Wisconsin Regional Art Program: UnWRAPping 80 Years
Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20
Registration coming soon. Find out more here
Congratulations, Karen Ann Hoffman!
We would like to congratulate Karen Ann Hoffman, our 2020 State Day speaker and judge for receiving the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2020 National Heritage Fellowship. This award celebrates our nation’s rich traditional arts heritage. These lifetime honor awards of $25,000 are given in recognition of both artistic excellence and efforts to sustain cultural traditions for future generations. To read more about Karen Ann Hoffman’s achievements, click here!
Looking for art classes this summer?
Color Confidence in Pastels: Jul 11, 2020 Fee: $80
Puppet Making and Performance: Jul 17, 2020 Fee: $80
Papermaking: A Transformative Art Process: Aug 2 - Sep 6, 2020 Fee: $195
Drawn to Nature: Vignettes in Scientific Illustration: Aug 4 - Sep 1, 2020 Fee: $155
Portraits in Soft Pastels: Aug 8, 2020 Fee: $80
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Permanent Collection Feature: Carl Marty
In the summer he began working as a farmhand to understand farmers’ perspectives. With the money he saved, Marty began school at Mayers Business College in Milwaukee. The college graduate saw a depression in spring of 1893 and got a laboring job at a wholesale grocer. His handwriting skills later lead him to a job marking packing boxes. Saving more money lead him to take an excursion, travelling to Rumania, Chicago, and New York. Back in Wisconsin, Marty began working for the Green County Herald, a then German newspaper, where he learned the language. Work at the Herald allowed him to write, edit, and make original zinc plate sketches for the newspaper’s illustrations. Marty later ran for the Register of Deeds on the Democratic ticket, and expectedly lost. Carl Marty was a multiskilled man who had yet to find his niche.
Carl Marty went back to the cheese industry to support his wife and children as a fieldsman, worked his way up, and bought into the business before going back to Monroe in 1923. His busy life in the cheese industry left him little to no time for his artwork. Settling down, he was able to take weekly classes at the Chicago Art Institute. Marty has painted many pieces since then, mostly rural scenes. He was largely inspired by John Steuart Curry and Aurthur Johnson because of their abilities to observe and paint the world around them. Carl Marty has painted many oil paintings of his environment in Monroe, Wisconsin, and we are lucky enough to have his piece, Lunch Time, in our permanent collection.
Interested in becoming a regional coordinator?
Regional Coordinator responsibilities:
• Manage communications between WRAP Central (in Madison) and their Regional WRAP
• Interact with participating artists and help them through the WRAP process
• Find an artist to act as Workshop Facilitator, and find a Juror
• Coordinate the WRAP (choosing entry deadline, art drop-off time and location, exhibition and workshop dates)
• Spread the word locally (word of mouth, emails, distribute posters provided by WRAP Central)
• Report stats back to WRAP Central after your workshop
WRAP Central provides a Coordinator Toolkit online, sends email updates, and checklists 12, 6, and 2 weeks in advance of your workshop, creates and sends posters and award cards, and does email outreach to libraries local to your WRAP. If you are interested in becoming a WRAP Regional Coordinator, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.