origami, nine international artists transform two-dimensional paper into stunning, sprawling, and soaring three-dimensional sculpture. Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami encompasses artwork created using varied techniques, including dampening, stretching, folding, pleating, and twisting into forms illustrating connections between origami and mathematics. Bridging the realms of art and science, origami concepts impact architectural and computer-aided design and are reflected even in our folded DNA. These origami artworks – from floating, organic forms to conceptual book sculptures emerging from the Torah and the Koran, also explore concepts as varied as infinity, sustainable design, and world peace. Above the Fold, the first traveling exhibition to bring origami installations from around the world to North American audiences, was curated by Meher McArthur, and the tour was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

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.

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

June 6 through August 30, 2020

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.

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