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New Exhibitions Feature Art Quilts and Wood-Turned Objects

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.

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

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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.

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Woodson Art Museum Presents 2017 Birds in Art Exhibition

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.

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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

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

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.

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Woodson Art Museum Wins Nation’s Highest Museum Honor


 
The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, is a National Medal winner, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.

As a 2017 National Medal winner, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is one of only two art museums among the five museums and five libraries named National Medal winners by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency supporting the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, all of which are eligible for the award.

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Woodson Art Museum Selects Artwork for 2017 Birds in Art Exhibition

Artwork from 114 artists from throughout the world will be included in the 42nd annual Birds in Art exhibition, on view Saturday, September 9 through Sunday, November 26, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

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Woodson Art Museum Recognized as Finalist for 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

On Monday, April 3, the Woodson Art Museum will be featured on the USIMLS Facebook page where the IMLS encourages all to share stories about the Museum’s impact. What does it means to you? What inspires you? Post comments & photos on the www.facebook.com/USIMLS Facebook page on Monday, April 3.
For the second consecutive year, the Woodson Art Museum is a National Medal finalist and is one of only three art museums in the nation to receive this 2017 finalist recognition by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency supporting about 35,000 museums.

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Wisconsin Sculptor Don Rambadt Named Woodson Art Museum 2017 Master Artist

The Woodson Art Museum announces Milwaukee sculptor Don Rambadt as its 2017 Master Artist who will be honored during the Museum’s 42nd annual “Birds in Art” exhibition this fall.

Rambadt, the Woodson’s 36th Master Artist, will receive the Master Wildlife Artist Medal during the “Birds in Art” opening, Saturday, September 9.

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Escher Exhibition on View, Intrigues with Surreal Appeal

An exhibition from Athens, Greece, featuring iconic works by Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972), M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion, opened Saturday, March 4, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and is one of the most comprehensive Escher retrospectives offered in the United States. During an opening-day gallery talk, Wisconsin artist Robin Lauersdorf, long inspired by Escher’s work, will present “Illustrating Illusion à la Escher,” on Saturday, March 4, 1-2 pm.

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