The Future of Fine Craft In Our Region!


  • 05 Aug 2021 3:04 PM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    What will you find at the Morning Glory Art Fair this year on August 14 & 15? We hope it will surprise you!

    Come and visit 140 artist from the region showcasing their latest work in Fiber, Ceramics, Wood, Photography, Sculpture, Glass, Printmaking, Jewelry, Painting and more! Discuss how artists create their work and support them by bringing home a handmade piece or two.  Artists will be spread out along the Deer District Plaza at Fiserv Forum and along Juneau Avenue in Downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

    Artist listing and more info can be found on the Morning Glory Website.   

    Based on CDC and Milwaukee Health Department guidelines at the time, the art fair will implement appropriate COVID safety protocols if necessary. 

    Click here for Directions and Parking

  • 05 Jul 2021 9:00 AM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    Libby Collins from WTMJ Radio interviews WI Craft member Maday Delgado for ideas of what to do will all of our used fabric face masks. Time to get creative! And thank you to Maday for doing such a great job!

    View the 6 minute interview on the new WI Craft YouTube Channel:


  • 18 Mar 2021 8:56 AM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    Saturday & Sunday - OCTOBER 2 & 3

    The MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour is a self-guided, open-studio tour showcasing Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council members with studios in Milwaukee  County.  Each studio location will feature the work of the host artists along with several guest artists.

    Attention Artists: If your studio resides in MKE County, please consider applying as a host artist to showcase your work and studio.  If you live outside MKE County, or do not want to host, please apply as a guest artist.

    Important 2021 Dates:

    April 30 - Applications due

    May 15 - Host and Guest Artists matched

    May 20 - 1st $75 payment due (Total participation fee $150)

    Aug 1 - 2nd $75 payment due

    Late Aug - Artist Social (Date tbd, will be held outdoors at Good Hope Island)

    Oct 2&3 - MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour


  • 15 Mar 2021 10:20 AM | Jean Wells (Administrator)


    Join us to view the creative work of 37 WDCC members that expresses how the seismic events of this past year have impacted our artists personally and how it is reflected in their art. 

    Alverno's Arts and Cultures Gallery will be open regular hours for in-person viewing on

    Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the duration of the show.   Closed on Sunday. The Gallery will be CLOSED on March 12, 13 & 14 for Spring Break. 

    We hope you will be able to enjoy the exhibition in-person or virtually!...... Check back for link to virtual show.

    Directions to Alverno

    Entrance to Gallery
    Alverno College Artwork Dropoff W Morgan ave off of 39th.pdf

  • 14 Dec 2020 10:10 AM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    Applications for the 2021 Morning Glory Art Fair on August 14 & 15 on the Plaza in front of Fiserv Forum in Downtown Milwaukee are now available on Zapplication.  We encourage all of our members to apply to this nationally recognized show featuring the quality craftsmanship from local and national artists!

  • 12 Nov 2020 5:09 PM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    The Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council and Alverno College 


    Creating Through Abnormal Times

    March 5 through 30, 2021

    We invite our members to create work that expresses how the seismic events of this extraordinary year have impacted you personally. This could include how your life has been changed by the Covid 19 pandemic (i.e.; your mental or physical health, self-care and coping techniques, your relationships with family, friends or nature, etc.), the impact of the fight for social justice and other issues of civic engagement, or anything else you wish to explore with your art that has been inspired or motivated by 2020.

    Entry for BEYOND THE NORM is open to all members. You may join or renew your WDCC Membership at: www.wdcc.org/renew_update_membership

    Applications will be accepted through Monday, January 4, 2021. Notification of accepted works will be sent by January 12.

    Application fee: $10 for up to three entries. Please complete payment before filling out your application.

    Click her for full Prospectus: 2012 Member Exhibition Prospectus
    Click here to pay: WDCC 2021 Member Exhibition Application Fee

    Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/AeApXtWazg1sjBBX8

    This is a juried exhibition. Artwork entered must be original, crafted by the artist and not shown in a previous WDCC or Alverno College exhibition. Note: Due to space limitations, please limit Width of any hanging work to 24”. Any height is acceptable.

    Questions about the Exhibition or application process can be directed to Kathleen Eggert, at: eggertglassart@gmail.com

    Opening Reception: Gallery opening reception or virtual reception will be Friday, March 5th. In person reception from 4-8 pm or virtual from 7-8pm.

  • 31 Aug 2020 9:59 AM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour


    Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council

    October 3rd-4th, 2020, 10am-5pm

    The MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour is a self-guided, open-studio tour showcasing Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council members with studios in Milwaukee  County.  Each of the 9 studio locations will feature the work of the host artists along with several guest artists showing their unique handicrafts.  With nine different locations in the Milwaukee Area and more than 30 fine craft artists, you’re sure to find something you love!

