The Center for the Visual Arts is home to three professional gallery spaces exhibiting 16 shows each year. We work diligently to bring a variety of exhibits and opportunities to appreciate the beautiful art created by local and regional artists.


Call for Exhibiting Artists


28th Annual Midwest Seasons

Click the button above to complete the entry and submit images for the upcoming competitive exhibit:

The "28th Annual Midwest Seasons" exhibit is open to artists over the age of 18.
Original works should draw inspiration from Midwest seasonal impressions and activities: i.e.,
the excitement of summer sports, the fresh scents of spring awakenings, the warmth of a cup of
hot soup in the winter, or the crisp air in the autumn colors.

Interpretations of the season may be broad and entries
are not limited to representational works.

JUROR: Diana Lee Budde (Associate Professor of Art)
BS Degree in Art Education from Ball State University, 1989, MFA from the University Cincinnati, 1996.
Budde has exhibited paintings both regionally and nationally in juried competitions.
Painting "Tour of Duty" was chosen by Yolanda Lopez to represent the National Women's
Studies Association Women's Caucus for Art Exhibition in 2006.

For a PDF of the prospectus click HERE

Entry deadline extended: Monday, December 4, 2017


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28th Annual Midwest Seasons Exhibit

January 5 - March 10, 2018
*Opening Gallery Gala & Awards Reception: Friday, January 19th, 5-7pm

The CVA hosts its signature exhibit "Midwest Seasons" for the 28th year! Artists from around the country submit
artwork in all mediums and style describing the seasons of the Midwest. The juror this year is Diana Budde.
Budde has a BS Degree in Art Education from Ball State University and MFA from the University of Cincinnati.

A highly anticipated exhibit each year!

Featured Artists: Pouneh Asli, Jody Beighley, Amanda Bulger, Rita Crooks,John Davenport, Stephanie De La Rosa, Patrick Doughman, John Emery, Patricia Gaska, Caroline Herfindahl, Mary Hermanson, Sara Hinke, Bruce Hustad, Jill Jensen, Sally Johnson, David Jones, Nancy Laliberte, Vicky Lilla, James McKnight, Christine Miller, Natalie Owen, Margaret Pagoria, Susan Phelps Pearson, Elizabeth Popp, Erin Prais-Hintz, Michelle Richeson, Diane Shabino, Anders Shafer, Barbara Shafer, David Sittler, Julie Sittler, Marcia Smith, Brian Taylor, Gwyned Trefethen, Ann Waisbrot, and Stephen Wysocki

Year Long Gallery Sponsor                                 Award Sponsor                                     Exhibit Sponsor

"28th Annual Midwest Seasons"
Award Winners

Best of Show

Anders Shafer for "Judge Magney State Park"

Awards of Excellence

Margaret Pagoria for "Northern Extremes"

Jill Jensen for "Indian Summer"

Bruce Hustad for "Garden Peony"

Honors Awards

Mary Hermanson for "Winter Detail"

Patrick Doughman for "Going Home"

Stephanie de la Rosa for "Grand Lake St. Mary's"

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


The "Ornamental" exhibit highlights fine artist working in watercolor, oil, wood, and mixed media.
View ornamental details within each work of art. From Marc Lamm's 2D wood wall sculptures,
to the intricate watercolor and oil paintings on aluminum by Susie Williams & Ann Singsaas,
and 3D wood turned pieces by Gary Barone and Gordon Browning. Marvel at the distinct
design elements and rich contrasts in textures and grains.

Featured Artists:

Gary Barone, Gordon Browning, Marc Lamm, Ann Singsaas, and Susie Williams

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Where Are You Now?

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


The "ROOTS - Where Are You Now?" exhibit is the second competitive "ROOTS" themed exhibit hosted by the CVA. An artist's artistic, geographic, and cultural roots play significant roles in their artistic process and statement. The exhibit will highlight original fine art inspired by an artist's perspective of their "roots" and artistic journey.


Juror: Ann-Bridget Gary

Gary, (Studio Ceramicist and Professor of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) received her Master of Fine Arts degree at The Massachusetts College Art, Boston, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the Associate of Arts degree from Mercer County Community College, Trenton, New Jersey. Currently she teaches all levels of Ceramics, a History of Cultural Crafts and 3D Design courses at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she is celebrating her twenty eighth
year of teaching. 


