Wired for Action

By: Amy Beck, marketing and communications manager on September 21st, 2011

This week, September 20-25, over 700 students and additional visitors will have the opportunity to meet and work with artist Thomas Hill at the Woodson Art Museum. Visitors will be creating wire forms that will become part of Wire Woodland, a forest installation that Hill is creating at the Museum. Each participating school ultimately will take a piece of the Woodland back to their school after November 13, the day that the 2011 Birds in Art exhibition closes.
Thomas Hill is from England and currently resides in San Francisco. At the Woodson Art Museum, Hill is considered part of the Birds in Art family; his artwork has been juried into five Birds in Art exhibitions, including this year. His wire sculptures are whimsical, but their foundations are based on real bird and animal forms.
Everyone can get in on the wire action. Hill even manned a station at the Tuesday, September 20, Toddler Tuesday program. Toddlers made outlines of their hands using chenille stems. Look for these precious wire forms as leaves in the trees of Hill’s Wire Woodland.
It’s not too late to register for an evening or weekend program with Tom. Call 715.845.7010 to learn more and to register. Or, stop in this week to see wire in action under the command of artist Thomas Hill. His Wire Woodland remains on view through November 13.
September 21    Wednesday                         6 – 8 pm
Studio Art: Wire Play
Adults add to the wire forest and fashion their own wired wonder. Fee: $5; call 715.845.7010 to register.
September 22    Thursday                            4:30 – 6 pm
Young Artists: Wild About Wire (ages 8-12) Create wire sculptures. Fee: $5; call 715.845.7010 to register.
September 23    Friday                                 7 – 9 pm
Teens Go Social
Teens bring friends to meet Thomas Hill, learn his techniques for creating wire sculpture, and experience the Wire Woodland installation. A Social Event = Music, Food, & Friends.
September 24    Saturday                             9 am – Noon
Art Educator Workshop for Wisconsin Art Education Association (WAEA) members. For details and to register, call the Museum at 715.845.7010.
Thomas Hill’s residency is supported by a Community Arts Grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, with funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board, Community Foundation, and the B.A.& Esther Greenheck Foundation.

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