    More Details and Map: https://www.mkefinecraftstudiotour.org


    The MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour will continue while observing CDC Guidelines such as social distancing and mandatory face masks. Hand sanitizer and face masks (for purchase) will be available. Some studio will be limiting guests and we suggest that all tents be occupied by less than 2 people at any given time.

  • 25 Aug 2020 8:30 AM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    The Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council is planning for Morning Glory Art Fair 2021 at the plaza in front of Fiserv Forum for the weekend of August 14-15 and is pleased to announce our new Morning Glory Art Fair show director Sue Schrader.

    As an event planner and marketer with more than 20+ years of experience, Sue has worked for Virgin/EMI Records, GMR Marketing, Blind Ambition Management and various artists and festivals, producing and publicizing everything from concert series to gallery nights; from cruise ship events to large artist meet and greets. She’s obsessed with innovating new ways of creating amazing live experiences that turn out to be absurdly enjoyable and effective.

    Sue wants to live a world filled with creative artists, books that come bundled with chocolate, and a force field around her keyboard that repels coffee and at times, wine. When she’s not organizing amazing events or creating effective marketing plans to help her clients get better coverage, you can find her walking around barefoot with her one-eyed black lab named Elvis, roller skating, or asking the question “why” for the twenty bajillionth time.

    Sue is on a mission to help artists of all art forms get their art seen, heard and appreciated.

    Stay tuned for more information as the application process will begin in late October on Zapplication. Artists who were jury exempt for 2020 will be extended that status for 2021.

  • 26 Apr 2020 12:35 PM | Jean Wells (Administrator)

    Wisconsin Designer Craft Council Starts Promotions in Light of Art Fair Cancelations

    Contact:  Jean Wells
    Board Chair, Wisconsin Designer Craft Council

    For Immediate Release - April 27, 2020 -   Summer and fall are prime selling seasons for many fine craft artists.  With art fairs postponed and local shops closed due to the COVID emergency, the Wisconsin Designer Craft Council (WDCC), a statewide membership organization dedicated to fostering excellence in fine crafts, has responded with a new initiative to encourage supporting Wisconsin artists.  

    The WDCC  launched today “Shop Wisconsin Fine Crafts,”  an on-line shopping experience making it easier to buy from state-wide fine craft artisans.    

    Shop Wisconsin Fine Craft

    Mother’s Day Promotion   April 27 - May 10
    Shop for Mom and Support Local Artists

    Shoppers can select from  jewelry (earrings, pins, necklaces, rings, bracelets), wooden jewelry boxes, ceramic mugs and bowls, gift cards, mixed media, leather bags, quilted table runners, and so much more.    All artists will donate a portion of their Mother’s Day Promotion sales to Arts Wisconsin, supporting state-wide arts organizations!

    WDCC Board Chair and Wisconsin Potter Jean Wells: “Our communities are responding positively to supporting artists and small businesses online. Many of our artists have had to hustle to make the switch to online sales; we hope the public will also make the switch to buying handmade online not only for quality gifts but also to support small business owners around the state.” 


    About the Wisconsin Designer Craft Council

    In existence since 1916, The Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council (WDCC) is a statewide membership organization dedicated to fostering excellence in fine crafts and making them more significant in the cultural life of Wisconsin.   WDCC hosts the annual Morning Glory Art Fair, a nationally-recognized juried exhibition attracting over a hundred fine craft artist, in Milwaukee  


    WDCC’s mission is to promote Wisconsin’s fine craft by:

    • Providing public access to quality crafts through exhibitions, programs, and fairs.

    • Sustaining appreciation for fine craft through educational outreach.

    • Encouraging excellence in fine craft.

    • Nurturing creative growth through an interchange of ideas.

    • Supporting fellowship among Wisconsin’s craftspeople through the networking of members. 

  • 27 Feb 2020 9:57 PM | Robert Dickey

    Most people are aware that the Democratic National Convention is coming to Milwaukee in July 2020. This is a great event and will bring thousands of people and millions of dollars to the city. The Milwaukee Bucks organization, owner of Fiserv Forum and the adjacent plaza where we held the 2019 Morning Glory Art Fair, were confident that there would be no impact on Morning Glory. What was not taken into consideration was the impact on many other large events in the city, and the need to reschedule them from their traditional times, to accommodate the DNC. Morning Glory finds itself losing our prime show space and being surrounded by potential competing activities.

    Our primary concern of WDCC's Morning Glory is the success of our artists. After multiple meetings over the last weeks and discussion of all options, we were not able to develop a strategy that would work to host the Morning Glory Art Fair for this year. Accordingly, and with great reluctance, the Morning Glory Committee and the WDCC Board of Directors have made the difficult decision to not have a show in 2020.

    Zapplication will refund artists who have submitted application and booth fees. Artists who were jury exempt for 2020 will be extended that status for 2021.

    We are already planning for Morning Glory Art Fair 2021 at the plaza in front of Fiserv Forum for the weekend of August 14-15 and look forward to seeing you all then. In the meantime, we wish you a great season of success with your business and greatly appreciate your continued support.

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