Wisconsin Regional Artists Association
April 6–June 23, 2013
Carolyn M. BradyOnce Upon A Time, Mixed media collage with acrylic paint, 2010
MOWA’s State Gallery showcases work by members of Wisconsin’s numerous art organizations. The first selection is the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association (WRAA) which was founded in 1954 to encourage non-professional artists who had participated regularly in the innovative Rural Art Shows of the 1940s held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Memorial Union. Under the leadership of John Steuart Curry, James Schwalbach and Aaron Bohrod, the Rural Art Program flourished in the 1940s and beyond, with strong participation by Wisconsin’s non-professional artists, not only from rural areas but also from cities and suburbs.
Today, WRAA works with UW Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies to offer workshops, exhibitions, and critiques throughout the state to ensure that WRAA’s 600 non-professional members, have opportunities to learn and flourish in their avocation. MOWA wants to encourage and support artists at this “grassroots” level by giving them exhibition opportunities in the state’s only Museum dedicated to Wisconsin artists.
Brady, Carolyn m.
Hagenauer, Mary Ellen
Heus, Mary Ellen
Siok (padrigin), Pat
Smith, Barbara Kaye
Zakaria, Lynna Chin