2023 WI Craft Member Biennial Exhibition: Regeneration

The Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) is one of the leading cultural institutions in Central Wisconsin, with four professional gallery spaces featuring eighteen exhibits annually, a reputable school of art and a juried gallery shop. The CVA was founded and incorporated in l982 by a group of community members and artists who wanted to promote creativity and enhance the education and appreciation of the visual arts in Wausau.  

WI Craft is excited to have this opportunity for our members to show their work to a wider audience in the Central and Northern regions of WI.  

The theme of “Regeneration” was chosen to highlight the regeneration of the oldest arts organization in the state as WI Craft. Additionally, the changes in our members’ personal and professional lives over the last several years have led to renewed sense of purpose and/or new directions in many of their individual art practices. Artists are encouraged to submit artwork that reflects ways in which they have regenerated their work or practices since our last Biennial in 2020.

Awards:  First, Second and Third Place cash awards will be announced at the opening, along with Honorable Mention awards chosen at the judge’s discretion.

Exhibition Schedule:

Exhibition Open: March 24 - May 27, 2023
Opening Celebration: March 31, 5-7pm

Friday, March 31th, 2023, Virtual & In-Person Opportunities

*In-Person Opportunities Located @ Center of Visual Arts, Wausau, WI*

Social Media Workshop: Session 2a

12:00 - 1:45pm

Making Reels ($15 Members/ $25  Non-Members)

In-Person ONLY

*Registration Required*

Social Media Workshop: Session 2b

2:00 - 3:30pm

Panel Discussion ($15 Members/ $25  Non-Members)

Virtual & In-Person

*Registration Required*

Member Registration  Non-Member Registration

Annual Membership Meeting

4:00 - 5:00pm

Open to WI Craft Members & Guests

In-Person ONLY - FREE

*Registration Encouraged

WI Craft Annual Meeting Registration

Opening Celebration


Open to Public

In-Person ONLY

*Registration NOT Required*


Cynthia Hayes 

Cynthia Hayes, who served as the Awards Judge for the 2018 Biennial at the Plymouth Arts Center, earned a BFA from UW-Milwaukee and MFA from Michigan State University.  She has been a faculty member at the UWM Peck School of the Arts since 1988, teaching courses in drawing and figure drawing, as well as 2D, color theory and painting.  Cynthia has also studied the art and architecture of India through Oxford University and has traveled extensively in India, Bhutan and Thailand in recent years, creating a series of work based on her travels and studies. Cynthia's Facebook Page


Shana McCaw

Shana McCaw, the Awards Judge for the 2020 Biennial at the Plymouth Arts Center, is an artist-curator with over twenty years experience researching, teaching and working in the Milwaukee area.  In addition to her experience as the former Senior Curator at the Charles Allis and Villa Terrace Art Museums, Shana’s past projects include curating and directing the Northwestern Mutual Gallery at Cardinal Stritch University, assisting in the design and installation of five exhibitions in partnership with the Chipstone Foundation at the Milwaukee Art Museum and teaching 3-D design and sculpture a UW-Milwaukee, MIAD and Cardinal Stritch University. Shana has developed an internationally recognized art practice with her husband and collaborator, Brent Budsberg, McCaw/Budsberg Collabortions


Elaina Johann

Elaina Johann received a Master of Arts Management (2020) from Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a Bachelor of Fine Art (2015) in Painting from Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in Milwaukee, WI. From 2015 to 2018, Elaina was one of eight members of After School Special, an artist collective that fostered community engagement through nontraditional art events and provided opportunities for under recognized, socially engaged young artists. Elaina resides in Wausau, WI where she works at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and makes artwork from her home studio. 

2020 Biennial Artist Exhibitors:

 June Ambro, Ceramics - Porcelain

Philip Ankney, Wood

Jen Arpin, Mixed Media

Jay Arpin, Printmaking - Linocut

Phyllis Bankier, Photography

Stephanie Bartz, Photography

Michael Burmesch, Photography – Digital Art

Prudence Canfield, Mixed Media

Lyn Chevrier, Jewelry

Ann Cook, Mixed Media

Rachelle Craig, Fiber – Quilting

Maday Delgado, Fiber – Quilting

Kathy DeVries, Fiber – Quilting

Carmen Duran, Painting - Acrylic

Dale Eggert, Glass – Etched & Painted

Kathleen Eggert, Glass - Enamel

Heather Eiden, Ceramics - Mosaic

Abigail Engstrand, Fiber - Felting

Kaitlin Esche-Lyon, Fiber - Quilting

Diane Evans, Ceramics

Janet Falk – Fiber – Botanical Printing

Maria Gehrke, Painting - Watercolor

Kelli Greentree, Painting - Oil

Jan Grimes, Fiber - Weaving

Daniel Grunst,  Wood – Mixed Media

Ellen Gvora, Fiber - Wearable

Gail Hefti, Jewelry

Sarah Hunt-Frank, Ceramics - Stoneware

Jan Jahnke, Mixed Media - Printing

Joan Kennedy, Fiber - Felting

Paul Klein, Mixed Media - Sculpture 

Pat Kroth, Fiber - Quilting

Val Kupczak, Mixed Media - Sculpture

Guntis Lauzums, Photography

Patrick Lichty, Digital Art

Andrew Linderman, Ceramics - Stoneware

Kate Marotz, Ceramics - Stoneware

Roxane Mayeur, Encaustic – Mixed Media

Cayla Mrnik, Painting  - Watercolor, Ink

Rebekah Nicholas, Ceramics - Porcelain

Cathryn Peters, Fiber - Basketry

Jef Raasch, Ceramics

Jan Raven, Jewelry

Susan Richter-O'Connell, Jewelry

Laura Schley, Fiber - Mixed Media

Nick Schroeder, Ceramics

Brenda Schweder, Mixed Media

Ariel Scott, Fiber - Weaving

Ron Sekulski, Wood

Thomas Skupniewitz, Metal - Sculpture

Neil Stickel, Photography

Joseph Thrasher, Wood - Furniture

Michele Vento, Ceramics

Amy Weh, Mixed Media - Mosaic

Sarah Weh, Fiber - Serigraphy

Jean Wells, Ceramics

John Whitney, Metals

Ann Wydeven, Ceramics, Mosaic

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