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Acclaimed ‘Birds in Art’ exhibition to feature work by 114 artists

The 44th annual “Birds in Art” exhibition opening on Saturday, September 7, at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, will feature artworks by 114 artists from around the world.

All-new artwork at the internationally acclaimed show features varied interpretations of avian wonders – from animated to tranquil – via original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years. Whether through colored pencil, oil, charcoal, bronze, or stone, “Birds in Art” artists depict the character, spirit, and habitats of birds via innovative artistic approaches.

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Alan Woollett, a British colored-pencil artist, is this year’s Master Artist for the exhibition. The Woodson Art Museum’s 38th Master Artist, Woollett will receive the Master Wildlife Artist Medal during the “Birds in Art” opening festivities.

“Alan’s mastery of the colored-pencil medium expands the high standards that define the Museum’s Master Artists,” says museum director Kathy Kelsey Foley. “His artwork is distinct and distinctly his own. Alan brings new perspectives to the pantheon of Woodson Art Museum Masters.”

“I’m still taking in the fact that my work is deemed worthy of being exhibited alongside that of such esteemed and talented artists,” Woollett said of the Woodson Art Museum’s Birds in Art artists and previously named Master Artists. “It’s such a huge honor and one that has me still pinching myself most mornings when I sit to draw in my humble little studio.” A selection of Woollett’s art will comprise his 2019 Birds in Art Master Artist grouping.

Please enjoy the following slideshow of art from “Birds in Art” 2019. The title of each piece appears above the images, and the artist and medium are noted below them.

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters

Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters

Alan Woollett, 2016, Faber-Castell Polychromos pencil on Fabriano Artistico hot press paper.

The exhibition will be on view through December 1. After it concludes, 60 pieces will go on tour to the following museums:

Wichita Falls Museum of Art, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, January 17 – February 22, 2020.

Newington-Cropsey Foundation, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, March 23 – May 15, 2020.

Wendell Gilley Museum, Southwest Harbor, Maine, June 20 – September 8, 2020.

Meet the 2018 Master Artist Cindy House

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