On the second floor is dedicated to exhibiting local community art. Beginning artists to professionals in the community are invited to share their passion here. Groups such as the Wausau Women's Community bring awareness to domestic abuse and sexual assault through exploration and expression in art. Students, teachers and volunteers get the opportunity to exhibit their work as well as local arts groups such as the Wisconsin Valley Art Association.


Hours: Tues - Friday from 10-5pm
Saturday: 12-4pm - *Please check back or call ahead
(715-842-4545) for list of private event date closures


41st Annual Wisconsin Valley Art Association Members Art Exhibit

January 5 - March 10, 2018
Gala: Friday, Jan 19th, 5-7pm

*Awards Announced at 6:15pm

The WVAA was formed a 1951 with the purpose of promoting the arts by bringing lectures, exhibits and workshops to the area.

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Student/Volunteer Exhibit

November 17 - December 30, 2017
*Opening Gallery Gala: Friday, November 17th, 5-7pm

It is time for the CVA Students & Volunteers to
shine and share their artistic talents!
View artwork created by all ages!


Wisconsin Regional Art Program

September 29 - November 11, 2017
*Opening Gallery Gala: Friday, September 29th, 5-7pm

Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) encourages non-professional, student, and emerging artists
to create and exhibit their work across the state of Wisconsin. Run by UW-Madison Continuing Studies,
WRAP is looking forward from a rich past of 76 years.

Today 25-28 regional art groups in Wisconsin sponsor WRAP exhibits which last from one day to
up to two months in length. The CVA annual features the WRAP exhibit in the Loft Gallery.

2017 WRAP Show Juror
Dawn Marie Olson, WI Rapids

Born on the East Coast, Dawn spent most of her life in Central Wisconsin, and retains the heart of a real
country gal. She was educated at UWSP, UW Madison and Northern Michigan University where she received a
B.S. in Art and MEPD with art emphasis. Researching her art (and heart) has taken her across the U.S.,Europe
and South America. She also spent time at the Johnson Vermont Studio and in the New York art scene.

"The simplicity of the southwest helped shape my art concepts in contrast to the academia
of the East coast. It is my humble pleasure to share what I love with others."

Current Exhibit:

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WRAP/WRAA Annual Art Exhibition & State Conference

August 18 - September 23, 2017
*Opening Gallery Gala: Friday, August 25th, 5-7pm

The Exhibition & State conference is a collaborative effort of the non-profit organization
Wisconsin Regional Artist Association (WRAA) and the Wisconsin Regional Arts Program (WRAP),
an adult arts program administered by the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. The exhibition is
an opportunity to recognize award recipients from local WRAP art exhibitions/workshops across
the state organized in collaboration with local arts organizations and arts venues for Wisconsin
artists who love the creative process and aspire to reach their greatest
creative potential but do not identify as professional artists.

WRAA also sponsors the Statewide Teen Art Mentoring Program (STAMP) exhibit in the Skylight Gallery,
along with Tiny Treasures exhibit featuring over 100 artists in the Loft Gallery.
The CVA also hosted the state exhibit in 2014.

For information on WRAA click here

For information on WRAP click here

For information on STAMP click here 

For information on WRAA Tiny Treasures Fundraiser
(2 1/2" x 3 1/2" pieces of original art) click here

All Tiny Treasures are posted on-line at www.wraawrap.com and most are available for purchase for $25.00.
Those that are not for sale will have (NFS) or SOLD after the title.

BUY-IT-NOW Online Sale
BUY-IT-NOW will begin at noon on August 2 and end September 13, 2017.
Starting at noon on August 2, email sherrycackerman@gmail.com to arrange purchase.
You can also call 608 445-2517 and leave a message.

Purchase in Person
Tiny Treasures can also be purchased in person at WRAA’s Evening with the Arts, Friday, September 22 at the Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) in Wausau, WI and also on State Day, September 23, until 1 pm at the CVA.

Year long gallery sponsor

Year long gallery sponsor

City of wausau room tax commission grant

City of wausau room tax commission grant

media sponsor

media sponsor

7th Congressional District Art Competition

June 9 - August 12, 2017
Opening Gallery Gala:
*Friday, June 9th from 5-6:30pm

The exhibit highlights talented high school students from the 7th Congressional District.

View award winning artwork!


K-12 Visual Expressions - Wausau School District

April 7 - June 3, 2017
Opening Gallery Gala:
*Friday, April 21st from 5-7pm

40th Anniversary Wisconsin Valley Art Association

Memorial Member Art Exhibit

January 6 - April 1, 2017
Opening Gallery Gala & Awards Reception:
*Friday, January 13th from 5-7pm

The WVAA was formed a 1951 with the purpose of promoting the arts by bringing lectures, exhibits and workshops to the area.


