ASSOCIATION of Wisconsin Artists 

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Help keep the AWA and the Wisconsin Regional Art Program thriving!  

Contact WRAP Email:
Rebecca Herb, WRAP Liaison: Phone: (608) 467-8594

"WRAP art shows have changed my life in a big way for which I will be forever grateful. It has been just one year since I have gotten involved and I am a happier/healthier/stronger person/artist because of it. I've met many wonderful new artist friends and am having a great time. Suddenly I am understood, what a relief, since I've surrounded myself with sensitive creative artists."


WRAP/AWA State Exhibit & Conference 


Registration ends on September 15th.

Each August and September, State Award winning artwork from WRAP exhibits around the state are displayed at the WRAP State Art Exhibit. Also included in the Exhibit are the winners from the Statewide Teen Art Mentor Program (STAMP) and over 300 Tiny Treasures.  

In late September at the conclusion of the exhibit is the annual State Conference. 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.  In 2021 the State Conference is scheduled for September 24-25 at the Pyle Center in Madison.  

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 cash bar are typically available. Relax and enjoy soft music and view the artwork.  During the evening, awards for young artists in the STAMP Exhibit and the Tiny Treasures winners are presented.  A typical schedule for Evening with the Arts:

6:00 pm EWA Reception begins
7:15 pm Tiny Treasures Awards
8:00 pm STAMP Awards
:00 pm EWA ends

State Day

State Day activities include a presentation by the judge of the show.  This year, AWA is providing a free box lunch to all who attend the Speaker's Presentation.  Following the lunch is the 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. 

A typical schedule for State Day events:

10:00 am Speaker's Presentation
11:45 am Lunch
1:30 pm Awards Ceremony
3:00 pm Conference ends and artists pick up art work 

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

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 2021 AWA award descriptions. 

To register and pay by mail for the State Conference click here for a paper registration form. If you would like to register and pay online, click below on 2021 Annual State Conference

What can you expect from the State Conference Weekend?

  • All events are at the Pyle Center on UW Madison’s Campus 702 Langdon Street, Madison, WI

    Evening with the Arts - Friday, September 24, 2021

    ·      Evening with the Arts starts at 6 pm

    ·      Register at the Welcome Center just inside the entrance

    ·      Pick up program schedule and nametag – Cost $10

    ·      Enjoy hot and cold appetizers accompanied by a cash bar

    ·      View the visual arts exhibits

    ·      View and buy Tiny Treasures and frames

    ·      Attend awards ceremony 7:15 pm   

  •       Tiny Treasures
           Awards STAMP Awards

  • ·      Teens pick up their artwork - the Pyle Center has no storage space.

    ·      Building closes at 9 pm

  • Educational Conference and Award Ceremony - Saturday, September 25,2021 

    ·      Pyle Center opens at 9 am

    ·      Register at Welcome Center just inside the entrance

    ·      Pick up program literature, nametag, and complimentary gift

    ·      View the visual arts exhibits

    ·      View and buy Tiny Treasures and frames

    ·      Speaker session starts at 10 am - comfortable seating and quality audio/visual. The cost is $20 which includes complimentary boxed lunch. Choices include Ham & Swiss on Marble Rye, Chicken & White Cheddar on Cranberry Wild Rice Bread, Butternut Squash Wrap on Spinach Tortilla (vegan), Southwestern Chicken Salad, and Southwestern Salad. 

    ·      Speakers are UW Madison Professor Derrick Buisch and Exhibit Juror Roberta Condon.

    ·      Lunch at noon

    ·      Exhibit artists can check out artwork during lunch break or after the award ceremony

    ·      Pick up purchased Tiny Treasures and frames at 1 pm

    ·      AWA Awards Ceremony starts 1:30 pm - comfortable seating and quality audio/visual

    ·      Conference ends: 3:30 pm

    ·      Take your artwork home - the Pyle Center has no storage space.

    ·      Building will close at 4 pm

We encourage registration and payments at To register and pay by mail,

complete the paper form. Conference registrations must be received by September 15. We hope to see you there!


  • 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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