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Victor Vasarely: Op Art Master Opening at the Woodson Art Museum

Posted on November 15, 2018

An exhibition of artwork by the world-renowned father of the Op Art movement, Victor Vasarely, opens at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum on Saturday, December 1. “Victor Vasarely: Op Art Master,” an exhibition from the collection of Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece, comprises more than 150 serigraphs, lithographs, and gouache paintings – designed to engage the mind and eye.


Museum Hosts Artist for Nov. 9-18 Mural Project and Residency

Posted on October 16, 2018

California-based artist and science illustrator Jane Kim will complete a mural at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and lead artist residency programs, November 9-18, during the Museum’s annual flagship “Birds in Art” exhibition. During Kim’s “Mural, Mural on the Wall” project, visitors will observe her at work in the Museum as she finishes a commissioned painting illustrating how bird feathers get their color. During her residency, Kim also will lead a “Birds in Art” gallery walk, a full-day scientific illustration workshop for teens and adults, and an evening presentation about her work and artistic process.


Birds in Art 2018 Taking Flight at the Woodson Art Museum

Posted on May 30, 2018

New avian-themed artworks by more than 100 worldwide artists comprise the 43rd annual, internationally renowned 2018 “Birds in Art” exhibition, on view September 8 through November 25 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. The 2018 exhibition presents artworks by 114 artists in total: 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 three jurors who reviewed 904 entries submitted by 575 artists.

Visit on Saturday morning, Sept. 8, 9am-Noon, to meet more than 70 “Birds in Art” artists who flock to the Museum from throughout the world for the exhibition’s debut. Seize morning opportunities to interact in the galleries and sculpture garden with artists – from first-year participants to Master Artists. Make Birds in Art your first stop of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.

  • The Museum opens at 9 a.m.; meet and mingle with the artists, 9 a.m.-Noon, and get catalogues and posters signed.
  • “Birds in Art” Master Artist Cindy House provides insights into her inspiration and process during her presentation, “Nature in Pastel,” 9:30-10:30 a.m., in the sculpture garden.
  • Artists in Action demonstrate various mediums and explain techniques, 10:45 a.m.-Noon, in the sculpture garden.
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Surprising Sculpture Installation on View at the Woodson Art Museum

Posted on May 29, 2018

This summer’s immersive installation of colorful, assembled-object sculptures by Miami-based artist Federico Uribe opened June 2 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. For his site-specific installation, The World According to Federico Uribe, on view at the Museum through August 26, Uribe created a large-scale, walk-in environment – thought-provoking, yet brimming with whimsy and joy.


Woodson Art Museum Features Varied Upcoming Exhibitions – Always Admission Free

Posted on May 27, 2018

Artwork at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, changes more often than the seasons, offering an ever-refreshing array of artwork and activities. In the months ahead, varied upcoming exhibitions include avian themes year-round via artwork from the Museum’s collection and Birds in Art 2018 in the fall, followed by Victor Vasarely: Op Art Master this winter, cut-paper marvels and more in Cut Up/Cut Out in spring 2019, and Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora in summer 2019.


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.


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.