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Woodson Art Museum getting ready for opening of Birds in Art next week


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- The opening of Birds in Art at the Woodson Art Museum is a week away and staff at the museum are getting ready to welcome guests.

Marketing director Amy Beck says staff and curators work hard all year getting new pieces for Birds in Art, which is the museum's featured annual show. "The theme might be consistent, but that's really the only thing that's the same. So even those who have been here to Birds in Art before, you're going to see all new, original artwork, every year." All of the artwork has to go through a jury process and have been created in the last three years, which helps keep the annual event fresh and exciting.

But while the museum is busy getting Bird in Art on display, Beck says there's still plenty to see in the museum. "New exhibitions are on view in the south galleries that feature the museum's collection exhibitions, and in the the new addition galleries in the west section, so there's plenty to see right now, even though Birds in Art is being installed, as we speak."

Those new additions included an expanded storage and curating space for the museum to help keep and maintain the gallery's collections for a very long time. "That artwork cannot all be on view at any given time, certainly just a small percentage of that. So it's cared for properly, and themes of exhibitions are pulled from the museum's collection that features art of the natural world." Beck says those collections rotate and change throughout the year alongside the traveling and larger shows in the main galleries.

If you'd like to get a schedule of exhibitions and a preview of what's coming up in this year's Birds in Art, check out their website at http://www.lywam.org.