The Best Indoor Bird Watching in Kalamazoo

Birds in Art 2011 - Opens May 26 at the KIA

Posted: May 15, 2012
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Zev Labinger Swiftscape

Zev Labinger, Swiftscape, 2009, watercolor on Arches paper

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will become the premier spot for indoor bird watching on May 26, when the exhibition, Birds in Art 2011 opens.

The feather forecast is always favorable when Birds in Art is on view. Whether the subjects are backyard feeder favorites or exotic species from around the world, an international cast of artists interprets avian themes and habitats employing diverse styles and mediums. Art lovers and bird lovers alike always find something to crow about as they discover the harmony and serenity or the power and tension that infuse these artworks.

Each year the Woodson Art Museum, located in Wausau, Wisconsin, invites contemporary two- and three-dimensional artists working in all mediums other than crafts and photography to submit artworks interpreting birds and related subject matter for jury consideration. The Birds in Art phenomenon owes its success to the more than 970 artists whose artworks have comprised the annual exhibition since 1976.

The stars of Birds in Art - avian species interpreted in oil, watercolor, the graphic arts, bronze, stone, and more - fly thousands of miles every autumn to reach the Woodson Art Museum. Sixty artworks from each Wausau exhibition are then presented at museums across the United States and across the Atlantic and Pacific. In this way, Birds in Art makes new friends for the Woodson Art Museum and delights audiences worldwide.

Organized by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum since 1976, this annual juried exhibition has morphed and grown and is now recognized around the world as the exhibition that sets the standard for avian art.

Birds in Art 2011 opens on Saturday, May 26 and will close on Saturday, July 28. Admission is free.

Sponsored by: Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs: The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding. We are a key conduit for arts and cultural information, as well as a source of arts and culture grant funding.

and the National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.