"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
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.
Information for Exhibitors
All State Exhibit Award winners chosen in regional WRAPs during the 2020-2021 exhibit year (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021) are invited to exhibit in the WRAP/AWA State Exhibit. An artist may show only one work, even if multiple State Exhibit Awards have been received.
State Exhibit Award winners will receive an invitation to participate along with detailed instructions in mid-June. Late June WRAP award winners will receive instructions after awards are announced. The invitation, instructions, and forms will be sent both by email and USPS mail.
In order to participate in the exhibit, entry forms must be submitted by July 15. 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. Registration for the State Conference is separate from registration for the State Exhibit. Click on State AWA/WRAP Exhibit below to register artwork for the Exhibit. (Note that there is a separate registration to attend the State Conference in September which can be found later on this page.)
Artwork for the State Exhibit can be dropped off at the Pyle Center in Madison or at 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 are not acceptable. Fiber works must include hanging devices (poles). All artwork must have the ID label included with Exhibit instructions completely filled out and firmly attached to the artwork. Artwork dropped off in Wausau must be protected and have the Wausau transportation form attached to the outside of the packaging. Neither AWA nor the Center for the Visual Arts is liable for transported artwork.
All artwork must be picked up at the Pyle Center on September 25th, including artwork dropped off in Wausau.
July 15 Exhibit Entry form due
July 31 Artwork drop-off at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau
August 6,7 Artwork drop-off at the Pyle Center in Madison
September 25 Artwork pick-up 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
9:00 pm EWA ends
State Day activities include a presentation by the judge of the show. This year, AWA is providing a free box lunch to all registrants. 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.