Unique Perspectives

Artists with Autism

November 18 - December 31, 2016
Opening Gallery Gala:
*Friday, November 18 from 5-7pm

Artists with autism have a unique perspective of the world around them because they process sensory
information and express themselves in unique ways. By bringing these artists together for this exhibit
we hope they can share their unique perspectives with each other, build their community,
and share their gifts and talents with a broader audience.

Read "Autistic man finds voice through photography" article by Liz Welter featuring artist Aaron Tierney.




volunteer/Student Exhibit

September 23 - November 12, 2016
Opening Gallery Gala:
*Friday, September 30 from 5-7pm



Wisconsin Regional Art Program

July 22 - September 17, 2016
Opening Gallery Gala:
*Friday, July 29 from 5-7pm



7th congressional District Art Competition
"An Artistic Discovery"

May 20 - July 16, 2016
Opening Gallery Gala:
*Friday, May 20th from 5-7pm




K-12 Visual Expressions - Wausau School District

March 18 - May 14
Gala: Friday, March 25th, 5-7pm  


39th Annual Wisconsin Valley Art Association Members Art Exhibit

January 8 - March 12
Gala: Friday, Jan 15th, 5-7pm

*Awards Announced at 6:15pm

The WVAA was formed a 1951 with the purpose of promoting the arts by bringing lectures, exhibits and workshops to the area.


The juror of the exhibit will be Gary Gisselman. Gisselman is the Librarian/Archivist for the Marathon County Historical Society. He will review all artist submissions and choose the entries to be exhibited. Throughout the exhibit timeline, Gisselman will also lead a guided tour relating historical references to certain images on display.
The tour will be free and open to the public.



Wisconsin Regional Art Program

November 6 - December 31, 2015
Opening Gala: Friday, November 13, 5-7pm

- What is WRAP? -

WRAP stands for Wisconsin Regional Art Program.

It is a program of UW Madison's Continuing Studies division and began in 1940 to encourage rural artists by giving them exhibit opportunities.

Today 20-24 regional art groups sponsor WRAP shows in various locations across the state. The WI Regional Artist's Association helps new art groups fund their first show - thereafter, they are self supporting.

Exhibits are generally held from two weeks to up to two months in length.

Artists are "non-professional", which in this case means they do not make their living only from their artwork. WRAP shows are also not "juried", which means that all art entered is accepted into the show.

On the "workshop day" of the exhibit, the judge verbally critiques the work he/she has chosen for either a State Award or Honorable Mention, as well as any other pieces artists may have questions about. The judge also provides an art demonstration or a discussion of their personal background and artwork.

The artists in this show receiving a "State Award" may choose to enter their piece in Madison next fall, where their work will be in competition with all state award winners that choose to show.


Our judge for this show was Michael Sherfinski, who spent 35 years teaching art, first at Newman and then Mosinee High Schools. He is recently retired and looks forward to having time to pursue his art passions of working with clay, creating new portraits and developing his interest in photography. We thank him for his positive and encouraging critiques of our works.



CVA Volunteers/ Students

September 25 - October 31, 2015
Opening Gala: Friday October 2, 5-7pm

To show our appreciation for all the CVA volunteers and
students, we invite you to share your own artistic talent in the
CVA Volunteer & Student Exhibit in the Loft Gallery!












Visualizing Wausau-
 A Photographer's Point of View

July 24 - September 19, 2015
Opening Gala, Friday July 31, 5-7pm
Juror: Gary Gisselman

Librarian/Archivist for the Marathon County Historical Society

This exhibit is an affiliation of the Visualizing Our Community: A Student Photography Exhibition held at the Woodson Museum in conjunction with the following community partners: Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce, The Grand Education Committee, Wausau School District, D.C. Everest School District, Newman Catholic Schools, Junion, and the CVA.

The exhibit showcases images by professional and non professional artists of all ages, including images from the students who took the photography class during the CVA’s Expressions - Kids’ Day of Art program. Artists are encouraged to submit images showcasing unique or historical perspectives of the Wausau community.

Read our BLOG for pictures of the Tour!


7th Congressional District Art Competition
"An Artistic Discovery"

May 22 - July 18, 2015
Opening Gala: Friday, May 22, 5-7pm
Awards Reception with Congressman

Sean Duffy


Wisconsin Valley Art Association
38th Annual Memorial Exhibit

January 9 - March 14, 2015
Opening Gala: Friday, January 16, 5-7pm
Juror: Brian Borchardt


K-12 Visual Expressions - Wausau Area Schools

March 20 - May 16, 2015
Opening Gala: Friday March 27, 5-7pm