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AWA/WRAP State Exhibit & Conference

AWA/WRAP State Exhibit & Conference 


Every year in August and September, State Award winning artwork from WRAP exhibits around the state are displayed at the AWA/WRAP State Art Exhibit. Also included in the Exhibit are the winners from WRAP-Teen, WRAP-Kids, and over 300 Tiny Treasures.  

The annual AWA State Conference is in late September at the conclusion of the exhibit. Two days of festivities celebrating the art and artists of the annual exhibit include a gala Evening with the Arts and "State Day".   During the Conference, Tiny Treasures are available for sale with proceeds used to fund AWA operations.  This sale is AWA's biggest fundraiser. 

Exhibit year 2023-2024

In 2024 the State Conference is scheduled for September 27-28 at the Pyle Center in Madison. 

Information for Exhibitors

All State Award winners chosen in regional WRAPs during the 2023-2024 exhibit year (July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024) are invited to exhibit in the AWA/WRAP Annual State Exhibit.  An artist may show only one work, even if multiple State Awards have been received.  The art piece to be exhibited must have won a State Exhibit Award.

State Award winners will receive an invitation to participate along with detailed instructions in mid-June (or as soon as awards are announced for late June WRAPs).  The invitation, instructions, and forms will be sent both by email and USPS (snail mail).

In order to participate in the exhibit, registration must be submitted by July 15.   (This is separate from State Conference registration.)  Participation in the exhibit is free for AWA members and $25 for non-members. You must be a current AWA member to be eligible for monetary awards presented at the State Conference.   You can join AWA and pay the $20 annual membership fee when you register for the exhibit.

Artwork for the State Exhibit can be dropped off at the Pyle Center in Madison or the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau for transport to Madison.  Two-dimensional art must be ready to hang with side-to-side wire.  Sawtooth hangers cannot be accepted.  Fiber works must include hanging devices (poles). Neither AWA, the Pyle Center, nor the Center for the Visual Arts is liable for transported artwork.

Important Dates

July 15    Exhibit entry form due

TBA.   Artwork drop-off at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau for transport to Madison

TBA    Artwork drop-off at the Pyle Center in Madison  

TBA   State Conference registration deadline

September 27-28   AWA State Conference in Madison

September 28   Artwork pick-up at the Pyle Center in Madison

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Information for Attendees

Evening with the Arts

The State Conference begins the evening before State Day when AWA hosts a reception celebrating the Exhibit and the artists. Appetizers and a variety of beverages are typically available. Relax and enjoy soft music and view the artwork.  During the evening, awards for the Tiny Treasures and STAMP winners are presented.  

State Day

State Day activities include a morning session with a speaker and a presentation by the judge of the exhibit, and an afternoon awards ceremony.  Awards, presented by AWA, are for meritorious artwork in the WRAP exhibit.  In addition, service awards and the John Steuart Curry medal, our most prestigious award for service to AWA and the arts are presented.  It’s a great honor to receive these awards.

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To register and pay for the State Conference by mail, use the paper form found here:  2023-State-Conference-Form.pdf.

For more information about Evening with the Arts and State Day activities, contact

Information on Awards

State Day awards are made possible by contributions from individuals and organizations throughout the state of Wisconsin and beyond, some of whom have sponsored awards for many years going back as early as the 1960’s. These awards were created to recognize the achievements of participating artists. Many are memorial awards honoring a family member or friend who shared a special love of the arts. Some are given for excellence in a specific medium or craft while others are open to all media. The sponsors have the option to select the recipient themselves (and some do), otherwise the judge of the show selects the award winner. Only current members of AWA are eligible to receive awards.  For more information contact 

Thank you to all of our award sponsors whose generosity provides so much encouragement to WRAP artists and keeps our State Day vibrant and strong.

Click here to view the 2023 AWA award descriptions. 

Donna Miller Crown for a Day 2021

Curry Award winners

L-R Mary Ann Inman, Jean Lang, Jeanne Ferreira, Donna Miller and Sally Probasco 


  • 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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