'Birds in Art' begins Jan. 10

Wichita Falls Museum of Art excited to feature acclaimed 'Birds in Art' exhibition

The Wichita Falls Museum of Art will feature “Birds in Art,” described as mesmerizing avian-themed artworks by some of the world’s most talented contemporary artists, from Jan. 10 to Feb. 22.

The international juried exhibition, in its 44th year, is organized by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.

“The ‘Birds in Art’ exhibit always brings a wide range of bird representations, and it expands one’s appreciation of different species and behaviors of birds,” said Marcy Brown Marsden, Dean of McCoy College of Science, Mathematics & Engineering. “In my talk on ‘Birds in Art’ that will accompany the exhibition, I will describe how biologists and birders identify and appreciate birds, and how artists can capture the unique qualities of birds.”

Birds in Art exhibit

The WFMA and director Tracee Robertson are excited to bring another great feature to Wichita Falls.

“The WFMA is excited to host this highly anticipated exhibition that celebrates the intricate beauty and subtle majesty of birds and their natural settings,” Robertson said. “Last spring in my back yard, my family was delighted to watch baby wrens prepared for, born, and weaned, and a baby mockingbird takes its first awkward flights. Something about birds tends to captivate us. Come enjoy the talent of our nation’s artists and engage creatively with the subject matter through one of our many programs.”

Each spring, more than 500 artists submit their work for consideration by a jury of three professionals who winnow the field for the fall exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Jurors for the 44th annual “Birds in Art” exhibition were Jillian Casey, curator of collections, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford, Connecticut; Luis Purón, executive director, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, Texas; and Robin Salmon, curator of sculpture and vice president of art and historical collections, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.

 “We’re pleased to extend this impressive array of artworks to a national audience via the ‘Birds in Art’ 2019 touring exhibition,” said Woodson Art Museum director Kathy Kelsey Foley.

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Opening: There will be an opening reception at 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, January 30, at WFMA, featuring a 6 p.m. lecture presented by Dr. Margaret Brown Marsden, the Dean of McCoy College of Science, Mathematics & Engineering. See the full schedule of events and programs and more from WFMA.

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About the WFMA: Founded in 1967, The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU Texas enriches life in the community and the university through new experiences in visual art for all ages. The WFMA has earned accredited status from the American Alliance of Museums. An extensive and growing permanent collection of American Art focused on works on paper and a dynamic schedule of changing exhibitions and engagement programs provide a first-class gallery experience. The WFMA supports the university’s liberal arts mission and is an educational resource offering varied programs and events for the North Texas region. The WFMA is located at 2 Eureka Circle and is open free of charge Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free parking is available.

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