Taliesin Goose purchased by Museum

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?):

museum interior with teal wall and goose print and others

Taliesin Goose, 2014, 30in x 48in

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).

artists sign each others' books at Birds of Art Opening weekend. S.V. Medaris looks on at artist signs her book.

At Birds in Art: Artists’ Preview Reception (signing each other’s books). Post by Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau.

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.

card with artist info about S.V. Medaris, American

Museum title card (click on image to enlarge)

woodcut of canadian goose

Taliesin Goose at Birds in Art 2014, 30″ x 48″, reduction woodcut on Arches Cover (click on image to enlarge)

A couple pics (and a poster!) from Birds in Art 2014, and plenty of pics at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Facebook page.

14 thoughts on “Taliesin Goose purchased by Museum

  1. Thanks, Sue, for the heartfelt — and entirely forthright — post. Juried exhibitions are often filled with nuances . . . some subtle, some obvious. With Birds in Art, we invite three different jurors every year and restrict the “age” of artwork to the current and prior two years. Your “Taliesin Goose” is a testament to the system, although I suspect you might have preferred that your fabulous woodcut had been accepted in 2013. Best to keep a positive attitude and persevere! Kudos to you! Kathy

    • Thank YOU Kathy! It’s simply a thrill to get in to Birds in Art. Period. If I don’t get in, I don’t resent, but just try again the next year (and again and…). Your jurori-ng process is fairer than most, since you change the jurors every year, so it really is a fresh shot every time.

      I meant no complaints with the post above, but wrote it for people who don’t get in to the show after trying once, get discouraged, and think it’s impossible to get juried in–let alone attempt a 2nd try with the same piece–something I don’t often do). Bottom line: Birds in Art is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I realize I’m very lucky to have experienced it.

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