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.
The Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards honor individual artists and organizations that are “significantly enriching the visual arts of the state.”
Organizations involved in the WVAAA have restructured the focus of the awards in order 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.”
2020 Award Categories and the Honorees: Legacy Award for lifetime achievement – Anne Kingsbury, Milwaukee Artist
Community Arts Advocate Polly Morris for the Mary L. Nohl Artists Fellowships Program
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
Arts Writing Shane McAdams for art criticism in the Shepherd Express
Emerging Artist – promising newcomer or recent graduate – Vaeth, Milwaukee Artist, recent MIAD graduate