For wood sculptor Dan “Sully” Sullivan, seeing means perceiving the world via an altered perspective. Sullivan, who as a child was diagnosed with a form of macular degeneration, creates waterfowl sculpture from vintage wood and will be featured in two Woodson Art Museum programs on Saturday, November 6.
Crisp autumn air, when it arrives, signals a reminder. This time of year, before fall foliage turns into the annual yardwork project, is perfect for mini-excursions. Apple orchards, hikes and bike rides, and day-trip drives rise to the top of fall wish lists. As weather becomes more fickle, though, indoor venues with outdoor options are appealing and the Woodson Art Museum offers plenty to explore: Birds in Art 2021, the recently debuted Rooftop Sculpture Garden, Birding by the Book, and hands-on art making via Art Park, Art Kits, Art à la Carte, and Activity Guides are a few of the most recent highlights.
My thoughts these days focus on positives, despite the pandemic’s continued unknowns. At the top of my list is the power of birds. Just hours away from the start of previews of the 2021 Birds in Art exhibition, I can’t help but marvel at not only the Woodson Art Museum’s fortitude, but also the exhibition’s endurance . . . forty-six years strong.
Somehow, I feel like this vintage t-shirt found me and predicted my next move in life (literally).
As during the last nine years, a good chunk of my August calendar is dedicated to audio. Work on the Woodson Art Museum’s audio tour app content is a seasonal commitment to highlight each changing exhibition throughout the year, and the stakes are highest for Birds in Art.
I’ve been asked hundreds of times what my favorite artwork is in the Woodson Art Museum collection. My answer always centered on a question: do you have a favorite child? What I do have are memories, including my first impressions of a work and the stories I conceive in my mind while standing before a work; I’ve always had a great imagination. Many factors influence my opinion of each artwork.
Over a stellar forty-three-year Woodson Art Museum career, Jane Weinke has traveled far and wide, happily returning to Wausau, the community she has always called home. Jane will retire in October, leaving an extraordinary legacy. The growth and quality of the Museum’s collection is a tribute to Jane’s professionalism, diligence, and commitment to our vision to set the standard for art of the avian world.
The roll out (pun intended and regretted) of the Woodson Art Museum’s Art à la Carte offering has been enthusiastically embraced by visitors, however, staff envisioned more. For curator of exhibitions Shannon Pueschner, facilities manager Dave Jones, and me, the Art à la Carte cart needed some improvements – better yet, a custom build.
For over a year now, the Woodson Art Museum has been teasing the opening of a rooftop sculpture garden atop the Museum’s 2011 addition.
Earlier this month, sculptor Sarah FitzSimons pulled her car into the Woodson Art Museum’s loading-dock parking lot, safely transporting the Pacific to the Midwest. The ocean, folded and wrapped in on itself, fit in the trunk, where it waited patiently to stretch and spill out across the gallery floor.