Join us on Friday, March 31 from 5 - 7 pm for the Opening Celebration at The Center for Visual Arts in Wausau, WI!
Members, we also invite you to join us at 4:00 PM for our Annual Membership Meeting. Register Here to let us know if you can attend the meeting.
Social media workshops are also taking place from Noon - 3:30. You can still Register to Participate Here.
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.
WI Craft is happy to announce the selection of jurors for the 2023 Biennial Members Exhibition, “Regeneration”, to be held March 24 to May 27, 2023, at the Center for Visual Arts in Wausau, WI. We have also selected our Awards Judge.
2023 Exhibition Jurors:
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, 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.
As past Awards Judges, both our jurors are familiar with the wide range of diverse work being created by our members and we are looking forward to another outstanding selection of Fine Craft for the upcoming Biennial.
2023 Awards Juror:
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.
The artist application deadline is January 31, 2023. You can view and download the complete prospectus at: https://wisconsincraft.org/2023-Biennial-Prospectus
Please direct any questions you might have regarding the Prospectus to:
Kathleen Eggert, Artist Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The WI Craft Biennial Committee
March, 24 - May 27, 2023 - The Center for Visual Arts, Wausau, WI
Application Deadline January 31,2023
Application Fee: $30 for up to three entries
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.
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 1982 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.
Thanks WISN 12 NEWS for hosting us on the morning new program on September 25, 2022!
Kate McLauglin from McLaughlin & Hayes Millinery and Jean Wells from Jean's Clay Studio and current President of Wisconsin Craft were interviewed about the MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour next weekend. We hope you can get out and explore some of the artists on the Tour!
Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
14 Various Locations around Milwaukee County
Grab a friend, the map and your phone to start planning your route for our
4th Annual MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour!
Explore Milwaukee County while visiting 14 artist studios in neighborhoods spanning Brown Deer, Shorewood, Wauwatosa, Historic Concordia, Bay View and South Milwaukee. Studios will also be featuring guests artists for a total of 40 participating artists!
Map and Artist Information
Listen to an extensive Interview with WI Craft President Jean Wells about the organization and the upcoming MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour on October 1 & 2, 2022. (Approximately 20 min)
July, 29, 2022
In Advance of our Morning Glory Art Fair on August 13 & 14, 2022. Milwaukee's Shepherd Express published a nice article about our organization and mission.
Wisconsin Craft Presents
Aug. 13 & 14th, 2022 | 10 AM - 5 PM
Downtown Milwaukee's Deer District
Named one of the top art fairs in the Midwest, Milwaukee’s free and fine juried art and craft show and sale brings together 130+ outstanding artists from around the country. This will be the third year at our new location – the lively Fiserv Forum Deer District, which has been designed for maximum visibility of artists and audience flow. The Morning Glory Art Fair showcases art to wear and art for the home in ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, mixed media, photography, wood and more.
Participating Artists, Info on parking and more can be found on our event website:
Morning Glory Art Fair
Interested in Volunteering? We would love your help!
Volunteer Sign Up
Special thanks to our media Gold sponsor:
WUWM 89.7 NPR
Renewal by Andersen
The MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour is a self-guided tour showcasing Wisconsin Craft members. Last year, fifteen studio locations featured the work of 42 artists.
Applications are now open for all WI Craft Artist members. Applications are due by April 30, 2022. The number of Studio Locations and number of guest artist will depend on how many 'Host' Arts Studio's in MKE County apply for the Tour.
The event takes place on October 1 & 2, 2022.
If your studio is located in Milwaukee County and would like to participate as a "Host Artist” Tour Stop, please fill out the “Host” Section of the Application. If you live outside MKE County, or do not want to open your studio to the public but still be a part of the tour, please fill out the “Guest Artist” application on the Form.
Join us for a virtual panel discussion and Q & A focused on Accounting and Finances for Artists.
Panel discussion will cover topics such as: "questions to ask your tax preparer", "questions for you accountant", retirement planning, sales tax, keeping track of your money, seasonal cash flow, planning for big purchases, etc.
Submit your questions in Advance
Free for WI Craft Members, $10 Non-Members
Steve Szydel: A CPA, who has served as the President for the Managing Partners Association of Northwestern Mutual since 2019, and their Financial Director since 2005. Steve began his career spending 15 years in public accounting, followed by 1 ½ years as the Chief Financial Officer for a $30 million multi-state business. Steve holds a Bachelors of Business Administration as well as a Masters of Science in Taxation, both from UW-M.
Rebecca Ickes: After successfully building a six-figure photography business in Chicago, Rebecca is now taking the last 11 years worth of knowledge and helping other creative entrepreneurs build not only viable but (more importantly) life-giving businesses and lives. Learn more at www.makersplaybook.com
Andrew Linderman: Studio Potter who has been a working artist for 9 years and self-employed for the past 4 years and has a good working knowledge of mainstream Web-building systems and their accompanying POS systems.
Have something of interest to share in the newsletter? Helpful hints, an arts related event members might like to know about? Member recognitions and awards?
Wisconsin Craft publishes periodic newsletters to keep the art community up to date on our members, the organization, current events and other news of general interest.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53223