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Woodson Art Museum Selects Artwork for 2018 Birds in Art Exhibition

Posted on May 16, 2018

Artwork from 114 artists from throughout the world will be included in the 43rd annual Birds in Art exhibition, on view Saturday, September 8 through Sunday, November 25, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. In 2018, 575 artists submitted 904 artworks for consideration by the three-person jury. This year’s exhibition includes 2018 Master Artist Cindy House, 21 who were named Master Artists during previous Birds in Art exhibitions, and 92 artists whose work was selected by the jury.


Surprising Sculpture Installation Opening at the Woodson Art Museum

Posted on May 03, 2018

This summer’s immersive installation of colorful, assembled-object sculptures by Miami-based artist Federico Uribe opens at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum on Saturday, June 2. For his site-specific installation, The World According to Federico Uribe, on view at the Museum through August 26, Uribe will create a large-scale, walk-in environment – thought-provoking, yet brimming with whimsy and joy. On the opening day of the exhibition at the Woodson Art Museum, Uribe leads a gallery walk and shares insights about his work on Saturday, June 2, 1-2 p.m.


National Geographic Photography and Rohmann Exhibitions on View

Posted on March 09, 2018

Exceptionally striking National Geographic images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers and artwork by Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator and children’s book author Eric Rohmann comprise two exhibitions on view at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum through May 27, 2018. Eric Rohmann returns for his artist residency, April 3-8 when he will work with area schoolchildren during class visits to the Museum and lead workshops and a public presentation. Photographer Ian Plant, whose Ice Cave Wisconsin is on view in the National Geographic photography exhibition, leads public programs and a class during his Museum residency, May 12-13.


Pastel Artist Named Woodson Art Museum 2018 Master Artist

Posted on March 08, 2018

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum announces New England pastel artist Cindy House as its 2018 Master Artist who will be honored during the Museum’s 43rd annual “Birds in Art” exhibition this fall. House, the Woodson Art Museum’s 37th Master Artist, will receive the Master Wildlife Artist Medal during the “Birds in Art” opening, Saturday, September 8.
In announcing the 2018 Master, director Kathy Kelsey Foley said, “Cindy House has developed a style all her own that reflects her love of the natural world as well as her consummate artistry. Her elegant landscapes are captivating; her compositions draw the viewer in to explore nature’s beauty and its avian inhabitants. Cindy’s selection as the 2018 Master Artist adds depth and distinction to the roster of artists previously honored. We welcome her with great enthusiasm.”


Exhibitions Feature Art Quilts and Wood Artworks

Posted on December 01, 2017

Vibrant art quilts and strikingly elegant, contemporary wood artworks comprise two new exhibitions on view at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum through February 25, 2018. A television quilt-show celebrity, area woodturners, and snow sculptors demonstrate their work during varied Museum programs for all ages this winter.
An eclectic array of designs, materials, and techniques are woven throughout art quilts depicting animals, both real and fantastical in “Wild Fabrications,” organized by Studio Art Quilt Associates in Hebron, Connecticut. “Explorations in Wood: Selections from The Center for Art in Wood” features enigmatic wood objects from the collection of Philadelphia’s Center for Art in Wood. A large-scale glass sculpture by Ricky Bernstein also is on view near the west gallery as well as artwork from the Museum’s collection.


Find the Flock

Posted on November 20, 2017

This was a fun, free pre-Thanksgiving weekend idea – Magnetic Migration: Find the Flock, the Museum’s seek-and-find challenge to do around town with family & friends, finish, and turn in before Nov. 26, when Birds in Art 2017 closed, migrating away.


Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend™ Features Four Venues September 8-9, 2018

Posted on November 08, 2017

URL links to hi-res photos are included at the end of this press release.
Wausau, Wisconsin: The 29th annual Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9, offers fun for all ages during north central Wisconsin’s biggest art extravaganza, spanning both sides of the Wisconsin River.
      This weekend favorite overflows with art throughout four admission-free locations – Art in the Park in Marathon Park, the opening of “Birds in Art” at the Woodson Art Museum, the Festival of Arts, and the Center for the Visual Arts galleries, both in downtown Wausau.


Woodson Art Museum Presented 2017 Birds in Art Exhibition

Posted on August 15, 2017

New perspectives and artistic insights by more than 100 worldwide artists comprised the 42nd annual, internationally renowned 2017 Birds in Art exhibition, which was on view September 9 through November 26, 2017 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.


Museum Wins 2017 National Medal

Posted on July 17, 2017

Watch the live-streamed video of the July 17, 2017 National Medal award ceremony in Washington D.C. The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is one of only two art museums to receive the nation’s highest museum honor. Learn more via this 2017 National Medal press release. #NationalMedal


Nature, Tradition & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics on View through Aug. 27

Posted on May 30, 2017

An exhibition featuring innovative and bold sculptural forms by contemporary Japanese ceramists opens on Saturday, June 3, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Nature, Tradition & Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics evokes visual associations with the natural world via artwork by ceramists who helped redefine an ancient and revered art form.