Wisconsin Regional Art Program: About

Who is WRAP for?

The Wisconsin Regional Art Program was established to encourage Wisconsin citizens with a serious interest in Art. People who make art purely for the love of it, rather than for fame and fortune. The purpose of WRAP is to encourage NONPROFESSIONAL ARTISTS to develop their abilities.

How does WRAP work?

The Wisconsin Regional Art Program consists of many artist workshop/exhibits that meet throughout the year statewide. Each workshop offers a different artist demonstration or slide lecture and a different judge to lead the afternoon critique. You may enter as many Wisconsin Regional Art Workshops as you like. Your art work will be on exhibit in different communities. If your work is selected for the State Exhibit at two different workshops, you may chose which ONE you want to submit to the Madison exhibit.

Annual Exhibit/Conference

The Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (WRAA) cosponsors the Statewide Exhibit and Conference in September. Half of the awards are eligible for WRAA members only. They publish an informative newsletter, CONTOUR NOTES, four times a year. Membership is $20 a year. If you are interested in joining WRAA, contact Beverly Balakhovsky, 625 N. Segoe Rd. #902, Madison, WI 53705, 608-237-6362, wraa.membership@yahoo.com or visit the WRAA Membership.

WRAP History

The first Rural Art Exhibit was held at the Memorial Union during Farm and Home Week in 1940. Under the guidance of John Steuart Curry, the exhibit grew rapidly, expanding from 30 nonprofessional artists in 1940 to over 100 by 1947. The energy and enthusiasm of Curry's successor, Aaron Bohrod, the WRAP directors, James Schwalbach, Ken Kuemmerlein, and Leslee Nelson, and the help of the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association have continued to make the exhibition and workshops cornerstones of activity for nonprofessional artists throughout the state.

Hosting a workshop

Your art organization or art club can host an Art Workshop. We plan early so contact us as soon as possible, if you'd like to sponsor a workshop next year. We're looking for new places now.


Helen Klebesadel, WRAP Director
21 N Park St.
7th Floor
Madison, WI 53715

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