Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Finding Exhibit Opportunities in Wisconsin

Happy New Year!

It’s New Year’s resolution time! Are you determined to do more art this year…like EVERY day?  If so, you’ll surely be producing tons of new work, right? So we thought we’d share some leads on finding exhibit opportunities here in Wisconsin.

Artist Tom Kelly discusses the artwork
at a Mineral Point WRAP Exhibit

If you are a “non-professional” artist, that is, you do not make art as a career but rather for the love of it, you should know about the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP), a terrific program (unique to Wisconsin) that sponsors upwards of 20 regional WRAP exhibits around the state throughout the year. It is administered by UW-Madison and supported by the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (WRAA), a volunteer organization of over 500 non-professional artists.

You can enter up to three works (any medium) into each non-juried show. Your entry fee also includes participation in a workshop and artwork critique during Workshop Day held on the last day of the exhibit.  And, there's a chance that one of your works will be selected to move on to an annual State Show in Madison where there are cash awards.

This is a wonderful opportunity to show your work in a supportive environment and get constructive feedback. Whether a newbie who has never shown work before or a seasoned exhibitor, all are welcome. Check out the WRAP website to find a WRAP Exhibit near you. And no, you don’t have to be a Wisconsin resident, though to take full advantage of the educational aspect you really should live close enough to attend the Workshop Day.


ArtsBuild is a program that advocates for the arts in Southwest Wisconsin in a number of ways, among them sponsoring exhibits at the Nohr Gallery on the UW-Platteville campus.


If you love the arts, you definitely should be aware of Portal Wisconsin, a nonprofit website created by Wisconsin’s Cultural Coalition. It is an amazingly comprehensive compendium of arts information serving all of Wisconsin.  Here you’ll find listings of opportunities (calls for artists, auditions, fellowships/grants, etc.), arts organizations, art classes, online galleries of Wisconsin artists, and much more. The database is searchable across a wide range of art interest areas – visual arts, music, theater, you name it. Whatever you are looking for art-wise, you'll likely find it on Portal Wisconsin.

Lots of art opportunities to inspire you…so get busy and create some art!

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