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  • 09 Jan 2023 10:22 PM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    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 

    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.  

    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

    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:

    Please direct any questions you might have regarding the Prospectus to:

    Kathleen Eggert, Artist Coordinator, at

    The WI Craft Biennial Committee

  • 10 Oct 2022 2:09 PM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    "REGENERATION" - WI CRAFT Biennial 2023

    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.

    Learn More

  • 27 Sep 2022 11:19 AM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    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!

    Watch Now

  • 19 Sep 2022 9:14 AM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    Wisconsin Craft presents
    MKE Fine Craft Studio 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

  • 19 Sep 2022 9:11 AM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    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)

  • 30 Jul 2022 10:21 AM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    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.

    View Article

  • 17 Jun 2022 2:31 PM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    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

    Bronze sponsor:

    Renewal by Andersen

  • 09 Mar 2022 11:12 AM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    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.

    Apply Now

  • 24 Jan 2022 12:13 PM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    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

    Register Now


    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 

    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.

  • 15 Dec 2021 8:31 PM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    Members! Apply now for the:

    47th Annual Morning Glory Art Fair on August 13 & 14, 2022


    Join us in Milwaukee's Deer District outside of Fiserv Forum on Aug. 13-14, 2022 for the Morning Glory Art Fair.

    Morning Glory Art Fair returns for its 47th year. Named one of the top art fairs in the Midwest, Milwaukee’s fine juried art and craft show and sale brings together outstanding artists from around the country. This will be the third year on the Plaza in front of Fiserv Forum and also adjacent to the Forum on Juneau Avenue - the heart of Milwaukee’s Deer District.

    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. 

    An artist-friendly show featuring 135 artists, extensive marketing, booth sitters and many more amenities, the Morning Glory Art Fair is presented by Wisconsin Craft, an organization that develops and promotes Craft and the Maker to enhance the cultural life of Wisconsin communities and beyond.

    • March 8, 2022 - Application Deadline 

    • March 25, 2022 - Notification Date

    • April 22, 2022 - Booth Purchase Deadline

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