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WRAA would like to congratulate the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) as it celebrates its 75th anniversary supporting cultural and artistic growth for Wisconsin non-professional artists.


Since 1954 WRAPs ongoing non-profit partner organization in this work has been Wisconsin Regional Artist Association (WRAA) whose charter mission was to support WRAP.  In 2014 we celebrated WRAA’s 60th anniversary of continuous service to Wisconsin’s non-professional visual artists by holding the State exhibition at the Center for Visual Art in Wausau.  The CVA will continue to support the 2015 exhibition by helping WRAA coordinate artists in Northern Wisconsin to bring their art to Madison for this year’s State exhibition.
 

In 2015 the Wisconsin Regional Art Program, its non-profit partner WRAA, the 22+ local arts organizations and venues across the state, and our local volunteer exhibit/workshop coordinators, all work together to continue to advance the Wisconsin Idea through the visual arts, working to support adult learners and provide opportunities to share and expand their creative work whether they are emerging young artists or late in life learners.

Last year over 400 individual Wisconsin non-professional artists participated in WRAP.  A third of the artist/participants receive award recognitions that entitle them to participate in the annual WRAP State Exhibit (August through September), closing with a WRAP Conference, luncheon and awards ceremony.  In 2015 these events will take place at the Pyle Center in Madison, including WRAA's Evening with the Arts reception on Friday September 25th and ending with the conference on September 26th. Thanks to WRAA support, exhibiting member artists are eligible for over $4000 in awards that will be selected by professional artist/juror.

Join us in celebrating 75 years of WRAP’s efforts at encouraging creative growth for Wisconsin artists.

Study in Color-Poppy 1
Study In Color-Poppy 1, Judi Smith – Fitchburg WI
WRAA is the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association, a non-profit organization, started in 1954 with just 36 members. WRAA’s mission then and now is to support Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) through the UW-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies. Today with over 500 members, WRAA members continue to participate in and promote WRAP exhibits and the annual WRAP State Exhibit and Conference. WRAA publications include Contour Notes, WRAP State Exhibit color catalog, WRAP Timely Treasures calendar, brochures and www.wraawrap.com. In addition, WRAA also kicks off the WRAP State Exhibit and Conference weekend by hosting Evening with the Arts artists’ reception which showcases WRAP State Award art, WRAA sponsored Statewide Teen Art Mentor Program and WRAA Tiny Treasures Exhibit, Competition and Sale.  WRAA also solicits and distributes over $4500 in awards given out at the annual award ceremony which follows the annual WRAP State Exhibit Conference.

WRAP is the Wisconsin Regional Art Program. WRAP exhibits/workshops began in 1940 to encourage the creative growth of Wisconsin non-professional artists from rural areas. WRAP is developed and administered by the  UW-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies and has since expanded to include urban areas. WRAP exhibit/workshops are held throughout the year in over twenty locations all around the state. Regional exhibits include a workshop day for participating artists and the public in which a guest artist gives a lecture or demonstration followed by an educational critique of the exhibited artwork lead by the exhibit judge. Participants may exhibit up to three pieces of art in any WRAP exhibit/workshop. State Award works are eligible to exhibit at the Annual State Art Exhibition and Conference held in September each year in Madison.