Tag Archives: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

First Impressions

Posted on April 10, 2024
April 15, 1874. In the recently vacated gallery space of the French photographer Nadar at 35 Boulevard des Capucines 30 artists hung 165 artworks on the gallery’s walls. This new exhibition, organized by the Société Anonyme Coopérative des Artists Peintres, Sculpteurs, Graveurs — or Cooperative and Anonymous Association of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers, was the first Impressionist exhibition. The effects of April 15, 1874 — now nearing its 150th anniversary — can be felt here in Wausau, April 10, 2024.

Franklin Street; Sunny Day

Posted on February 07, 2024
I've gravitated to the nineteenth century galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago for as long as I can remember. At the top of the grand staircase there was Gustave Caillebotte's Paris Street; Rainy Day (1877) — an unmistakable presence. Recently, the Woodson Art Museum was fortunate to acquire its own work by Caillebotte. Now, I'll be appreciating having another chance to visit regularly with the artist here in Wisconsin.

The “Winter” Show

Posted on January 24, 2024
While we were able to see some artworks that will hopefully join the Museum’s permanent collection, it was also our annual trip to the city to see other museums and meet with gallerists and colleagues, an important part of maintaining the relationships that remain key to the Woodson’s successes.

New Leaves

Posted on January 03, 2024
Just a few days after the New Year, many of us are still dwelling on our resolutions and how we may become better versions of ourselves in 2024. For many, this involves “turning over a new leaf” — changing habits, introducing new ones, and starting fresh. Verso artworks — those on the reverse side of the page or canvas — remind us of the creativity that can be produced when we allow ourselves to confront the blank page of a new leaf.  

A Picture-Perfect Finish

Posted on November 15, 2023
What signs signal that it's the time to draw a story to a close? When is a composition finished? Explore how these 'endings' feature in the upcoming exhibition From Concept to Canvas: The Artistic Process, opening December 9.

Duck, Duck, Exhibition Design

Posted on September 27, 2023
Exhibitions like The Real Decoy use design to help to tell their story and capture the audience's interest. Read about how small design elements add up to something big!

Summer Reflections

Posted on August 09, 2023
Ten weeks have zipped by, and now I have a moment to pause and reflect on my experience before wrapping up. I am proud to share that I made headway on all of them and then some.

John Sloan’s New York

Posted on June 14, 2023
There is a strange magic to American artist John Sloan’s (1871–1951) painting Cornelia Street. The artwork, recently acquired by the Woodson Art Museum, captures a quintessential New York view, a culmination of the cycle of "city pictures" he had pursued since moving to New York in 1904.

Women Artists at the Woodson

Posted on March 08, 2023
In honor of International Women’s Day, March 8th, dip into a “by the numbers” story of the Woodson’s lasting support of women artists.

The Everyday Exceptional

Posted on January 18, 2023
For artist Martin Johnson Heade, knowing nature was the promise of knowing oneself. Read how his take on landscape painting differed from his friend and fellow painter Frederic Edwin Church and featured the poetic everyday scene.