Birds in Art
July 15 – August 27, 2017
Long venerated for embodying freedom, grace, and beauty in flight, birds continually provide creative inspiration to exceed limits of earthbound human existence. As we aspire to sing, soar, and preen like them adorned in brilliant attire, avian art inspires in endless ways. When talented artists from throughout the world strive to be among those chosen for the internationally renowned Birds in Art exhibition, the resulting depictions are breathtaking. The 41st annual exhibition celebrates avian marvels through fresh interpretations in original paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years by 112 artists from throughout the world. This year’s exhibition includes 2016 Master Artist Karen Bondarchuck, twenty who were named Master Artists during previous Birds in Art exhibitions, and ninety-one artists whose work was selected by a three-person jury.
For more information about Birds in Art, please visit the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s website at https://www.lywam.org/.
Neil Rizos: The Art of Exploration
September 15 – December 10, 2017
For more than 25 years, Rizos has pursued his interest in birds, art and the natural world. He has travelled widely, participating in bird research projects with public and private agencies in North America and Europe. In 2016, he was invited to Austria to observe the European Union’s Northern Bald Ibis reintroduction program. He has been recognized with numerous awards and artist residencies, and his work is in notable private and public collections internationally, including the United States Library of Congress.
This exhibit features over fifty works, reflecting Neil Rizos’ life-long exploration of art and nature. Rizos works in a variety of media, including bronze sculptures, paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, lithographs and woodcuts.
Speaking of his recent work, Rizos says, “Birds are the starting point of my artistic journey. Although the species are often recognizable, my purpose is not to copy appearances. Rather, my intention is to make my personal, interior experience visible in a way that engages the viewer deeply; moving through form into that which cannot be grasped, only experienced.”
For more information visit www.rizosart.com. Stay tuned for special programs with this artist.
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