Thursday, January 18th

The Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) has announced the winners of 42 prestigious statewide awards. Lillian Marie Ruda of Merrillan received an award for “At the Water Trough” as part of the organization’s juried state exhibition, which runs through Sept. 23 at the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau.

WRAP is a University of Wisconsin-Madison program that encourages adults to create visual art, share it with their communities and connect with fellow nonprofessional artists.

Participants show their work at regional exhibitions, where they receive feedback from experts and build their art knowledge at workshops and presentations.

Professional artists give state awards to outstanding work from these events.

Artists who win these awards may show their work at the state exhibition, where they compete for nearly $5,000 in prize money.