Wisconsin Regional Art Program:

In celebration of the beginning of WRAP’s second 75 years (we celebrated our 75th anniversary in 2015), the Annual State Art Conference and exhibit will take place at the Pyle Center in Madison, Wisconsin. We hope you will join your fellow artists to receive recognition for your artwork. The program will include announcement of awards and is cosponsored by the University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Regional Artists Association.

Conference registration form

Click here for the 2016 online registration form to print and mail in. If you would like to have a registration form mailed to you, please contact Alli Timmins at 608-263-6670.

Artist information and entry forms here (coming end of June)

If you received a State Award, the artist registration packet will be mailed to you mid June. If you did not receive this by July 1, please contact Alli Timmins at 608-263-6670.

Conference schedule for Saturday, September 24, 2016

  • 9am: Registration, coffee, and informal viewing of the exhibition. Time to meet your friends and renew your membership in the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (co-sponsor with the UW-Madison's Department of Liberal Studies and the Arts).
  • 10am: Juror Presentation. Helen Klebesadel
  • 12:15pm: Buffet luncheon.
  • 1:30pm: Presentation of Awards and Annual meeting of the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (WRAA).
  • 3:30pm: Approximate end of the conference day and time to take artwork home.

Lodging information

Hotel: Lowell Center, 610 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53703-1104
Event Title: Wisconsin Regional Art Program
Arrival/Departure Dates: 9/23/16 – 9/25/16
Reserve online: Follow this link»
Reserve by phone: When calling to make reservations, refer to group code: WRAP
Please note your room block will be released four weeks prior to the arrival date.

2016 State Day Guest Judge: Helen Klebesadel

Helen Klebesadel in her studio

Helen Klebesadel (MFA 1989) is a Madison artist, educator and art mentor best known for her large scale watercolors addressing women centered and environmental themes. Her watercolors push the traditional boundaries of the medium in scale, content, and technique. Helen has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including at several American Embassies. The Bergstrom-Mahler Museum presented her first solo museum exhibition in 1994. Her artwork is represented in the many public and private art collections including a series of large watercolors for the new University Hospital in Madison, WI. Klebesadel chaired the art Department at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI before moving back to Madison to work for the University of Wisconsin in 2000. She is a huge fan of the WRAP program, directing it for three years prior to passing the baton to Liese Pfeifer. Helen's art, classes, workshops, and creativity coaching information can be found on her website at Klebesadel.com.

Prairie Fire VI, 22x30, watercolor on paper, Klebesadel 2016