WRAP/WRAA State Exhibition and Conference

Thanks to all that made this year's conference a great success!

~ Save the dates for next year ~

  • 2017 WRAP State Exhibition, August 18 - September 23, 2017,
    CVA Caroline S. Mark Gallery and Loft Gallery-possibly the Studio Room hallway, 427 N 4th St. Wausau, WI 54403
  • WRAA Evening with the Arts, Friday, September 22
  • State Day Conference, September 23, 2017, 9-4pm
  • CVA Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10-5pm, Saturday: 12-4pm

At this year's State Day, we got inspired by presentations from two distinguished greats! Helen Klebesadel, whose watercolors push the traditional boundaries of the medium in scale, content, and technique delivered a talk called 'Art as Beauty and Voice'. She also served as a guest judge. Chris Manke, a public art consultant and former Percent for Art Coordinator for the Wisconsin Arts Board, provided the riveting presentation, 'The Depression Era and the WPA: The Survival and Legacy of the Artist'.

2016 WRAP State Exhibition at the Pyle Center continued until noon, September 24. Information below remains here to inspire you for next year!

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.

Schedule for Saturday, September 24 – State Day Conference

  • 9am: Registration, coffee, and informal viewing of the exhibition
  • 10am-11:30am: 2 Presentations, Christine Manke and Helen Klebesadel
  • 12:15pm: Buffet luncheon
  • 1:30pm: Awards Presentation
  • 3:30pm: Approximate end of the conference day – take artwork home

Lodging information

Hotel: Lowell Center, 610 Langdon Street, Madison, WI 53703-1104, Ph: 866-301-1753
Event Title: Wisconsin Regional Art Program, Group code: WRAP
Arrival/Departure Dates: 9/23/16 – 9/25/16
Reserve online: Follow this link»
Please note your room block will be released four weeks prior to the arrival date.

Speaker: Christine Manke

In her almost 20 years coordinating Wisconsin’s Percent for Art program at the Wisconsin Arts Board, Chris Manke coordinated and curated the commissioning of almost $4,000,000 worth of artwork sited at various state buildings, primarily on campuses at Wisconsin’s 13 four year campuses. In addition, in the last six months of the program, she oversaw the direct purchase of over 300 paintings, prints, and photographs from WI artists. The Percent for Art Program mandated that one-tenth of one percent of the total construction cost for state buildings be used for provide artwork for these buildings.  When the newest Biochemistry Building on the UW Madison campus was in its planning stages, she organized the initial meeting with UW stakeholders to determine the fate of the Biochemistry murals by John Stuart Curry.

2016 State Day Guest Judge and speaker: 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. 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