Springing Ahead

By: Jane Weinke, curator of collections/registrar on May 28th, 2014

I love springtime. After the long, snowy, cold winter, I want to relish every minute, feel the warm sun, smell the fresh air, and enjoy the vibrant flowers and verdant grass.

"Cottontail" bunny sculpture by Tim CherryAs Woodson Art Museum curator of collections, spring signals planning time for me and the realization that each of the five exhibition spaces used for Museum collections will be reinstalled before
September 1.

That might seem daunting; sometimes it is. But mostly for me, it’s thrilling. To work with our beautiful and varied collection is exciting. I love hearing visitors comment as they encounter an artwork they haven’t seen for a while or even gasp when seeing a recent acquisition.


painting of ducks in evening lighThe five exhibitions planned for fall should please visitors and also be sufficiently compelling to encourage return visits.

Planning is well underway: final titles will be chosen soon; text and label copy will be written and edited; and artwork framing is almost complete. There are details still to resolve, most important is the color of gallery walls — always my favorite “challenge.” The paint color swatch books are open on my desk; I review them almost daily, narrowing down choices from dozens of possibilities. I can’t wait to hear visitor reactions.

To tease and spark fall visits to the Woodson Art Museum (or for those farther afield, to check out the exhibitions section on our website), here are images from each of the five upcoming installations.

Passenger pigeon painting by Alexander Pope

Maybe you’ll guess the themes; maybe not. Surely you’ll agree these artworks from our collection are breathtaking.










"Shoebill" sculpture by Daniel Glanz"Chicken" by David Bates

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