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AWA MEMBERS EXHIBIT, October, 2021 >>


The State Exhibit and Conference will be live at the Pyle Center at UW Madison on September 24 and 25, 2021.  

We are so excited to be able to meet once again.  We will follow any COVID restrictions set by UW, but we are confident that we will once again be able to share time together talking art and friendship.

Speakers announced for the State Conference

Speaker Professor Derrick Buisch

Derrick Buisch is scheduled to kick off the morning session at 10 am. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A painting professor in Madison since 1997, Buisch has exhibited in many national and regional museum exhibitions including the Tory Folliard Gallery, James Watrous Gallery, Wisconsin Triennials, and University Gallery of the Center for Art & Theatre at Southern Georgia University. Buisch’s new site-specific paintings were included in a recent 2016 Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and a Faculty Exhibition at the Chazen Museum of Art, in Madison, WI. Buisch is a recipient of a 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. We are grateful that Buisch secured use of the Pyle Center on UW Madison’s campus for our exhibit and Conference. He fully supports the “Wisconsin Idea” and the Association of Wisconsin Artists’ management of Wisconsin Regional Art Program, WRAP.

Juror and Speaker Roberta Condon

Artist and gallerist, living in Portage, will serve as juror and as one of two conference speakers. She works in pastel and basketry and has won numerous awards and has gained national and international attention, with articles in “The Pastel Journal”, and “L’Art Practique”, a French art publication.

Her current show “Long Time Passing” with Lorraine OrtnerBlake is touring the Midwest in a variety of venues including the Dubuque Museum of Art, The Fine Line Gallery, St. Charles, IL, and Rahr West Museum in Manitowoc. Condon is currently working on a new series. Roberta’s work is represented in permanent collections.

Condon has taught at John Michael Kohler Institute, River Arts on Water, and the Wisconsin Quilt Museum. She has an intimate understanding of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional arts.


AWA members have the opportunity to show 2 pieces of wall hung art in this exhibit at the UW Hospital in Madison during the month of October, 2021.

This is not a WRAP exhibit and is only open to current AWA members. It is is an excellent opportunity to exhibit and sell artwork since it will hang in the main hospital entrance hallway and surgical waiting room.


Registration is on-line only from the AWA website and is free of charge. The entry deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.

To register go to, and click on the black REGISTER button on the left. Then enter the email address associated with your membership.

You can enter up to 2 pieces.

The hospital art exhibit program is intended to contribute to the healing environment for patients, visitors, and staff. Please be sensitive to this when selecting imagery.


Artwork drop-off will be Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30 am.

Artwork pick-up will be Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, 9:00 - 10:30 am.

Both drop off and pick up are at the Children’s Hospital Entrance, 1675 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53792, NOT AT THE MAIN HOSPITAL ENTRANCE.

All artwork must have a horizontal hanging wire across the back, solidly fastened so that it will not pull out. No sawtooth brackets. Securely fasten a label to the back of your artwork with your name, contact information, and artwork title.


There will be no juror or workshop. Artwork must be original, but it is not restricted to be less than 2 years old. In addition, you may exhibit giclee prints if they are identified as such. For example, in media you could specify giclee print of watercolor.


The University Hospital Gift shop or art program staff will handle sales during the exhibit. A donation of 20% to the UW Health Art Fund is suggested on sales. Art may be purchased and taken from the exhibit at any time. Exhibits will be rearranged when art is purchased, and artists will be notified if more art is needed.


Your artwork is protected by commercial insurance purchased by UW Hospitals for the actual cash value of the loss. Your sales price (or value given for NFS art) is the maximum amount that would be paid out for a total loss. For nonprofessional artists the value would have to be negotiated between the Hospital Art Coordinator and the artist using such information as previous sales, previous awards, and cost of materials.


Watch your email and this website for information on how to register….Coming soon Children and teens are invited to attend a free outdoor watercolor workshop underwritten by the Irvin L. Young Library and AWA.  Learn about the color wheel and create a beautiful work of art to bring home.  Participants will receive a frame and AWA ribbon for their artwork.

Please register at

It will be great fun!!!!

Double Your Donation Effort Successful!

A big THANK YOU to all who donated to help support WRAP before the end of the year.  We exceeded our goal of $5,000 and WRAP Coordinator Terrence Doeler and his wife Jackie matched the first $5,000!    Don't stop now!   Click here to make your donation and help AWA continue the Wisconsin Regional Art Program.

Lois Ireland Tribute

On December 30, 2020 the Wisconsin art community lost one of our giants.  Lois Ireland 92, passed away due to COVID-19.  Ms. Ireland was a noted Regionalist artist and was known for her Wisconsin landscape paintings.  At the age of 14 she caught the attention of John Steuart Curry and she was introduced at that time to the newly formed Wisconsin Regional Art Program.  It is said that she created her most important regionalist work in the first decade of her practice while at UW Madison and Art Students League in New York.  RIP. 

WRAP has a new home!

The bad news:   As of November 1, 2020, the WRAP program is no longer a part of is the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies.  We will miss the inspired leadership that UW WRAP director Angela Johnson has provided.

The good news:   The Association of Wisconsin Artists is ready to take on the challenge of administering the WRAP program, and has updated our website to provide all the information you need to learn about and participate in the WRAP program.     Just click on the WRAP tab on the AWA homepage to start exploring.   You may even find yourself or your friends in some of the many photographs that illustrate our pages.   

About WRAP  gives a brief introduction to the WRAP program and background about its 80 year history.

Exhibits and Workshops has details about how to enter a WRAP,  a list of scheduled local WRAP workshops, and links to on-line WRAP exhibits and lists of award winners.

State Exhibit/Conference has general information about the Annual State Exhibition and Conference.   When it becomes available, it will be updated with information about the next WRAP State Day Conference which will be at the Pyle Center in Madison on September 24-25, 2021.

WRAP Coordinators has information and resources for WRAP local coordinators. 

The WRAP program of exhibitions and workshops can’t exist without the hours of volunteer work by local WRAP coordinators and sponsoring arts organizations.    COVID-19 has forced many changes in our lives, but fortunately, the local coordinators have been able to come up with creative solutions, and are committed to keeping the WRAP program strong.    Many of the scheduled spring WRAPs will be on-line because in person workshops will probably still not be safe.    Others are scheduled in their normal venues, but may need to be moved to a virtual format depending on public health guidelines at the time.    In these uncertain times it is very important that you watch for updates to the WRAP listings. 

The WRAP program also can’t exist without you, the participants.   We hope you will consider entering at least one of our regional WRAPs in 2021, perhaps even trying an on-line WRAP for the first time.


  • Contour Notes and E-news
  • Website:
  • Timely Treasures, an event calendar (with dates noted)
  • A color catalog featuring award winning adult and teen art

Programs, events and recognition:

  • Regional WRAP management
  • Annual State Exhibit and Conference Weekend
  • Tiny Treasures Exhibit and Sale
  • STAMP (Statewide Teen Art Mentor Program for teens)
  • Bridging Generations (for ages 5 through 12)
  • Member Exhibit 
  • Awards from generous donors

Funding sources:

  • Tiny Treasures is an annual fund-raiser
  • Membership dues and Wisconsin Arts Board grants
  • Three endowments support AWA and WRAP
  • Individual and business contributions


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