In this issue...
- What's on deck? General updates
- State Day 2017 Conference and Annual Art Exhibition
- Fill your summer with art! Summer arts guides, museums, and galleries around Wisconsin
- On my first experience as a WRAP Coordinator article by Cole Zrostlik, Event & Gallery Coordinator at the River Falls Public Library
- The Importance of WRAP from My Perspective article by Laura Grotjan, UW-Madison MA in Art History candidate and WRAP Student Assistant
- Comments and Response
What’s on deck?
State wide Curators Conversations - What happens when you get gallery owners and art educators from around the state together in one room? You get a lot of conversations about the amazing people creating opportunities for viewing dynamic artwork. That is exactly what happened on Apr 7 in Kohler WI. We are spreading the word about WRAP through these state wide actions.
Broadening your artist vision:
Viewing and participating in more are venues. Enjoy this new compilation of not for profit and profit art venues around this state.
Planning State Day 2017 - Wausau, WI
Artist Registration (exhibition only): Complete the online entry form and the ID label for your artwork
- Choose your piece: If you won multiple State Awards, choose one piece to exhibit.
- Write your artist’s statement: Write, proofread, and revise your 100-word statement before adding it to your application. The statement you submit with your application will appear on the label accompanying your art.
- Type carefully! Use uppercase and lowercase, and please check for spelling errors.
- Check all waivers and release forms: This includes a release granting permission for WRAP to photograph your work for a catalog and a signed/checked waiver for transporting your work.
- Label your art and pack it for shipping: Complete the ID label for your piece. Be sure to sign and date it.
- Ship or drop off your art: If you send WRAP your art using the United States Postal Service, FedEx, or UPS, it must arrive by July 31. Shipping and dropoff addresses below, under Here's What You Need to Know.
Conference Registration - All are welcome!
There is still time to enter your Tiny Treasure for the 2017 competition and fundraiser! They will be exhibited online and at the Annual Art Exhibition in Wausau Aug 15-Sept 23. Tiny Treasures will be available for purchase online on the WRAA website Aug 2-Sept 13 and in person Sept 22-23 at the Evening With the Arts Gala and the State Day Conference at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau.
Sixteen Tiny Treasures are chosen to be part of WRAA’s Timely Treasures Pocket Calendar. 1st ($100), 2nd ($75), 3rd ($50) place winners are showcased on the outside cover of the calendar. Each of the others represents a month of the year. Again this year there will also be a $25 award for Best Title ($25). All proceeds from the sale of Tiny Treasures will be used to to support WRAA & WRAP.
Take a look at some of this year's Tiny Treasures below:
Fill Your Summer with Art!
Summer 2017 Art Events
Wisconsin Art Museums
On My First Experience as a WRAP Coordinator
At the River Falls Public Library where I work, we are always looking for ways to best serve all members of our community. 2017 was our organization’s third year hosting a WRAP exhibition; it was my first time serving as WRAP coordinator. My experience was awesome-- WRAP was a great way for me to meet and connect with artists in my community (where I am a total newcomer), to work with new organizational leaders, and to share and spread the Wisconsin Idea with library patrons and community members.
Through my experience I learned how WRAP helps organizations like ours better serve our community members. Our exhibit centered on not just providing more display spaces for community artists, but on providing opportunities for meaningful interactions, both for makers and audiences. Through WRAP, our organization was able to provide community artists with better insights into how to improve their practice, with opportunities to collaborate with other artists, and with the chance to learn from professional, working artists. WRAP artists are now a part of a statewide (and a strong local) network of creators; the meaningful opportunities that our library was able to cultivate through our partnership with the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies made a world of difference to artist participants. Artists leave the show optimistic about their next steps making and sharing their work.
My best advice to regional coordinators is to focus on creating a good experience for your artists. I think that artists who feel informed are more likely to volunteer their time, more likely to feel connected to their artist cohort, more likely to invite friends and family to see the show, and more likely to recommend WRAP to other nonprofessional artists in the future. I used both Facebook and MailChimp, a free online newsletter tool, to stay in contact with artists and tried to personally interact with every artist who entered work into the exhibit. I continue to stay in contact with artists about the upcoming State show too!
I highly recommend putting artist information into a spreadsheet format (and learning to use the online sign-up software) to keep track of artwork, to make labels, or to collect and organize artist contact information. Liese, Alli, and others have been super helpful whenever I have had any questions about the best ways to keep track of artworks and artists (I am not a naturally super-organized person, and they helped me feel very confident about my work).
Last of all, I recommend taking full advantage of the greater WRAP network. The online Wisconsin artist community on Facebook has been a great way for me to stay informed and to get more notoriety for my organization.
I’d love to answer questions! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can tell you more about my WRAP experience! Follow River Falls Public Library Gallery on Facebook to find photos of our 2017 WRAP Exhibition and to find out what’s next for the River Falls Public Library!
The Importance of WRAP from My Perspective
I first discovered WRAP through volunteering at the Rountree Gallery while living in Platteville, WI. I had just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from UW-Platteville, and despite Platteville’s small size with a population of about 11,000, I was determined to become involved with the community art scene. WRAP proved to be the perfect venue. It allowed me the opportunity to have my work shown in a gallery, to talk about art with local people, and to get critical feedback to help improve my artistic practice. One of my art professors said once, “It’s impossible to make art in a vacuum.” I thoroughly believe that participating in WRAP and the community it fosters can help fill a vacuous space in artists’ lives.
As luck would have it, the WRAP program happened to be hiring a student assistant around the time I was moving to Madison to begin graduate school in the UW-Madison Art History department. I could not be more proud to be part of such a unique program, and in addition to working with WRAP, I continue to enjoy entering regional WRAPs.
This spring I participated in the Madison WRAP by entering one of my oil paintings, which are typically figurative in subject. Studio practice is not a part of Art History’s graduate program curriculum requirements, so during my busy fall semester I created very little artwork. However, over winter break it was refreshing to get back into studio-mode temporarily. I find that I am more productive when my work is created with a deadline in mind (such as the entry due date for local WRAPs), which is an indirect benefit of participating in a WRAP.
Local WRAPs are an experience that I recommend to all artistic people, including students, young people, and anyone looking to experiment with art making for the first time. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, with everyone excitedly discussing their creations and where their practice will next take them. The juror gives each work a thorough and fair critique, and even after the many years I have been painting, I still leave the workshop with fresh insights regarding technique and composition. Whether you are a veteran artist or are ready to delve into a new interest, WRAP will surely have numerous benefits to offer.
Comments and Response
I am sorry to bother you with this, but I am really feeling out in the ethers about WRAP and where and how to get my piece that qualified for the exhibit to wherever it needs to go. Is it just me or is it difficult to find this info from WRAP?
The best place to always find the most up to date info on WRAP is our website. go.wisc.edu/WRAP.
Specifics on the 2017 State Day Conference and the Annual Exhibition (made up of State Award winners) is here under Conference tab on left of WEB page. All info is here. But we are also following with four other methods of communications.
We are more than seven weeks away from the first deadline. Email info will go out this week. Mailed info will go out at 5 weeks before art entry deadline and eleven weeks before Wausau attendance deadline. A blog newsletter will also contain info and will come out mid June. Plus there will be an eBlast from Division of continuing Studies due out also by mid June.
Why do we wait to send out this info? Because there are still five Regional Exhibitions that finish in June so we want to be sure to include all of these people!
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