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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.
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.
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To view an exhibition calendar please click here.
2015 Birds in Art Artists:
Eric van der Aa
Sue deLeare Adair
Carel P. Brest van Kempen
Ray C. Brown, Jr.
Clarence P. Cameron
Mark A. Collins
Anne Senechal Faust
Janet D. Flynn
Thomas Jay Horn
Ryan D. Jacque
Ralph Grady James
Elwin van der Kolk
Jeffrey T. Larson
T. Allen Lawson
Jhenna Quinn Lewis
Leon van der Linden
Walter T. Matia
Timothy David Mayhew
Lucinda Kate McEachern
John S. Miller
Leo E. Osborne
Robert R. Pennor
John C. Pitcher
Melinda Whipplesmith Plank
John T. Sharp
Allison Leigh Smith
Jan McAllaster Stommes
Kathryn Mapes Turner
Barry Van Dusen
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