Since 1999, the Woodson Art Museum has presented dynamic artist residencies filled with programs for students, educators, area artists, and visitors of all ages. Artists offer insights on diverse mediums through public programs and site-specific installations, providing firsthand experiences with passionate and knowledgeable creators.
Who’s Up Next
Photographer Ian Plant, Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13
Area photographers and outdoor photography enthusiasts are invited to join Ian Plant for weekend public programs and a photography class, complementing the Woodson Art Museum’s traveling exhibition Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary, which features Ian’s photograph of Wisconsin ice caves.
Recent Guest Artist Programs
Caldecott award-winning artist Eric Rohmann shared his passion for children’s illustrated literature during residency visits with over 300 area students and public programs. Eric’s teen/adult programs included relief printmaking and visual storytelling workshops.
Quilter, designer, writer, and television personality Mary Fons shared her love of quilt design and history during workshops and programs.
Thursday, January 4, 5:30 – 7 pm, Art 101/Hands-On Art: Wisconsin Valley Woodturners demonstrated and discussed woodturning techniques, answered questions, and invited participants to try their hand at the lathe. Saturday, January 6, 1 – 3 pm, Art Park Open Studio: Wisconsin Valley Woodturners shared their enthusiasm and expertise as they guided participants in basic woodturning techniques.
Sculptor Ricky Bernstein described the inspiration, designs, and production process for his whimsical, large-scale glass sculptures, like his site-specific artwork Destined for the Stars created for the Woodson Art Museum, on view beginning December 2.
Lessons from Birds Lost with Author B.J. Hollars,
Saturday, November 18, 1 – 2 pm
Rachelle and Wes Siegrist Artists Residency, Sunday – Friday, October 28 – November
Tennessee-based Birds in Art artists Rachelle and Wes Siegrist are internationally recognized for their paintings on small canvases, usually less than nine square inches. Drawing upon their experiences as artists and instructors and their admiration for nature, the Siegrists incorporate the centuries-old traditions of miniature artwork into their twenty-first-century practices. During their residency, the husband-and-wife team worked with visiting students creating miniature watercolor paintings and presented public demonstrations, presentations, and a workshop for teens and adults.
Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston, Saturday, October 21, 1 – 2 pm
Master Artist Don Rambadt in Residence, Thursday – Sunday, October 12 – 15
Backyard Birdscaping with Author Mariette Nowak, Thursday, September 28, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Mariette Nowak, author of Birdscaping in the Midwest, discussed native plants that attract, shelter, and feed birds to enhance backyard birdwatching; following her talk Mariette offered a book signing.
Convergence: Where Art, Writing, and Conservation Meet, Thursday – Saturday October 5 – 7
Visitors explored the intersection of the arts, humanities, and natural sciences with environmental stewardship through programs featuring writer and outdoorsman John Gierach, plein-air painter Bob White, photographer Mike Dvorak, forest ecologist Alan Haney, and conservation biologist Eric Anderson. Through public presentations, art making, a panel discussion, and gallery conversation, these guest artists, authors, and scientists asked participants to consider varied ways to understand, appreciate, and protect the natural world.
Native Birds of Cuba with Author Nils Narvarro, Thursday, September 21, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Raku with Reineking: Teen & Adult Three-Part Workshop
Professor Catya von Karolyi, Saturday, March 18, 1 – 2 pm
Recognizing impossible figures, like those found in Escher’s artwork, has been associated with artistic talent and also with dyslexia. During her March 18 lecture, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire psychology professor Catya von Karolyi presented research about these relationships and discussed the importance of nurturing visual spatial abilities in the classroom and with children at home.
Lindsy Parrott, Saturday, December 3, 1 – 2 pm
Lindsy Parrott, director of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass and Tiffany Glass exhibition curator introduced visitors to the exhibition, offering a Saturday afternoon program on the methods, artisans, and materials that made Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios American art icons.
Ecologists Alan Haney and Eric Anderson, November 3 and 16
During two November Art 101 presentations, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources emeriti professors Alan Haney and Eric Anderson presented research on the uncertain biodiversity of the northern Midwest in the face of climate change and other human-caused disruptions. Based on Alan’s extensive field research in the southern boreal forest, he and Eric discussed how relati