Fall Migration Musings

By: Andrew McGivern, curator of exhibitions on September 19th, 2018

Fall tends to be a bittersweet time for birdwatchers. Sadly, many summer avian visitors are moving out of the area, heading south for the winter. Yet, on the bright side, autumn does feature new Woodson Art Museum avian-themed exhibitions. Birds in Art 2018, Regal Bearing: Bird Portraiture, Dynamic Designs: The Serigraphs of Anne Senechal Faust, Sharing the Shoreline and To Woodson Friends: Guestbook Artwork offer opportunities to see scores of birds depicted in amazing artworks created by some of the finest artists throughout the country and around the world.



I’m excited to share this year’s Birds in Art exhibition with fellow birders and those interested in art of the natural world.


On Monday, October 1, from 7 – 8 pm, I’ll present a program for the North Lakeland Discovery Center Bird Club in Manitowish Waters. I’m introducing this year’s Birds in Art to club members in advance of their field trip to Wausau to see the exhibition. Who knows, while up north, I might even see a boreal chickadee to add to my life list.







In mid-October, I’ll give a tour of the galleries to Wausau Bird Club members. This is something I’ve done for a couple of years; it offers the group a good opportunity to examine artworks and typically we engage in lively discussions about the birds, artists, and techniques. Preparing for these programs deepens my appreciation of the artworks and the artists.














I’ll also lead an upcoming public program at the Museum – a Birds in Art gallery walk focused on sculpture and the artists who create three-dimensional artworks. Join me for the Art 101 Sculpture Survey, Wednesday, November 21, 12:15 – 1:00 pm. Also, check out the events calendar on the Museum’s website for an array of programs for all ages.

Birds in Art remains on view through Sunday, November 25. Be sure to visit before sixty artworks comprising the 2018 touring exhibition migrate to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, for the first stop of a three-venue tour.

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