It’s Always Birds in Art Time . . .

By: Kathy Kelsey Foley, director on February 9th, 2022

With an annually organized exhibition, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that in one way or another, someone at the Woodson Art Museum is always working on an aspect of Birds in Art.

Distribution of the 2022 exhibition prospectus is a priority now, as Elaina’s recent blog and “how-to-submit” video emphasized.

A detail that had for a period of time been associated with Valentine’s Day is a call to a Master Artist.

The tradition of honoring an artist in tandem with Birds in Art began the year after the Museum’s 1976 inaugural exhibition. Owen Gromme was recognized retroactively as the first Master Artist and George Miksch Sutton was awarded the 1977 Master Medal. Since then, thirty-seven additional Masters have been named. Some Birds in Art anniversary years have been “Master-less” and the coronavirus also has impacted plans.

With ongoing global health concerns and out of an abundance of caution, we made the decision to forgo naming a 2022 Master Artist.

Our commitment to the organization of the 2022 Birds in Art exhibition, however, is resolute and this includes not only a fully illustrated catalogue, but also opening weekend activities that are safely and appropriately planned and managed.

In the wake of the pandemic, many domestic and international exhibitions have been postponed or canceled. It’s a source of pride that the Woodson Art Museum remains committed to Birds in Art, benefitting not only the global community of artists who look to the avian world for inspiration, but also for the thousands of visitors who migrate annually to north central Wisconsin.

The show will go on.

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