Wisconsin Visual Art Awards 

Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards

Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) announces the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards (WVAAA), which are held biennially to honor individuals and organizations that are significantly enriching the visual arts of the state. The award ceremony on February 29 was a celebration of those honorees.

Over the last two years, the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards (WVAAA) has been restructured by the organization’s three founding institutions (Wisconsin Visual Artists, Museum of Wisconsin Art, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters) in an effort to more meaningfully highlight working artists in the state. While the awards originally focused on an individual artist’s contributions over an entire career, the award categories have been broadened to recognize achievement at various stages of an artist’s career and in related professional areas that are often overlooked, such as youth education, community arts advocacy, exhibitions, and arts writing. The following seven award categories have been established:

Legacy (awarded for lifetime achievement)
Educator (K-12)
Educator (university or college)
Exhibition (awarded collectively to the institution, curator, and artist(s) if applicable)
Community Arts Advocate
Arts Writing
Emerging (awarded to a promising newcomer or recent graduate)

2020 Award Categories and the Honorees:
Legacy Anne Kingsbury, Milwaukee Artist
Educator (K-12) Patricia Frederick, Pius XI High School, Milwaukee
Educator (University) Kim Cosier, Peck School of the Arts, UW-Milwaukee
Exhibition Racine Art Museum for 2019 RAM Artist Fellowship Exhibition
Community Arts Advocate Polly Morris for the Mary L. Nohl Artists Fellowships Program
Arts Writing Shane McAdams for art criticism in the Shepherd Express
Emerging Artist Ariana Vaeth, Milwaukee Artist, recent MIAD graduate