Tag Archives: Permanent collection

Shining Bright: Glass in New Lights

Posted on June 05, 2024
Woodson Art Museum staff make their way to the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum in Neenah to see Molten: 30 Years of American Glass, which debuted at the Woodson Art Museum in spring 2022, and will be on view at the Bergstrom-Mahler from May 31 – August 11. The exhibition features fifty plus artworks from the Woodson’s permanent collection.

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.

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!

Meet Gillian, the New Summer Intern!

Posted on June 21, 2023
Hello! My name is Gillian Ferguson, and I am excited to start the cross-departmental internship at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum this summer! I moved to Wisconsin from northeast Ohio after graduating from Oberlin College in May.

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.