Carmen Lomas Garza, Haciendo Papel Picado/Making Paper Cutouts, 1998, black paper cutout. Photo courtesy Woodson Art Museum.
Tactile Art Explorations
Ann Cunningham Artist Residency
Thursday though Saturday, March 7 – 9
Sculpture Ann Cunningham is dedicated to creating stone and metal sculpture intended
for touch. Ann’s pioneering work in the field of tactile art led her to research and develop
art education practices for people with low vision and blindness. Her expertise and passion for inclusive and illuminating art experiences for all helped guide Woodson Art Museum staff during the development of its tactile art exhibition. Join Ann Cunningham during public programs complementing the launch of the museum’s tactile art exhibition – the first in an ongoing, periodically changing series.

March 7 Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. 
Art 101 Tactile Art Survey
Learn about the history and evolution of touchable artwork in museums with sculptor Ann Cunningham.

March 7 Thursday 5:30 – 7 p.m. 
Hands-on Art Delicate Designs
Drop in to cut elegant patterns from an individual sheet of folded tissue, inspired by
“Cut Up/Cut Out” artwork.
March 9 Saturday 10:30 a.m. – Noon
“Art Beyond Sight”

Individuals with low vision or blindness join museum educators and visiting sculptor Ann Cunningham for a guided experience exploring the museum’s inaugural tactile art exhibition, followed by hands-on art making. Call 715-845-7010 to register.

March 9 Saturday 2 – 3 p.m.
Art Appreciation through Touch
Participants join sculptor Ann Cunningham and museum educator Catie Anderson for a guided introduction to the museum’s new tactile art exhibition, “In Touch with Art.”
On view through June 2
“Cut Up/Cut Out”
Francesca Pastine, ARTFORUM 50 Hindsight, Mask Series, 2014, cut Artforum magazine, courtesy of Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco. Photo courtesy Woodson Art Museum.

A contemporary take on the ancient, yet ever-evolving art of cutting paper comprises a range of techniques and materials – from vintage maps and magazines to a leaf, car tire and saw blade. To transform paper, rubber, metal and more into thought-provoking artworks, artists explore varied piercing and cutting techniques that provide endless possibilities for change. By cutting into and through surfaces, artists alter items converting them from opaque to transparent, flat to sculptural, rigid to delicate and ordinary to exquisite. Celebrating both innovation and tradition, this exhibition features the work of more than 50 artists, representing diverse styles, techniques and sizes – from 3-inch artworks to sprawling, complex installations.

“In Touch with Art”
Tactile Sculpture

The Woodson Art Museum’s inaugural tactile art exhibition debuts with five avian sculptures, available on a “touch table” in the Decorative Arts Gallery. This touchable artwork installation – the first in an ongoing series – provides ready access to original artwork for visitors with low vision or blindness, also encouraging sighted visitors to experience a new way to “see” via the mind’s eye – visualizing artwork though touch.

Lee Osborne and Leo Osborne, The Ruse, 1987, redwood. Photo courtesy Woodson Art Museum.
A commitment to providing accessible and compelling art experiences for all inspired the tactile art exhibition with guidance from tactile sculpture Ann Cunningham.  Beginning March 2, explore touchable sculpture and the power of hands-on appreciation.
On view through August 2019

“Regal Bearing: Bird Portraiture”

“Regal Bearing” applies the tenets of portraiture to more than 60 artworks from the museum’s collection. As with human portraits, the artists represented captured the essence of their subjects using a variety of formats, including a focus on single birds without backgrounds, as well as the inclusion of habitat or attributes that help to characterize a species or place it in context.
Sharing the Shoreline
Discover the beauty of shorebirds – sanderlings, stilts, turnstones, whimbrels, yellowlegs and others – through sculptures and works on paper from the collection.
The Woodson is at 700 N. 12th St. in Wausau. Visit for more information.
Photos courtesy the Woodson.