Birds in Art 2023 opens Saturday, September 9 at the Woodson Art Museum

WAUSAU, WISCONSIN: The 48th annual “Birds in Art” exhibition is set to open on Saturday, September 9 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. This year’s exhibition features artwork created by 112 artists from across the world, all of which were completed within the last three years.

The exhibition holds an abundance of two- and three-dimensional artworks that seek to present the very best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter. This year, 664 artists submitted 1,121 artworks for consideration by the jury.

“Birds in Art” 2023 includes artworks from 21 individuals who were previously named Master Wildlife Artists by the Museum. This year, sculptor Paul Rhymer will be honored as the 2023 Master Wildlife Artist during the exhibition’s opening weekend.

Of the 112 artists, 17 are first time “Birds in Art” artists. Thirty-three are international, representing 12 different countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, and Sweden. The exhibition also showcases work from 11 artists residing in Wisconsin.

“Birds in Art” 2023 opening-day festivities on Saturday, September 9 include Master Wildlife Artist Paul Rhymer’s presentation at 9:30 a.m., Artists in Action demonstrations, 10:45 a.m. to Noon; and opportunities to meet over 60 artists who flock to the Museum from throughout the world for the opening of this internationally renowned exhibition. Visitors can browse the galleries to see fresh artistic takes on birds via original paintings, sculptures, and graphics.

The exhibition will be on view during the Museum’s extended opening-weekend hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, and remains on view through Sunday, November 26, always admission free. Before visiting, check for details.

The “Birds in Art” exhibition opening is part of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend.

For additional “Birds in Art” 2023 exhibition details, check the artist list, events calendar, and exhibition webpage.

An illustrated “Birds in Art” catalogue featuring each artwork along with artists’ statements will be available in September; get purchasing details and order here.

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