Got the call today: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has purchased Taliesin Goose! I am so honored to have a piece in the collection. *Read about the making of Taliesin Goose (my 1st 48″ reduction woodcut). Here it is at the 2014 Birds in Art exhibit (pretty nifty wall color, huh?):
Part of what makes this purchase (and just the fact that this piece got into this year’s show) so meaningful, is that I submitted the same piece last year to Birds in Art 2013, and I didn’t get in. It really brings home the fact that every year is a different group of jurors, and in many ways, it’s kind of a crapshoot whether or not you get in (well, for people like me that is…. There are some folks who get in just about every time, and for them, it’s more of a relief when they get in. For me, it’s always a total surprise, since I’ve only gotten into Birds in Art 4 times out of about 12 tries).
Seems like only yesterday…
…(summer, 2010) when I was learning how to do reduction woodcuts from Nancy Palmeri at Frogman’s Print Workshop. It really did change my life—enabled me to cut for and print successfully a reduction blockprint. I’m forever grateful.
And again, such a short time ago when I graduated from UW-Madison with an MFA in printmaking (2011), having learned block printing/relief printmaking from John Hitchcock…the experience changed my life and gave me yet another path through the forest. It’s the choosing and what you do with the options that can sometimes seem so confusing. Maybe it’s why I often just choose “all of the above” and hit the ground sprinting just trying to get it all done.
A couple pics (and a poster!) from Birds in Art 2014, and plenty of pics at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Facebook page.