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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.


Woodson Art Museum Wins Nation’s Highest Museum Honor

Posted on May 15, 2017

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.


Woodson Art Museum Selects Artwork for 2017 Birds in Art Exhibition

Posted on May 10, 2017

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.


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

Posted on March 20, 2017

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 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.


Wisconsin Sculptor Don Rambadt Named Woodson Art Museum 2017 Master Artist

Posted on March 16, 2017

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.


Escher Exhibition on View, Intrigues with Surreal Appeal

Posted on March 02, 2017

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.


Wonders Await in 2017 at Woodson Art Museum

Posted on February 23, 2017

The internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition in the fall, art of the natural world year-round, and changing exhibitions as varied as M.C. Escher, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, and Wild Fabrications will be featured during 2017 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, always admission free.


Woodson Art Museum to Promote M.C. Escher Art Exhibition with Help from Tourism Grant

Posted on February 16, 2017

Expanded promotion of an upcoming exhibition of work by Dutch artist M.C. Escher is possible thanks to a $20,000 Wisconsin Department of Tourism Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant. Encouraging families and adults to connect math and science concepts with art during spring break trips and long weekend getaways, the grant enables marketing throughout Wisconsin, Chicago, and the Twin Cities via targeted online and social media advertising. “M.C. Escher: Reality and Illusion,” will be on view at the Woodson Art Museum, always admission free, from March 4 through May 28, 2017.


Woodson Art Museum Offers Four-Day Iowa Trip

Posted on February 09, 2017

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is offering a four-day trip to experience art museums and architecture in Iowa, June 21-24, 2017. Distinctive buildings showcase the talents of pioneer Louis Sullivan, and Prairie-style architects Frank Lloyd Wright and Walter Burley Griffin. Call the Museum at 715-845-7010 to pay a deposit by April 1 to reserve a spot.


Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend™ Features Four Venues September 9-10, 2017

Posted on December 14, 2016

The 28th annual Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 9-10, 2017 offers fun for all ages during north central Wisconsin’s biggest art extravaganza, spanning both sides of the Wisconsin River.