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Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is to enhance
lives through art by providing audiences with quality art experiences
through permanent collections, changing exhibitions, and education
Art Museum is
housed in a beautifully renovated 1931
English Tudor period Cotswold-style residence enhanced by large
galleries and the 1.5 acre Margaret Woodson Fisher Sculpture Garden.
Located in a historic residential area on the east side of Wausau,
Wisconsin, the Woodson offers artworks from every corner of the world
to the people of north central Wisconsin and visitors to the region via
diverse changing exhibitions. Best known is the internationally
acclaimed Birds in Art, an annual juried exhibition that showcases a
variety of artistic styles created by artists the world over and
accompanied by a full-color catalogue.
Main entrance viewed from lower Terrace Garden.
takes center stage in
the Woodson Art Museum’s collections
through historic and contemporary bird and avian-related imagery in a
variety of mediums. Highlights include an extensive collection of field
studies and sketches by more than 200 contemporary artists,
representative graphic works by preeminent artist-naturalists, and
paintings and sculptures by an array of international contemporary
Recent acquisitions include paintings by Martin Johnson Heade, Jasper Cropsey, Albert Bierstadt, Rubens Peale, N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth, and an important and rare John James Audubon oil.
of Royal Worcester
bird and floral porcelains and 19th
century glass baskets, Art Nouveau and Art Deco vessels, and
contemporary studio glass fill the decorative arts gallery. Outdoors,
the Margaret Woodson Fisher Sculpture Garden features a mix of
collection pieces and temporary installations. Additional sculptures
are attractively sited throughout the grounds and manicured gardens.
Kent Ullberg's bronze whooping cranes Rites of Spring,1998)
welcomes Woodson Art Museum visitors.
Youngsters sharing fun in Art Park
Rosetta, Mountain Fishing, 1996 (bronze mountain lion)
An active program of
8-10 changing exhibitions each year encourages
visitation as does an array of programs for children and adults
during each exhibition.
Woodson Art Museum
2010-11 Exhibition Schedule
Amy Beck, Marketing and Communications Manager
June 26 – August 29, 2010
The New Reality: Realism in the 21st Century
In organizing The New Reality, the International Guild of Realism asked artists to create a work inspired by a historical painting. The work of Masters including Da Vinci, Durer, Vermeer, Audubon, Dali, and others are depicted on comparative labels alongside sixty-five contemporary works, allowing viewers to compare and contrast the old with the new Realism as seen in still lifes, landscapes, figurative studies, and trompe-l’oeil paintings.
Contemporary: Anne Kullaf, Gulf, 2006, oil on canvas
Comparative Photo: Edward Hopper, Portrait of Orleans, 1950
Contemporary: Donelli DiMaria, Same, 2006, oil on canvas
Comparative Photo: John Singer Sargent, The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, 1882
Contemporary: Ellen Catherwood, Girl with Piercings, 2006, watercolor on board
Comparative Photo: Johannes Vermeer, Girl with Pearl Earring, 1665
Contemporary: Ginger Bowen, Homage to D. Greene, 1997, oil on linen
Comparative Photo: Jefferson D. Chalfant, Violin and Bow, 1889
Contemporary: Lee Alban, One Day Last Spring, 2006, oil on linen
Comparative Photo: Pierre Auguste Renoir, Little Girl with a Hat, 1881
Contemporary: Tom Cardamone, The Vegetarian, 2001, acrylic on canvas
Comparative Photo: Walter Hunt, Farmyard Friends, 1920
June 26 – August 29, 2010
Peanuts at Bat!
November 20, 2010 – January 23, 2011
Saturday – Sunday –
Open Thursdays until during Birds in Art
Closed Monday and Holidays
Always free admission; donations accepted.
From Highway 39/51 Southbound Use Exit 193 (Bridge Street). At Bridge Street stop light, turn left and go 1.5 miles to 5th Street. (You will cross the Wisconsin River.) Turn right onto 5th Street to Franklin Street (County Highway Z). Left on Franklin Street to 12th Street. Right on 12th Street. The Museum is located at the corner of Franklin and 12th Streets. Free on-site parking is located south of the building adjacent to the sculpture garden.
From Highway 39/51 Northbound Use Exit 193 (Bridge Street). At the Bridge Street stop light, turn right and go approx. 1.5 miles to 5th Street. (You will cross the Wisconsin River.) Turn right onto 5th Street to Franklin Street (County Highway Z). Left on Franklin Street to 12th Street. Right on 12th Street. The Museum is located at the corner of Franklin and 12th Streets. Free on-site parking is located south of the building adjacent to the sculpture garden.
From Highway 29 Eastbound Take Exit 164 (North Hwy. 51/Merrill) from right lane. Go straight through first light at Stewart Avenue and Highway 52 Pkwy. intersection. Move into left lane and go straight at next two lights. Continue under three overpasses and then turn left at first light, following sign for North Hwy. 51. Stay in right lane to Exit 193/Bridge Street. Turn right onto Bridge Street and go 1.4 miles to 5th Street. (You will cross the Wisconsin River.) Turn right onto 5th Street to Franklin Street. Left on Franklin Street to 12th Street. Right on 12th Street. The Museum is located at the corner of Franklin and 12th Streets. Free on-site parking is located south of the building adjacent to the sculpture garden.
From Highway 29 Westbound Exit Highway 29 at County Highway X (Camp Phillips Road). Travel north on County Highway X approx. 4 miles to County Highway Z (Franklin Street). Turn left on County Highway Z. Travel west to Twelfth Street. Turn left on Twelfth Street. The Museum is located at the corner of Franklin and 12th Streets. Free on-site parking is located south of the building adjacent to the sculpture garden.
Within Wausau Follow blue directional ‘Art Museum’ signs prominently located throughout Wausau.
Kathy K. Foley, director
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