Online Entry and Payment Due: Monday, January 22, 2018
Make check payable to: River Falls Community Arts Base
Artwork Due: Monday, January 22, 2018, 10:00am-6:00pm OR by appointment
Public Reception: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Exhibition: Sunday, January 28, 2018 -- Sunday, February 25, 2018
Workshop: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: River Falls Public Library Gallery, 140 Union St., River Falls, WI 54022
Cole Zrostlik, Gallery and Event Coordinator
River Falls Public Library
140 Union St.
River Falls, WI 54022
Online Entry and Payment Due: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Make check payable to: Vina Yang
Artwork due: Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm (Limit 2 works per artist, deliver to Room 111 of the Pyle Center)
Workshop: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
3423 Ice Age Lane
Verona, WI 53593
Online Entry and Payment Due: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Make check payable to: NSAA The Arts Mill
Artwork Due: Saturday, February 24, 2018, 11:00am-5:00pm
Public Reception: Friday March 2, 2018, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Workshop: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:00am-2:00pm
Location: The Arts Mill, 1300 14th Ave, Grafton, WI 53024
1300 14th Ave
Grafton, WI 53024
Do you know someone who might be interested in participating in a WRAP during this upcoming 2017-2018 cycle? Invite a friend!
FROM THE DIRECTOR
PERMANENT COLLECTION FEATURE:
MEET OUR NEW TEAM MEMBER
Nina has worked as an intern for two art museums and a history museum. She has also interned at an auction house in Chicago. This is her first time working for an interactive art program, and she is very excited to be with us! On Tuesdays and Thursdays she works closely with Liese and Alli, assisting with public outreach, administrative tasks, communications with Regional Coordinators, social media updates and WRAP promotion, and care of the permanent collection. Her main professional goal in working with WRAP is to increase student participation in the amazing arts programs we organize!
REGIONAL COORDINATOR SPOTLIGHT
Tom Cabezas and the Platteville WRAP
UW-MADISON AG HALL EXHIBITION
Featuring Artworks from WRAP's 2017 State Conference
We are very excited to announce that for the ninth consecutive year, UW-Madison’s Ag Hall is hosting a selection of art from the Wisconsin Regional Art Program in their spacious foyer!
"Bryggen, Norway" by John Bittner
A big thank you to Rebecca Bock over at Agricultural Hall for keeping this show a WRAP tradition.
New! Call for Artists
We at WRAP hope to serve as a resource that helps Wisconsin artists thrive. In this section are opportunities for you to show your work beyond our WRAP Exhibitions.
Do you know of any other call for artists? Let us know in the comments below (or email firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can spread the word. Information on art exhibitions and events is also welcome. Thank you for helping us encourage artists to grow and show their work!
Do you know of more calls for art, arts events, and/or exhibitions? Let us know in the comments below, or email email@example.com.
EWA & State Day Photos
A big thank you to everyone involved in making this year's Evening With the Arts, State Day Conference, and Exhibition happen! We so appreciate the long hours and hard work you put into this celebration of Wisconsin artists. We've included a few photos of the events below.
2018 Annual Art Exhibition and State Day Conference
State Day Conference: Sep 21-22, 2018
2018 Annual Art Exhibition: Aug 17-Sep 22, 2018
Art Drop Off at Pyle Center: TBD, approximately Aug 3-4
All Details Posted on the WRAP Website by Jun 5, 2018
Check go.wisc.edu/WRAPconference for up-to-date information
November 12th, 11:00am - 3:00pm, at the Center for the Visual Arts, 427 N. 4th St., Wausau, WI 54403, join Guest Juror Dawn Marie Olson and participate in a workshop with other non-professional artists!
In Dawn's own words, "Born in the East Coast, but spending most of my life in Central Wisconsin, I have the heart of a real country gal. Educated at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Madison and Northern Michigan University with a B.S. in Art and MEPD with an Art Emphasis, I still claim to get most of my education on the road. Researching my art (and heart) has taken me around the U.S., Europe, and South America. Where society loosens its bounds, I set my own. Yet it took my move to the simplicity of the South West several years ago to start congealing the precious fragments of my journey."
Take a look at her website for more info! http://dawnolsonart.com/
Be sure to submit entries by Monday, October 9th!
Online Entry and Payment Due: Monday, Oct 9, 2017
Artwork Due: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12:00pm-5:00pm or by appointment Wednesday evening
Make check payable to: UW-Barron
Public Reception Date/Time: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 4:30-6:00pm
Workshop Date/Time: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Joel Salter Art Gallery
University of Wisconsin-Barron
1800 College Drive
Rice Lake, WI 54868
Coordinator: Suzanne Truman, Assistant Professor of Art
(715) 234-8176 (ex. 5408)
PLUS a sneak peek at Barron's Juror, Ralph Wiegmann!
