Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Wausau, WI




"Birds in Art" Ready for 25th Lift-off


The countdown has commenced for the 25th launch of Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, Wisconsin. The exact lift-off date is September 9, 2000 with the exhibition on view through November 12, 2000. (left: Adele Earnshaw, Tree Sparrows at Dragon Mountain)

For nine weeks, bird watchers, art lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts - amateurs and pros alike - can experience avian artistic adventures with 113 works created by artists from around the United States and 11 other countries. Included are 89 oils, acrylics, and works on paper and 24 bronze, stone, and wood sculptures.

Director Kathy Kelsey Foley is especially pleased with the variety, complexity, and beauty of the works submitted for Birds in Art this year. "The works selected for the 25th anniversary edition of the Woodson Art Museum's flagship exhibition represent a new high in artistry. From vast panoramic views to finely detailed up-close studies and from intricate carvings to abstracted bronzes, Birds in Art 2000 includes something for every artistic taste and bird-watching fancy." (left: Mark Eberhard, The Birdwatchers)

Jurors representing the Fort Wayne, Indiana, Museum of Art; Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, New Jersey; and Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina reviewed work by 535 artists, with 99 artists being selected for inclusion in the silver edition exhibition.

left to right: Lewis Cisle, Great Pied Hornbill; Carl Brenders, In Mixed Company; John Banovich, Great White; Brenda Mills, Abundance.

Because this is an anniversary year, no Master Wildlife Artist is being named. Fourteen past Woodson Masters, however, are among those whose works comprise this year's exhibition. They'll be joined by 18 artists new to Birds in Art and 81 whose names are familiar to frequent Birds in Art visitors. Well-known names include Carl Brenders, Mark Eberhard, Jerry Gadamus, Nancy Howe, David Rankin, Marc Schultz, and Paula Waterman. Seven Wisconsin artists are among the exhibitors.

An opening-weekend highlight will be the premiere of a video that captures the spirit of Birds in Art as it has evolved from fledgling to a widely respected exhibition. Also debuting will be a new larger-format 25th anniversary catalogue featuring color illustrations of every work. (left: Janet N. Heaton, Sitting on the Wall of the Locks; right: Todd Wohlt, Barn Swallows on Cupola)

Following the close of Birds in Art in Wausau, 60 works will then travel to the Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania (March 4 - April 29, 2001); Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, Missouri; and the Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford, New York..

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