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2022 Recipients of the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards Announced

Press Release April 18, 2022

Awards ceremony held at Museum of Wisconsin Art on April 30, 1:00–3:00

(WEST BEND, WI – April 18, 2022) – The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) announces the recipients of the 2022 Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Award (WVAAA). The Achievement Awards are awarded biennially to honor individuals and organizations that are significantly enriching the visual arts of the state. The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 30, 1:00–3:00 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend.

The three founding organizations—the Museum of Wisconsin Art, the Wisconsin Visual Artists, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters—recognize educators, writers, visual artists, exhibitions, and advocates in our creative communities. Every two years, a nine-person nominations committee convenes to review open nominations and select the recipients in seven categories. The awards recognize achievement at various stages of an artist’s career and in related professional areas that are often overlooked for recognition.

2022 Award Categories and the Honorees

Legacy (Lifetime Achievement) Jack Damer and Freida High Wasikhongo Tesfagiorgis
Educator (K-12) Frank Juárez, Sheboygan North High School
Educator (College or University) Leslie Vansen, Peck School of the Arts, UW–Milwaukee
Exhibition John Michael Kohler Art Preserve
Community Arts Advocate Karin Wolf
Arts Writing Debra Brehmer
Emerging Artist Rae Minoka Skenandore (Yehsani>saks)

Read the bios

Previous winners include Anne Kingsbury, Kim Cosier, Ariana Vaeth, Tom Bamberger, Dona Look, Racine Art Museum, and The Kohler Foundation, Inc. See all previous winners


Achievement Awards Ceremony

Saturday, April 30, 2022 | 1:00–3:00
Awards at 2:00
Open to the public, free to attend



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, Art & Letters.