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.
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Count the Wings: Behind the Charley Harper Biography
Learn about artist Charley Harper’s life and beguiling artwork of birds and animals that defined his signature style: minimal realism. Michelle Houts, author of Count the Wings: The Life and Art of Charley Harper for readers ages 9 and up, shares insights designed for nature and art enthusiasts of all ages. A book signing follows; books available for purchase.
Wisconsin native and Birds in Art artist Kris Parins shares her expertise and enthusiasm for watercolor during this residency, guiding area students through hands-on painting in the Museum’s classroom and engaging visitors during public programs. Parins demonstrates her distinctive watercolor-pouring technique during an evening Art 101 program; teens and adults can try their hand at the process during a weekend studio workshop.
Journalist and poet Ronnie Hess shares her creative writing and passion for owls during a public reading and creative-writing workshop on Saturday, October 13, 9 am – Noon; call 715-845-7010 to register.
Artist Josh Guge, Thursday – Sunday, November 1 – 4
Striking sculptures of delicate songbirds and carefully carved kestrels exemplify the work of Birds in Art artist Josh Guge. An experienced instructor, he runs Guge Institute and Art Studio, traveling throughout the country to teach the art of woodcarving to students of all ages. During his residency, Josh leads an Art 101 presentation and a three-day workshop for adults.
Artist Jane Kim, Friday – Sunday, November 9 – 18
Artist, science illustrator, and founder of Ink Dwell – a studio designed to inspire people to love and protect the earth, Jane Kim specializes in creating large-scale public installations. Her paintings capture the awe-inspiring realism of the natural world. She received widespread acclaim for her Cornell University Lab of Ornithology mural celebrating the evolution and diversity of birds. During Jane’s Woodson Art Museum residency, observe her at work as she completes a large, commissioned painting onsite, illustrating how bird feathers get their color. She also will lead a Birds in Art gallery walk, offer a full-day scientific illustration workshop for teens and adults, and present an evening presentation about her work and artistic process as well as sign copies of The Wall of Birds, which chronicles the Lab of Ornithology project.
Recent Guest Artist Programs
Teen & Adult Workshop: Friday, June 22 4 – 7 pm, & Sat. & Sun., June 23 & 24 10 am – 4 pm
Teens and adults joined Birds in Art Master Artist Anne Senechal Faust for a three-part workshop dedicated to the art of screen-printing or serigraphy. With Anne’s guidance, participants created original, two-color serigraphs in an edition of ten.
Area photographers and outdoor photography enthusiasts are joined 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 includes Ian’s photograph of Wisconsin ice caves.
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