On the Road in 2024

By: Elaina Johann, administrative manager on December 13th, 2023

The new year brings with it two opportunities to travel with the Woodson Art Museum. First, in the spring is a three-day regional getaway to Sheboygan, Thursday, April 4 through Saturday April 6, to explore the art and industry of the Kohler arts, design, and manufacturing facilities, regional artists, and more. Then, in the fall is an immersive experience touring Arkansas art and architecture spanning the vibrant cities of Bentonville, Little Rock, and Eureka Springs, Monday, October 7 through Saturday, October 12. Both trips are all-inclusive, featuring Woodson Art Museum travel staples of memorable meals with one another with a variety of exceptional cuisines and surprises that will broaden your artistic horizons.

For many years, the Museum has provided regional travel opportunities to encounter art just beyond our backyards. While brainstorming regional destinations, curator of exhibitions, Shannon Pueschner and I started drumming up ideas that incorporated both locations we had visited and those that we wanted to. Our state and those surrounding offer a variety of experiences in art, craft, design, history, and adjacent industries just waiting to bring enrichment to our lives. Sheboygan, with the recently built Art Preserve of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, was ripe for the picking and we started to focus on opportunities provided by our colleagues to the east.

With regional trips, we have the chance to scout our travel destination and piece together our itinerary. Shannon and I hopped in a car and headed to Sheboygan for a day to see what the area had to offer. Our time there gave us more content than a travel planner can get from poking around the internet. What we discovered inspired the trip. We are excited about touring the Arts/Industry program at the Kohler Company factory, immersing in a cirque inspired performance of Alice: Dreaming in Wonderland at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for Performing Arts, and meeting with curators of the John Michal Kohler Arts Center. We are ecstatic about our accommodations. The group will stay at the five-star destination The American Club Resort Hotel to end each day in a luxury night of sleep. Want to know more about the trip, learn more about Born from Industry: Sheboygan by visiting our website.

When building custom-designed travel programs farther away from home, we work with our long-standing travel partners Academic Travel Abroad (ATA). Planning for our upcoming trip started following 2023 spring trip that highlighted art and architecture through a motor coach across America’s heartland. Joining on this trip was the perfect opportunity for me to connect on a deeper level with Woodson Art Museum travelers and learn what makes our travel program so special. I welcomed many suggestions on future travel destinations from our loyal travelers and also, from my co-workers.

We decided to make the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas the star of our next trip. The Woodson Art Museum caught wind that something big was happening for the art world in Bentonville and first traveled to Crystal Bridges in 2012 shortly after the museum opened in 2011. Since then, Crystal Bridges has expanded and has continued to make headlines in the art world, making it the perfect feature for our next trip. Working with ATA, I researched new offerings in the region surrounding Bentonville and which cities might be an appropriate hub for our travels from Wausau and found that Little Rock is the perfect fit. Travelers will have the opportunity to meet leadership at the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, explore the Argenta Arts District, and spend an exclusive evening with Arkansas artist, Robyn Horn in her studio. There are even more experiences waiting in Arkansas; learn more about the trip, Arkansas Artistry: Featuring Little Rock and Crystal Bridges by visiting our website.

artist robyn Horn standing next to her sculpture that is twice her size

Robyn Horn standing next to her sculpture.

We would love for you to join us on these art enriching travel experiences! Trip details and pricing can be found on the Museum’s website or calling the Museum at 717-845-7010. Space is limited, so don’t delay signing up!

At this time, Born from Industry: Sheboygan is filled. However, if you are interested, please call the Museum 715-845-7010 or email info@lywam.org to be added to the waitlist. If you wish to know about Woodson Art Museum travel when the programs first launch, email info@lywam.org and ask to be added to our travel opportunity email list.

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