Here’s what’s happening this week at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Note: The museum will be closed on Easter Sunday.


A gathering in the galleries amid Escher artwork encourages social interaction and engaging conversation between individuals with memory loss and an accompanying friend or family member and is followed by a hands-on art activity.

April 13 Thursday 10:30 am – Noon

On View through May 28, 2017


Reality and Illusion

Iconic works by Dutch artist M.C. Escher (1898-1972), including a pair of hands drawing themselves and  sh morphing into birds, became well known – from museum exhibitions worldwide to 1970s college dorm rooms – and continue to mesmerize. Woodcuts, lithographs, mezzotints, and drawings delve deeper into both the literal and impossible worlds Escher created over a career spanning  five decades. Drawn from the collection of Herakleidon Museum, Athens, Greece, Reality and Illusion features early figure drawings, lesser-known book illustrations, detailed Italian landscapes, the tessellations for which Escher became famous, and examples of his signature architectural fantasies in which stairways seem to go both up and down.

Illustrating Illusions

Drawings by Robin Lauersdorf

Whimsical, yet meticulous, graphite pencil drawings by Wisconsin artist Robin Lauersdorf, long interested in Escher’s work, are featured in an exhibition organized by Woodson Art Museum curator of exhibitions Andy McGivern. Lauersdorf manipulates perspective so that his playful, imagined realities appear to emerge three dimensionally from each sheet of paper.

On View through May 2017

Audubon to Wyeth:  Paintings, Drawings, and Sculptures   

A dazzling, historic array of bird imagery in artworks spanning the early-nineteenth through late-twentieth centuries.

On view Through July 2017

Enduring Beauty Art Nouveau 

Decorative and utilitarian art glass characterized by sinuous asymmetrical lines and deep vibrant colors highlighted with metallic iridescence – favrile – exempli es Art Nouveau influences during the nature-inspired era between 1890-1910.

Black & White

This selection of Birds in Art Master Artist Andrea Rich’s woodcuts – printed only with black ink and utilizing only one woodblock – is intended to complement M.C. Escher’s black-and-white artworks.

On view Through February 2018

Passionate Pursuits Birds in our Landscapes

Avian marvels that live in and pass through Midwest cities, rural landscapes, and backyard feeders connect us with nature. They are alluring to watch, sing melodiously, and balance our ecosystem. Whether perched atop a tree, taking a turn at the nest, or foraging for food, birds provide unlimited inspiration for creative artistry.

In the Sculpture Garden

The Dance

Inspired by the way the seasonal migration of sandhill cranes to their Wisconsin nesting grounds marks the passage of time, Boston artists­-The Myth Makers-Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, constructed 25-foot-tall sandhill cranes of Wausau-area saplings, on-site. (June 2016)

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum – 700 N 12th Street -Wausau, WI  54403-5007

Always Free Admission

Museum Hours

Tuesday – Friday 9 am- 4 pm
First Thursday of each month 9am- 7:30pm Every Thursday during Birds in Art 9am- 7:30pm Saturday – Sunday Noon- 5 pm

Closed Monday and holidays, including Easter, Fourth of July, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

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