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Congratulations to the State Award and Honorable Mention winners from the 2023 Madison-East WRAP. State Award winners will be eligible to exhibit in the WRAP State Exhibition in August-September, 2024, at the Pyle Center in Madison.

State Award Winners

Sherry Ackerman, Tea Party Dress Up
Susan Hunt, Nene
Emma Macari, Lily in Black
Mary Jeanne Martin, Sleepy Badger
Karin McDonald, Summer Daisy Field
Svetlana Neshlyaeva, Self-portrait in Seattle
Sally Probasco, Sarah’s Artichokes
Lorraine Snyder, Turk’s Cap and Swallowtail

State Award Winners - Madison-East WRAP

Photo by Teresa Vicars

Honorable Mention Award Winners

Silvia Cavagnero, Lady Orchid
Jeanne Ferreira, Autumn Harvest Mary Heinze, Christmas Majesty
Rebecca Herb, Time for a Cold One
Shevanthi Hettiarachchi, Sunflower Fields
Jacki Martindale, The.Egg
Donna Miller, Swallowtail Butterfly
Kathleen Sletten, Takin’ a Break

Honorable Mention Winners - Madison-East WRAP

Photo by Teresa Vicars 

Retiring AWA Board Members

Two of our treasured Board members are moving out of state and will be leaving a hole in our hearts. Bobby Walker, longtime Northern WRAP-Teen Coordinator is moving to Minneapolis to be near family.  Elizabeth Sawyer Kelly, Secretary, is off to North Carolina her homestate to enjoy the sun and be closer to her siblings. We will miss both terribly, they have both contributed much to AWA and we wish them the best in this new chapter of their lives.

Kudos from our Conference Judge, Marla Brenner

"This last Saturday I had the honor of being a presenter at the state conference for the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP). This program blows me away with its compelling nod to the arts. There is no other program like it in the country. ...

In my judging of the state exhibit I was encouraged by the authenticity of the work I was looking at, especially the work that came out of state high schools. It’s my hope that teachers, students and adults become more involved in this association. For those wanting to support the organization there are ways that you can contribute to your region or to the state. Cash awards from individuals, estates, corporations, etc. are given to recipients of those placing in individual exhibits. "


Congratulations to the State Award and Honorable Mention winners from the 2023 Janesville WRAP.  This was the first WRAP of the 2023-2034 WRAP Exhibit Year.

State Award Winners

Shannon Casey  -  Sea…or Sky?

Silvia Cavagnero  -  Janus

Richard Desens  - Supernova

Debra Hall   - Self Portrait

Sue Herring  -  Windmills of Zaanse Schans

Karen Maderich  -  Aficionado

Nancy McKinnon  -  Going Fishing

Karen Nell McKean   - Tulip Fairy

Susan Porubcan   - The Practical Cook

Christine Steinmiller   - The Challenge

Pat Tobin  -  Spring Ephemerals

Pam Veitenheimer  -   Moon Walk

Jan Wood  -  Momigami Red-crowned Cranes

Douglas Yu  -  Portrait II

Honorable Mention Award Winners

Kurt Buggs - Little Blue Boy.

Susan Cullen -  Cosmos Fireworks.

Nancy Marie Dries - Driftwood I.

Judy Hatlen - Hummingbird with Purple Columbines.

Don Hoch - Chief Dan George.

Tom Lieder - September Sunnies.

Penny Lundgren - Creatures in the Swamp.

Barbara Mathews - Sunset on the Ford.

Lizzie Menz - Colors of Energy.

Thomas Murn - Cathedral Lightning.

Ann Pedder Reilly - Hummers Delight.

Michael Shea - Lite Speed Rick.

Ann Squire - Baja Sunset.

Kathleen Walton - On Alert


  • 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
  • WRAP-Teen (for ages 13-19)
  • WRAP-Kids (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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