If you’ve ever seen the sensational Birds in Art Exhibit that comes to Wausau every September, then you’ve heard of the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Wausau, which has traditionally been considered something of a rugged destination for outdoor lovers and people just passing through, is gradually putting itself on the map as an arts destination. It’s in part thanks to incredible exhibits like the Birds in Art, and museums like the Woodson Museum Art Museum, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, and great venues like the Grand Theater.
We think Wausau is underrated as a travel destination. It’s definitely a wonderful place for the avid outdoor enthusiasts among us, whether you’re into winter skiing, summer whitewater, or hiking, biking, and birdwatching in between. This small town also has a surprising array of big-city amenities, like incredible restaurants, excellent choices for lodging, like our boutique hotel, and world-class museum and other attractions.
There’s truly something for everyone in Wausau. Come see this incredible town for yourself, and book a room at the Stewart Inn Boutique Hotel today.
Your Guide to The Woodson Art Museum
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is one place you absolutely should not miss during your stay in Wausau. It houses a vast collection of historic and contemporary paintings, graphics, and sculptures. Most of its work revolves around birds and nature, which shouldn’t come as a surprise if you’ve heard of their annual Birds in Art Exhibit. Beyond just housing a beautiful museum and works of art, the Woodson Art Museum also has beautifully kept grounds that feature elegant garden spaces and artistic sculptures, each of which takes on a life of their own.
Though the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum is currently closed, there are a number of exhibits that continue well into the summer months when it’s likely to be open again. These include:
- L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters, open March 7 – May 31, 2020
- Some Illustrator! Pictures by Melissa Sweet, open March 7 – May 31, 2020
- A range of Collection Classics, open September 7, 2019 – August 9, 2020
- Deceptive Surfaces, open September 7, 2019 – August 16, 2020
There are also some exciting upcoming exhibitions set to open later this summer and fall, which includes the much-anticipated Birds in Art Exhibit for 2020.
2020 Birds In Art Exhibit
In September of 2020, the Woodson Art Museum will be host to the annual Birds in Art Exhibit, which has been generously displayed every year since 1976. This incredible exhibit stays on display from September 12 – November 29, 2020. Billed as a great way to do “indoor birdwatching,” this incredible exhibit features of a range of birds artistically portrayed in a variety of mediums.
As always, admission to the annual Birds in Art display is free. The Woodson Art Museums’s 2020 Master Artist will be Timothy David Mayhew of New Mexico. His works have been showcased around the world and he is most well known for his impressive study of birds in their natural habitat, where he studies not just the landscapes, but the beautiful animals that inhabit them. His intricate knowledge and observation shine through in his works. According to the author, the biggest influencer on his works has been artist Bob Kuhn, who also greatly appreciates the role of direct observation in producing his artistic works.
Mayhew is the 39th master artist for the Birds in Art exhibit and will be present to discuss his artwork during his MasterArtist presentation on September 12 during the opening morning festivities.
In total, the Birds in Art exhibit will feature the works of just over 100 artists, including some of the most respected and renowned in their fields in the world.
The Best Boutique Hotel in Wausau
The Stewart Inn Boutique Hotel is perfectly situated to enjoy your time browsing the exhibits at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. We are walkable to downtown Wausau and all of its many attractions. Beyond that, the Stewart Inn prides itself on offering luxurious accommodations and exceptional hospitality. Unleash the inner art lover in you, and Book your room at the Stewart Inn Boutique Hotel today.