Children’s book illustration exhibition opens in Woodson

WAUSAU – Radiant with joy, artist Christian Robinson’s playful children’s book illustrations, shown at the opening of an exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, frankly tackle social issues while encouraging kindness in all.

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What could you do? The art of Christian Robinson”, On display at the Woodson Art Museum from December 4 to February 27, 2022, features his vibrant work in acrylic paint, colored pencil and collage illustrating 17 books.

From portraying a boy’s dreamy doodles on a subway ride to the triumphs and trials in the life of a Harlem Renaissance artist, Robinson’s works openly address the evils. social – from mistaken assumptions about others to discrimination based on differences – while conveying pleasure and hope.

Christian Robinson, Carmela Full of Wishes, © 2018, acrylic painting and collage on paper. Photo courtesy of Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

Robinson, winner of Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Illustrator, is also an author, designer and animator whose works encourage empathy for others and the empowerment of all.

Snow sculpture, January 29, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m..

Team USA’s snow sculptors – Mike Martino, Tom Queoff and Mike Sponholtz – inspired by illustrations by Christian Robinson – work on their winter wonders in their 32nd year by creating snow sculptures at the Woodson Art Museum.

Exhibitions of relief prints and artist residency programs

Two exhibitions of relief prints will also be presented from December 4 to February 27, 2022: “American Woodblock Prints”, organized by the Syracuse University Art Museum, and “Making the Cut: Relief Prints from the Woodson Art Museum’s Collection”.

Wisconsin artist SV (Sue) Medaris brings relief printing to life at an artist residency, January 6-9, 2022. Bold and graphic, his prints and paintings of pets and Farm animals explore the humor, drama and nuances inherent in humans’ relationships with animals.

  • Artist Talk, January 6, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Medaris shares stories and ideas about its 3D printing process and studio practice.
  • Printmaking Open Studio, January 7, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Come watch Medaris at work and learn about its hand-colored woodcuts.
  • Woodblock printing workshop, January 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this two-day workshop, Medaris guides teens and adults in the design and engraving of a block to be printed on a press ; these small editions of prints can be hand colored or remain monochrome. Price: $ 85, members of the Museum; $ 100, non-members; lunches and equipment provided. Call the Museum at 715-845-7010 to register; scholarships available.

Featured in February

  • Art Beyond Sight, February 5, 10:30 am to noon: Visually impaired and blind people join museum educators for a multisensory experience of “American prints on wood” and Christian Robinson illustrations, followed by an inspired artistic creation works of art on display.
  • Practical Printmaking Workshop, February 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Teens and adults alike join curators for a fun exploration of accessible printmaking processes using everyday materials and household objects. The resulting original prints can be glued, hand colored, and layered into future mixed art works. Equipment and lunch provided; $ 50 for members; $ 75 for non-members. Call the museum at 715-845-7010 to register; scholarships available.

For more details, see the Event calendar and exhibition web page. For more information visit, email the Museum at [email protected] or call 715-845-7010.

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