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Not all details have been finalized for this year’s Annual State Exhibit and Conference but we wanted to share the good news…

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.


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!!!!


Don't forget to send in your Tiny Treasures.  You have time, the deadline is July 10.  Go to the Tiny Treasures tab on this website for your entry form.  This is a fun way to support AWA.  And of course, the Queen of Tiny Treasures, Sherry Ackerman will be presenting awards at the Evening With the Arts on September 24.  Don’t miss your chance…

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)
  • 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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