March 24, - May 27, 2023 - The Center for Visual Arts, Wausau, WI

427 N. 4th Street, Wausau, WI 54403

2023 Biennial Prospectus

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS CLOSED. |  Artist Information listed at bottom of page. 

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*

*A Discounted Block of Rooms is now being Reserved at Bantr Hotel just outside of Wausau, WI. Scroll to the bottom of this page for all the details. Rooms are booking fast for this weekend. Reservations must be made by Feb 28. Then the Block will close.


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. 

Artist Information:

Application Deadline:  January 31, 2023  
 Jury Results Available:  February 15, 2023

Art Work Delivery

Delivery Dates: March 15-17, 2023 (10am-4pm) & March 18, 2023 (Noon-4pm)

Pick-up Dates: May 30 or 31 (10am-4pm)

  • Work for the exhibition can be delivered or shipped for arrival during the Delivery Dates listed above.
  • Shipped work should include a pre-paid return label. Artists may prearrange return shipping of their artwork. (WI Craft will work with accepted artists to collaborate on delivery options if there is interest). 
  • All work must arrive ready for hanging or installation. Gallery uses a track system for 2-D artwork. Artwork should be able to hang from a wire, picture rings or other compatible hanging methods.  Single nail clips or saw tooth hangers are NOT acceptable. Artwork received without appropriate hanging wire or D-rings will not be included in the exhibition. Check with the curator if unsure. 
  • If a covering is required such as glass, the CVA strongly prefers plexiglass.
  • Work left at the CVA 30 days after the exhibit ends or where no return shipping arrangements have been made will become the property of the CVA.

Sales and Commissions:  The artist will receive 50% of the selling price.

Liability:  All works selected for the exhibit will be insured by the CVA against damage and threat while in the care of the gallery. The artist is responsible for insuring work while it is in transit to and from the exhibit. All work must remain in the gallery for the entirety of the show. The CVA cannot insure any artwork for an amount in excess of 60% of its retail value to a maximum of $10,000. Any irregularities must be reported within 30 days of the return of the artwork.

The CVA or WI Craft shall not be liable for failure to appear or display in the event that such failure is caused by or due to the physical disability of the Artist or acts or regulations of public authorities, labor difficulties, civil tumult, strike, epidemic, interruption or delay of transportation service, or any other cause beyond the control of the involved parties.

BANTR Hotels

805 Creske Avenue, Rothschild, WI 54470

Reservations must be made by Feb 28.

Single Night Stay

Friday, March 31st, 2023

$107.10 per room/night vs $119

Group Code: b680867

Only 5 Queen Suites & 5 King Suites reserved.

Two Night Stay

Friday & Saturday, March 31st & April 1st, 2023

$125.10 per room/night vs. $139

Group Code: b663743

Only 2 Queen Fireplace Suites reserved.

How to access your room blocks (10 total):

  • Press the stay & nightly tap on the top right corner
  • Select the dates your group will be staying: March 31st - April 1st
  • Select tab on the right side that states: Have a group code?
  • Your Rooms will come up and then follow the prompt (book now) for payment process.
  • For your separate room block: the 2-night stay use different code (2-total)
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