Written by Amy Beck
Experience astounding visual wonders this spring at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum via a National Geographic exhibition of striking images shot by some of the world’s finest photographers of seldom-seen places, events, and natural phenomena.
From a glacier in Patagonia to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea, Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary captures astonishing moments, natural wonders, and extraordinary objects from the far reaches of the globe.
National Geographic photographs in the Rarely Seen exhibition feature stunning images and are distinct from those featured in a different National Geographic exhibition that was on view at the Woodson Art Museum in late 2014. Rarely Seen is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society and remains on view at the Woodson Art Museum through May 27, 2018.
Included in the exhibition is an impressive image from Wisconsin. Ian Plant — whose Ice Cave Wisconsin is one of the 50 Rarely Seen photographs — will lead a gallery walk, class, and presentation during his Museum residency, May 12–13.
Explore photography themes throughout Museum programs for all ages and via hands-on activities in Art Park — the Museum’s interactive family gallery in the lower level. Check the Museum’s events calendar for program details.
In addition to Rarely Seen, a concurrent exhibition features artwork by Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator and children’s book author Eric Rohmann, who will work with area schoolchildren and offer public programs during his artist residency at the Museum, April 3–8.
My Friend Eric Rohmann, a retrospective spanning nearly two decades, features artwork in various mediums — oil, watercolor, and relief printing.
Whether seen through the eyes of young schoolchildren or adults during gallery strolls, Eric Rohmann’s fantastical illustrations delight the child in all of us. Among the more than 70 My Friend Eric Rohmann artworks are oil paintings for his first book, Time Flies, which received a Caldecott Honor in 1995, and bold relief prints for My Friend Rabbit, which won the Caldecott Medal in 2003.
According to Rohmann:
“I make books for kids because they are the best audience: Children are curious, enthusiastic, impulsive, generous, and pleased by simple joys.”
My Friend Eric Rohmann is organized by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas, and remains on view at the Woodson Art Museum through May 27.
The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum serves the Northcentral Wisconsin region through its commitment to always-free admission and a myriad of services offered for area schools, agencies, and all those who call Marathon County home.
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A former journalist, Amy has considered it a privilege to champion the Woodson Art Museum since 2010. Drawn by the natural, outdoor beauty of Wisconsin, Amy and her family moved to Wausau in 2007. After living in southwest Florida, upstate New York, and Iowa, Amy; her husband, Michael; two sons; and a daughter fell in love with Wisconsin during a family vacation and continue their quest to explore this state’s biking and hiking trails. Email Amy Beck.
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