Create, Compete, and Participate with Your Tiny Art
One of the real pleasures I receive as a part of my day job as Director of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) with the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies, is working with the Wisconsin Regional Artist Association (WRAA) in supporting the creative work of other artists. One of the many arts based projects this organization has going is its annual Tiny Treasures exhibition and fundraiser organized and nurtured by WRAA board member Sherry Ackerman (see her own art above). Sherry talked me into participating in this project last year and it was a blast. I invite you all to do the same this year.
Get your own creative juices flowing and create one or more one-of-a-kind 3.5 x 2.5 inch TINY TREASUREs.
For the fifth year in a row, the Wisconsin Regional Artist Association (WRAA) invites artists from everywhere in the world to participate in an exhibition/fundraiser of miniature works of art.
Create art, compete for awards and participate in the WRAA Buy-It-Now fundraiser.
Artworks will be displayed virtually and physically, and are eligible for prizes and other recognitions. It costs $10.00 per treasure to enter.
ARTWORK s must be RECEIVED in the mail BY JULY 11, 2014
Entry forms can be downloaded here: http://www.wraawrap.com
WRAA is an organization devoted to providing opportunities for artists who make art for the joy of creative growth and who do not receive the majority of their income from their art.
Another of their objectives is to support WRAP Exhibits and Workshops around the state. The organization collaborates with the Wisconsin Regional Arts Program (WRAP) to offer lay artists the opportunity to show their work in over 20 self-juried exhibits/workshops in Wisconsin communities across the State, as well as sponsoring youth art exhibitions, and producing wonderful art publications for its members. (Go to the Wisconsin Regional Art Blog to learn about the latest calls for entries or go tho the WRAP website for a whole list of opportunities.)
The proceeds from the Tiny Treasure fundraiser benefits the WRAA’s Publication Fund. The WRAA Publication Fund helps support the color catalog for the Wisconsin Regional Art Program’s statewide exhibit each September, the WRAA newsletter Contour Notes, and the Tiny Treasures WRAP Pocket Calendar..
All entered art pieces must be original, appropriate for all ages and not entered in previous years. (No decorated kits are acceptable.)
It is called a TINY treasure because the size must be exactly 2 ½” x 3 ½”. It should be submitted unmatted and unframed (However your 2D work will be matted for display by the exhibition organizer). Depth of piece not to exceed 1”. These works are the same size as modern trading sports cards, and are also known as Artist Trading Cards.
This competition is open to adults and teens at least 14 years old (calculate age as of July 11, 2014). Each Tiny Treasure entry costs $10.00. You do NOT need to be a WRAA member to participate. There are cash awards: 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $75 and 3rd Place $50.
You may enter as many Tiny Treasures as you’d like – submit $10 and a separate ID label for each one.
Tiny Treasure entries from prior years can not be submitted again.
WRAA members, a registration form can be found in Contour Notes (for WRAA members), or, for everyone else, the
Entry Form can be downloaded from the WRAA website at http://www.wraawrap.com
The 2014 Tiny Treasure exhibit will be on display in Wausau, as a part of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program ( WRAP) State Conference activities, August 8th to September 26th 2014.
Also new this year is the ability to donate your unsold Tiny Treasures to WRAA to be gifted to a nonprofit organization. Since Wausau is the location for this year’s WRAP State Day, the WVAA (Wisconsin Valley Art Association) has agreed to coordinate donations to local area non-profits including the Neighborhood Place as well as a Women’s Shelter.
So rather than sticking your Tiny Treasure in a closet if it is not sold, you can share your creative work with the shelter and bring smiles to a lot of women. All you need to do is check the box on the Entry Form when you enter to indicate your intention.
All entries will also be exhibited virtually on-line at www.wraawrap.com (You can see the 2013 exhibition there now) and the entire Tiny Treasures exhibit will be on display physical in Wausau at the Marathon County Public Library in August 8th to September 26th 2014.Awards recipients will be recognized as a part of the Wisconsin Regional Art state conference activities the weekend of September 26-27.
Not only are there cash prizes for the top 3 Tiny Treasures, but there are additional honorary awards: 12 Tiny Treasures will be featured in WRAA’s Timely Treasures 2015 pocket calendar that lists the schedule for all of the WRAP exhibit/workshops for the year.
Winners will be notified by phone after July 20, 2014.You can also choose to donate your Tiny Treasure to the WRAA Buy-It-Now fundraiser, or you may include it in the exhibition and competition and mark it Not For Sale (NFS).You don’t have to be a WRAA member to participate – although new members are always welcome.
Why not get your friends together and have a Tiny Treasure’s making party? There is nothing like making art together with friends!Professional and nonprofessional artists are welcome to participate.There is still time to make new work to enter and to be inspired by past Tiny Treasure entries.You can see wonderful online exhibitions of our Tiny Treasure entries from the past several years here. Imagine your own Tiny treasures as a part of the 2014 virtual exhibition.
If you are at it planning to see the 2014 Tiny Treasure Exhibition in person at the Marathon County Public Library in Wausau, WI, travel to the other side of the town square and stop by the Center for Visual Art (CVA) as well and see the Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) State Art Exhibit, which will also be on display in Wausua August 8-September 26th.
Plan to attend the gallery’s Gala Reception on August 15th as well, or join us for the WRAA Evening with the Arts Reception on September 26th and meet many of the artists in the Tiny Treasures Exhibition AND the Wisconsin Regional Art Program exhibition. (A reservation is required for Evening With the Arts. You can find it here.)
Time for me to go make some Tiny Treasures….Join me!