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Birds in Art

September 12 - November 29, 2015


Mesmerizing artwork by 123 of the world's most talented artists serves as a fitting tribute to this year's milestone 40th annual "Birds in Art" exhibition on view September 12 through November 29, 2015 at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Varied and accomplished depictions of avian life, from regal poses, lively gatherings, and calm repose to sculptural statements and whimsical "trompe l'oeil" works highlight why throughout four decades "Birds in Art" has earned international esteem.

The 2015 exhibition includes the work of 102 artists, selected by three jurors, and 21 who have been named Master Artists during previous "Birds in Art" exhibitions. Artwork from 607 artists was submitted for the 2015 jury's consideration. The 2015 jurors were Danny Bills, curator of collections and exhibitions, Wichita Falls Museum at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas; Virginia Eichhorn, director and chief curator, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada; and Terry Pitts, director emeritus, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Intriguing surprises await. Chris Maynard's delicate bird surrounded by scattering insects are all meticulously carved from a feather. Abstract forms creatively encompass open space in work by Don Rambadt -- bronze birds in swift departure from a windowlike frame -- and Simon Gudgeon ­ a diminutive bird atop an octagonal assemblage of rods suggesting a nest.

This year's edition includes 12 Wisconsin artists, 28 international artists, and 11 first-time "Birds in Art" artists. The Wisconsin artists are: Clarence P. Cameron, Madison; Gary Eigenberger, Green Bay; Janet D. Flynn, Reedsburg; Cary Hunkel, Madison; David Kapszukiewicz, Tomahawk; Jeffrey T. Larson, Maple; S.V. Medaris, Mount Horeb; John S. Miller, Madison; Don Rambadt, Milwaukee; Gene Reineking, Almond; Jan McAllaster Stommes, Owen; and Todd Wohlt, Appleton.

Opening day, part of Wausau's Artrageous Weekend, provided varied opportunities to interact with more than 70 "Birds in Art" artists visiting from throughout the world for 40th-anniversary festivities.


Ongoing Anniversary Commemoration

Celebrating the 40th anniversary, a digital exhibition will showcase 450 "Birds in Art" artworks acquired by the Museum since 1976, and "From the Archives" chronicles the evolution of "Birds in Art" throughout four decades. Visitors are invited to share Museum and exhibition memories by writing and drawing on paper birds they add to a birch grove forest, Birds of a Feather: 40 Years Together.

The 40th annual exhibition also launches the beginning of the Museum's 40th anniversary year. Programs throughout the fall will bring to life "Birds in Art" themes, artistic styles, and techniques. The Museum's website has a calendar of events.



A full-color, illustrated "Birds in Art" catalogue featuring every artwork along with artists' statements became available for purchase in September.


Additional venues

Each year, sixty "Birds in Art" artworks are selected for a subsequent tour to locations throughout the country; the 2015 tour venues are: Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton, California, December 28, 2015 - February 22, 2016; Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, March 12 - June 5, 2016; Museum of the Red River, Idabel, Oklahoma, June 24 - August 21, 2016; Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, September 12 - November 4, 2016; Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum, Logan, Kansas, December 9, 2016 - February 5, 2017.


To view a flyer on related events please click here.

To view an exhibition calendar please click here.


2015 Birds in Art Artists:

Eric van der Aa

Sue deLeare Adair

Edward Aldrich

Fran A.H.Alvarado

Tony Angell

Helene Arfi

Chris Bacon

John Banovich

Larry Barth

Robert Bateman

Kimberly Beck

Julie Bender

Robin Berry

Karen Bondarchuk

Jim Bortz

Carl Brenders

Burt Brent

Carel P. Brest van Kempen

Paul Brigham

Wendy Brockman

Ray C. Brown, Jr.

John Busby

Robert Caldwell

Clarence P. Cameron

Tim Cherry

James Coe

Guy Coheleach

Mark A. Collins

Robert Cook

Christophe Drochon

Mark Eberhard

Gary Eigenberger

Dawn Emerson

Anne Senechal Faust

John Felsing

Richard Finch

Janet D. Flynn

Berry Fritz

Ulco Glimmerveen

Shawn Gould

Peter Gray

Simon Gudgeon

Barry Gunderson

Ed Hatch

Thomas Jay Horn

Cindy House

Nancy Howe

Cary Hunkel

Jenny Hyde-Johnson

Ryan D. Jacque

Ralph Grady James

Brian Jarvi

Gary Johnson

Lars Jonsson

David Kapszukiewicz

Debby Kaspari

Justin Kellner

Steve Kestrel

Grace Kim

Ron Kingswood

Elwin van der Kolk

Nobuko Kumasaka

Zev Labinger

Frank LaLumia

Jeffrey T. Larson

T. Allen Lawson

Jhenna Quinn Lewis

Leon van der Linden

Pete Marshall

Misty Martin

Walter T. Matia

Ross Matteson

Timothy David Mayhew

Chris Maynard

Catherine McClung

Lucinda Kate McEachern

S.V. Medaris

John S. Miller

Terry Miller

David Milton

James Morgan

Sean Murtha

Calvin Nicholls

Peter Nilsson

James Offeman

Leo E. Osborne

Manisha Padhye

Dino Paravano

Kris Parins

Robert R. Pennor

John C. Pitcher

Melinda Whipplesmith Plank

Tony Pridham

Thomas Quinn

Don Rambadt

David Rankin

Maynard Reece

Gene Reineking

Arlene Rheinish

Paul Rhymer

Andrea Rich

Derek Robertson

Kimberly Roush

Lennart Sand

Suzie Seerey-Lester

John T. Sharp

Cathy Sheeter

Allison Leigh Smith

Gail Stanek

Debbie Stevens

Jan McAllaster Stommes

Kristine Taylor

Gunnar Tryggmo

Kathryn Mapes Turner

Kent Ullberg

Barry Van Dusen

Judith Vivell

Bart Walter

Paula Waterman

Dale Weiler

Todd Wohlt

Darren Woodhead

Sherrie York


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