Time and again birds have found themselves the subjects of artists’ work in all types of mediums and styles. Since 1976, one museum has annually exhibited a juried collection of nearly 100 works with our feathered friends as the focus. Who’s featured in this year’s show?
On view beginning September 10 is the 41st annual “Birds in Art” exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. The show, which features artworks by 112 of the world’s most talented artists, has earned international recognition over its tenure. Among the artists juried into the show, 20 have been named Master Wildlife Artists in earlier exhibitions; they include Owen J. Gromme (1976), Peter Scott (1980), Maynard Reece (1989), Richard Sloan (1994), John T. Sharp (1996), Nancy Howe (2005), Terry Miller (2013), Anne Senechal Faust (1999), and Andrea Rich (2013).

Sean Murtha, “Periwinkle Flats,” 2014, oil on canvas, (c) Woodson Museum of Art 2016

Three jurors scoured through submissions by more than 600 artists from across the world. Via the museum’s announcement: “Opening day, Saturday, September 10, part of Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend, provides varied opportunities to interact with more than sixty ‘Birds in Art’ artists visiting from throughout the world. Karen Bondarchuk, whose work ranges from sculpture and drawing to video and bookmaking and is well known for her large-scale charcoal portraits of ravens, crows, and owls along with larger-than-life corvid sculptures created from salvaged tire scraps, will be honored as the Museum’s 35th Master Artist during opening weekend festivities. Bondarchuk’s work has been selected for inclusion in ‘Birds in Art’ seven times since 2008, her first year in the exhibition. A fully illustrated catalogue accompanies ‘Birds in Art’ and will be available in September 2016.”

Kathryn Ashcroft, “Tranquility,” 2016, oil on linen, (c) Woodson Museum of Art 2016

“Birds in Art” opens on September 10 and will be on view through November 27.
To learn more, visit the Woodson Art Museum.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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