Connecting community to campus for lifelong learning
The Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) has been helping aspiring Wisconsin artists develop their abilities for more than 75 years. WRAP artists put the Wisconsin idea into action, sharing work that represents cultures and communities from around the state. These lifelong learners also show the diversity of values, beliefs, identities, and personal experiences that exist here, asking important questions about what it means to be a Wisconsinite.
In this issue...
What’s on deck?
Broadening our reach:
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
Step 1 - State award winners only
Artist Registration (exhibition only): Complete the online entry form and the ID label for your artwork
Applying online is fast, easy and secure. As you complete this application, please use the tips below. If you are unable to complete the online entry form, click HERE to download the pdf version.
Preparing your art for the show:
Conference Registration - All are welcome!
Don't Forget - Tiny Treasures Deadline is July 12!
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.
Click here to visit the WRAA website for more details on Tiny Treasures and the Evening With the Arts Gala.
Take a look at some of this year's Tiny Treasures below:
Fill Your Summer with Art!
Here are a few guides for Summer arts events, along with several Museums and Galleries throughout Wisconsin. Click on the names to find out more about each location. Enjoy!
Something missing? Let us know and we’ll consider it for the next guide. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On My First Experience as a WRAP Coordinator
By Cole Zrostlik, Event & Gallery Coordinator at the River Falls Public Library
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 email@example.com 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
By Laura Grotjan, UW-Madison MA in Art History candidate and WRAP Student Assistant
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!
Have any comments of your own? Let us know by posting below, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Reminders that the entry deadline for the Eagle River WRAP is approaching, and that the Monroe workshop is coming up!
The final day to enter the Eagle River WRAP is June 5th, and you can enter 3 pieces in the show! Here is more important info about the show:
Online Entry and Payment Due: Monday, June 5, 2017 (3 pieces allowed)
Make check payable to sponsor:
Headwaters Art League
Artwork due: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10 am
Public Reception: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10 - 10:30 am
Workshop Date/Time: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10:30 am - 2 pm
Location: Lando Center
4258 County Rd. B
Land O Lakes, WI 54540
Coordinator: Sandie Pauly
PO Box 238
Land O' Lakes, WI 54540
Also, don't miss the Monroe workshop! It will be held on June 10th from 9:30am - noon at the Monroe Arts Center, PO Box 472, 1315 11th Street, Monroe, WI 53566. Jonathon Wilde will host the workshop, and you can view his beautiful work here on his website:
A reminder that there are only 2 weeks left to enter the Wautoma WRAP, so it's time to start making decisions and putting the finishing touches on your potential pieces! Here is the essential info about the event, and an inspirational piece from last year's Wautoma show:
Online Entry Due: Monday, May 22, 2017
Make check payable to sponsor: Rural Rembrandt Art Club
Artwork Due: Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 8am-9am
Public Reception Date/Time: N/A
Workshop Date/Time: Saturday, June 3, 2017 – 10am-3:30pm
Location: Waushara-Wautoma Senior Citizens Center
W8220 Cottonville Ave.
Coordinator: Rachel Pavlic
Mail Registrations to: Stephanie Walter
2898 Oakwood Lane
Oshkosh, WI 54904
Kathy Teichmiller, Untitled, Oshkosh, WI, watercolor and ink
Thinking ahead to the Rhinelander WRAP, and another reminder about this year's new WRAP in Cambridge!
Once again, entries are due April 29th for the Cambridge WRAP. This one-day WRAP will be held at the Keystone Grill and is sure to be a good time! See details in the previous blog post or at go.wisc.edu/WRAP
Also, entries will be due in about a month for Hodag country! Here are the details for the Rhinelander WRAP:
Online Entry and Payment Due: Friday, May 12, 2017
Make checks payable to sponsor: Nicolet College
Artwork Due: Monday, May 22, 2017, 12 noon - 4pm
(Limit 3 works per artist)
Public Reception Date/Time: N/A
Workshop Date/Time: Saturday, June 24, 2017 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Location: Nicolet College Art Gallery
Nicolet College via Highway G
5364 College Dr.
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Coordinator: Katy Ralph, Director
Nicolet Art Gallery
PO Box 518
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Helen Hayhurst, Well Grounded, Watersmeet, MI
Art, Artists , and Art Events in Wisconsin!
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