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ASSOCIATION of Wisconsin Artists 

1954-2024  Celebrating 70 Years!

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About AWA

The Association of Wisconsin Artists (AWA), formerly named WRAA, is a non-profit membership organization begun in 1954. Our mission is to inspire, educate and promote artists and their communities.  We do so by promoting art programs, workshops, and providing recognition for our members.

AWA has always supported the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP), which encourages the creative growth of non-professional artists. In 2020, AWA took on management of WRAP entirely. WRAP-Kids, WRAP-Teens, Tiny Treasures, and enhanced publications were added after 2004.


Jeanne Ferreira, Verona, WI
Vice President
Sally Probasco, Madison, WI
Danna Gabriel, Antigo, WI
Chris Steinmiller, Sullivan, WI
Terrence Doeler, Monona, WI
Grant Writer 
Christina Chalk, Colfax, WI
Youth Programs Chair
Jeanne Ferreira, Verona, WI


Awards Chair

Jill Stevens Jensen, Cambridge

WRAP-Kids Chair

Teresa Vicars, Lake Mills, WI

WRAP Liaison
Becky Herb, Madison, WI
Tamara Tsurkan, Madison, WI

Kathy Murphy, Fitchburg, WI

Event Planner/IT/TT
Bev Larson, Madison, WI

AWA Board of Directors Manual

The Association of Wisconsin Artists is governed by a board of twelve directors elected from and by the membership. These are volunteer positions with the only compensation being mileage and lodging to the spring and fall board meetings. Each board member is active in their duties, whether being an officer or leading one of the many exciting projects that AWA sponsors. Elected terms are for three years each, with four positions elected each year.

Click on the following links to view AWA's Board of Directors Manual:

AWA History 

AWA By-Laws

AWA Articles of Incorporation

Board Structure/Job Descriptions

Publication Fund


  • 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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