Woodson Art Museum Presents Birds in Art Exhibition


Wausau, Wisconsin: New perspectives and artistic insights by more than 100 worldwide artists comprise the 42nd annual, internationally renowned 2017 “Birds in Art” exhibition, on view September 9 through November 26 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

Milwaukee sculptor Don Rambadt, the Woodson Art Museum 2017 Master Artist, will be honored this fall during the Museum’s 42nd annual “Birds in Art” exhibition opening Saturday, September 9.


The 2017 exhibition presents artworks by 114 artists in total: 2017 Master Artist Don Rambadt, 19 who have been named Master Artists during previous “Birds in Art” exhibitions, and 94 artists whose work was selected by three jurors who reviewed more than 800 entries submitted by 524 artists.



Wisconsin sculptor Don Rambadt is the 2017 “Birds in Art” Master Artist. His work has been featured 16 times since 1998 in the Woodson Art Museum’s annual exhibition in Wausau, Wisc

Innovative artistic approaches and intriguing mediums – from bronze, wood, and soapstone to watercolor, oil, cut paper, batik on silk, solar etching, and even smoke from a candle’s flame – convey the character, essence, and surroundings of birds. Steven Spazuk uses a candle’s flame as a pencil; his bird perched atop a microphone is created from traces of soot.

Michael Dickter’s cluster of various colorful birds incorporates drips to hint at the fleeting fragility of their lives. Lucrezia Bieler’s hummingbirds visiting a flowering ocotillo are paper cuttings from a single sheet and “reflect the delicacy and fragility,” she said, “of nature.” Paula Waterman’s oil painting features the abstract tracery of footprints left by foraging birds. An array of all-new artwork features dynamic and contemplative interpretations of avian marvels via original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years.







Jan McAllaster Stommes, Moving On, 2017, oil on canvas


Opening day, Saturday,  provides varied opportunities to interact with more than 60 “Birds in Art” artists visiting from throughout the world for the exhibition’s debut.
Seize morning opportunities to interact in the galleries and sculpture garden with artists – from first-year participants to Master Artists – flocking to the Museum from throughout the world, Birds in Art  is the first stop of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend. https://www.lywam.org/wausaus-artrageous-weekend/
The Museum opens at 9 a.m.; meet and mingle with the artists, 9 a.m.-Noon, and get catalogues and posters signed. https://www.lywam.org/birds-in-art-2017/

Birds in Art” Master Artist Don Rambadt provides insights into his inspiration and sculpture process during his presentation, “Side Roads,” 9:30-10:30 a.m., in the sculpture garden. Artists in Action demonstrate various mediums and explain techniques, 10:45 a.m.-Noon, in the sculpture garden. Programs throughout the fall will bring to life “Birds in Art” themes, artistic styles, and techniques. Three “Birds in Art” artists will lead public programs during artist residencies this fall.





A 134-page full-color, illustrated “Birds in Art” catalogue featuring every artwork along with artists’ statements and an essay about Rambadt will be available for purchase in September. Preorder catalogues now at https://www.lywam.org/catalogues/.


Each year, 60 “Birds in Art” artworks are selected for a subsequent tour to locations throughout the country. The 2017 tour venues are: The Chicago Academy of Sciences, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago, December 16, 2017 – February 4, 2018; Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, Connecticut, February 24 – May 28, 2018; Cumming Nature Center, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Naples, New York, June 16 – August 13, 2018; Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, September 4 – October 26, 2018; Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, New Mexico, November 20, 2018 – January 14, 2019.


Andrea Rich, The Flock (1/10), State 1, 2017, woodcut on Kitakata paper

Enriching audio tours are available on an iPod touch offering insights into selected changing exhibition. Opening-Day Festivities, Saturday, September 9, 9 a.m. – Noon [Note: the Museum remains open until 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 10.]

For details or additional information, contact each organization:
Art in the Park, 715-581-1484, wivalleyart.org
Festival of Arts at 715-842-1676, wausaufoa.org
Center for the Visual Arts, 715-842-4545, cvawausau.org
Woodson Art Museum, 715-845-7010, http://www.lywam.org/birds-in-art

For more information, visit http://www.lywam.org, e-mail the Museum at museum@lywam.org, call 715-845-7010, and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Admission:           Always Free Admission
Phone:                   715.845.7010
E-mail:                  museum@lywam.org
Location:              Franklin and 12th Streets, Wausau, Wisconsin 54403-5007
(700 North Twelfth Street)
Online:                  http://www.lywam.org


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