WRAP/WRAA State Exhibition and Conference

Contact WRAP

Email: wrap@dcs.wisc.edu


Liese Pfeifer, Director Email: liese.pfeifer@wisc.edu University of Wisconsin-Madison 21 N. Park Street Madison, WI 53715-1218 Phone: 608-262-4911 Office Hours: Tue, Wed

Alli Timmins, Program Coordinator Email: allison.timmins@wisc.edu University of Wisconsin-Madison 21 N. Park Street Madison, WI 53715-1218 Phone: 608-263-6670 Office Hours: Mon-Fri

"WRAP art shows have changed my life in a big way for which I will be forever grateful. It has been just one year since I have gotten involved and I am a happier/healthier/stronger person/artist because of it. I've met many wonderful new artist friends and am having a great time. Suddenly I am understood, what a relief, since I've surrounded myself with sensitive creative artists."

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Congratulations to the 2018 State Award winners! View artwork here >

2018 conference information left here for your reference.

September 21-22 | Madison, WI

Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) and Wisconsin Regional Artist Association (WRAA) jointly invite you to the State Day Conference which celebrates you, the artist, and a year of regional exhibitions and workshops. The conference is a chance to enjoy the festivities in camaraderie with other Wisconsin artists. You can also:

  • View pieces by artists from across the state at the Annual Art Exhibition
  • Learn from keynote speaker Leslee Nelson, professor emerita and artist
  • Enjoy an artists’ reception and our Tiny Treasures Awards
  • Celebrate the winners at an awards ceremony


Pyle Center at night

Conference Dates

Deadline to Confirm Conference Attendance Sep 7, 2018

State Day Conference Sep 21-22, 2018

PYLE CENTER: 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706

Exhibition Dates

2018 Annual Art Exhibition Aug 17-Sep 22, 2018

Exhibition entry deadline was Aug 1, 2018 — Thank you for entering!


The conference registration deadline is September 7. Find the form here >


The conference will take place at Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street in Madison. Lodging is close by at Lowell Center, 610 Langdon Street. Reserve a room online or call for reservations at (608) 256-2621 using the code WRAP.

Conference Schedule

Fri, Sep 21 | Evening with the Arts | Pyle Center

4-5:30pm — Regional coordinators’ gathering at Memorial Union Terrace. New coordinators welcome.
6pm — Reception begins
7:15pm — Tiny Treasures and STAMP (Statewide Teen Art Mentor Program) Awards
8:30pm — Reception ends

Sat, Sep 22 | State Day Conference | Pyle Center

9-10am — Registration, coffee, sewing circle, and informal exhibition viewing
10-11:30am — Introductions by WRAP Director Liese Pfeifer, presentation by Leslee Nelson
Noon-1pm — Lunch
1:30-3pm — State Award presentation by Sally Probasco
3:30pm — Art pickup deadline

Artwork by Carol Gepner
Artwork by Carol Gepner


The 2018 Annual Art Exhibition is a collection of award-winning artwork from WRAP’s regional exhibitions across the state. These winning artists are recognized in the exhibition and publicly honored at the State Day Conference.

Please note:

  • If you win a WRAA award at the Annual Art Exhibition, you will be notified by approximately August 28, 2018.
  • An online gallery of the Annual Art Exhibition will be posted on WRAP’s website by Aug 28, 2018.
  • All artists in the exhibition will be included in the WRAA full color catalog. All current WRAA members receive one copy.

Picking up your artwork

You must pick up your art at the Pyle Center by 3:30 pm on September 22. You are responsible for your own packaging material.

If you are unable to pick up your piece personally, make sure your pickup person is ready and willing to pick up your artwork.


Leslee Nelson sewingProfessor Emerita Leslee Nelson served as director of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program from 1982-2012. She taught in the Art Department at UW–Madison 1985-2012. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Paris, India, and Japan as well as throughout Wisconsin and the United States. She published a collection of her Memory Cloths in 2008. Her husband, Professor Craig Werner is a cultural historian at UW–Madison. She has two adult daughters: Kaylee, who is an artist in Madison, and Riah, who is a teacher in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. She is not yet a grandmother.

Her talk on September 22, Making Memory Cloths, will illustrate her journey as an artist. Literally—journeys to China, Germany, and Indonesia, along with her life story are embroidered on vintage family linens. Inspired by Voices of Women in South Africa, she has been making Memory Cloths since 2005. They asked her to share the process in America, which she has done ever since.

Leslee Nelson memory cloth: I love you
I Love You, by Leslee Nelson
Leslee Nelson memory cloth: Wisconsin Native Flowers
Wisconsin Native Flowers, by Leslee Nelson


  • Wisconsin Regional Artist Association: WRAA sponsors art transport to Madison, puts out the full-color exhibition catalog, provides funding for Award Ceremony, organizes Evening with the Arts, Tiny Treasures, and STAMP, and funding for Award Ceremony.
  • UW–Madison Continuing Studies: Sponsors conference, designs invitations, coordinates printings, mailings, and exhibitions, and provides administrative help.
  • Anonymous Fund: The Anonymous Fund was established to benefit UW–Madison programs in the arts and humanities. Funded by an anonymous donor, the bequest is charged to “strengthen and enlarge the cultural and artistic undertakings of the University.”

* Top-of-page art by Jeanette Krueger