Museum of Wisconsin Art Announces 2017 Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Award Honorees 

Featuring guest speaker, Raoul Deal

April 14, 2017
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Museum of Wisconsin Art Announces 2017 Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Award Honorees
Featuring guest speaker, Raoul Deal

Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) 14th Annual Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards honors the individuals, institutions, and organizations that have enriched the visual arts in the state. The award ceremony is a celebration of the honorees and will feature guest speaker Raoul Deal. A reception will follow the ceremony with opportunities to meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.

Event Date
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 2:00–3:30

Museum of Wisconsin Art 205 Veterans Avenue, West Bend, Wisconsin 53095

There is no cost to this event. Walk-ins are welcome.

2017 Honorees
Tom Bamberger, David Becker, Sylvia Fein, Dean Jensen, Ken Loeber, Dona Look, Max Yela, and Charles W. Thwaites (1904-2002)

Guest Speaker
Raoul Deal, senior lecturer in the Department of Visual Art at Peck School of the Arts and artist-in-residence in the Cultures and Communities Program at UW–Milwaukee.

Presentation Topic
Culture Work: The Story of the United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS)
The United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS) was founded in the 1960s to help create better living and working conditions for migrant workers in Wisconsin, and was later used to help migrant families transition into city jobs. The UMOS mural highlights key moments in the history of this struggle. Lead artist Raoul Deal worked with ten high school students and four undergraduate research assistants to interview UMOS organizers, and create the mural based on these conversations. The project was carried out in partnership with Artworks for Milwaukee and the Peck School of the Arts.

The WVAAA is made possible through the generous support of the Museum of Wisconsin Art, All three chapters of the Wisconsin Visual Artists, and Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
Jessica Wildes, Director of Communications and Marketing, 262.247.2266