Featured Artists:

Christine Alfery, Karen Aulik, Jim Beck, Jody Beighley, Valerie Berkely, Nancy Bruins, Bridget Bruneau, Amanda Bulger, Patrick Doughman, Isabel Foreman-Ortiz, Elizabeth Gaylord, Alyssa Gruenwald, Sharon Hause, Gail Jaeger, Jeana Jaeger McGivern, Kay Jelinek, Linda Kowalewski, Jefferey Lange, Nicole Lunk, Sarah McGowan, Kelsey McNamara, Christine Miller, Margaret Pagoria, Susan Pearson, Patrick Plunkett, Christina Ridolfi, Mary Robinson, Andrea Salchert, Elizabeth Sawyer Kelly, Roberta Scherrer, Lee Ann Schulz, Anders Shafer, Barbara Smith, Jan Stommes, Brian Taylor, Gwyned Trefethen,
Diana Weber-Osypowski, Georgia Weithe, Kim Wepking-Richards, Audrey Wilde, Susie Williams,
David Wright, and Yi Yan  



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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 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 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


June 9 - August 12, 2017
*Opening Gallery Gala: Friday, June 23rd, 5-7pm

The "Stoned" exhibit celebrates artists inspired by Earth's natural jewels. Artists manipulate
stones and rocks as natural substrates to form sculptural works of art. Featured artists also
highlight the true wonder of nature and the natural formation of individual stones,
rocks, and semi precious stones.

The exhibit features multiple sculptural and jewelry artists working with limestone
to semi precious stones, as well as fine art nature photographers,
watercolor, and fiber artists.

Featured Artists:
Amy Brier, Steve Brimm, Sandra Hopkins, Donald Kelman, Doug Moore, Joan North,
Jennifer Nunnelee, Nathan Porath, Peg Sandin, and Barbara Smith

Hats Off - A Reflection of Culture

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

The word milliner is defined as the designing and manufacturing of hats. Milliners and hatters work with an array of materials
to create original and functional sculptural pieces of art that are worn by the modern man and woman. At one time, hats were
the essential "top" for completed wardrobe styles. Throughout history, hats also served as social status symbols.
Hats were worn for the everyday, Sunday, and special occasions.

The exhibit features local and regional milliners and hatters along with fine art mosaics providing reflections throughout
the gallery. Visitors will view a wide range of contemporary millinery forms from modern fascinators,
to men's fedoras, derby hats, special occasions, and more!

As the Brass Rooster Hat Company says, "Stand Out, Look Sharp"...

Featured Artists:
Susan Carrolan, Renee Roeder Earley, Sharra Frank, Dianne Isbell,
John & Kate McLaughlin, Karen Morris, and Margie Trembley


27th Annual Midwest Seasons Exhibit

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

The CVA hosts its signature exhibit "Midwest Seasons" for the 27th year! Artists from around the country submit
artwork in all mediums and style describing the seasons of the Midwest. The juror this year is
Professor Kitty Kingston, Chair University of Wisconsin Colleges Art Department.

A highly anticipated exhibit each year!

Featured Artists:
Christine Alfery, Marie App, Jody Beighley, Valerie Berkely, Kate Bradley, Daniel Christianson, CathyJean Clark, John Davenport, Patrick Doughman, John Emery, Bruce Hustad, David Jones, Janice Kanyusik, Stephanie Kohli, Christine Miller, Joan North, Edward Osypowski, Margaret Pagoria, Susan Phelps Pearson, Patrick Plunkett, Nathan Porath, Denise Presnell-Weidner, Carolyn Rosenberger, Anders Shafer, Barbara Shafer, Julie Sittler, David Sittler, Brian Taylor, Joshua Waszak, Diana Weber-Osypowski, Frances Whitfield, Audrey Wilde, Richard Wunsch, Stephen Wysocki, and John Young

Best of Show

"Summer Storm"

John Emery


Awards of Excellence

"Winter Solstice II"
mixed media monoprint

Cathy Jean Clark


"Summer Garden Variety"

Bruce Hustad


oil on polyester

Denise Presnell-Weidner


mixed media assemblage sculpture

David Jones


egg tempera

Patrick Doughman


"Split Rock 2014"
charcoal & watercolor plein air

Barbara Shafer


2017 Year Long Sponsor


Exhibit Sponsor


Awards Sponsor


Roots - The Ties That Bind

November 18 - December 31, 2016
*Opening Gallery Gala & Awards Reception: Friday, November 18th, 5-7pm

An artist's geographic, artistic, and cultural roots play significant roles in their
artistic process and statement. The Roots - The Ties That Bind exhibit
highlights original fine art inspired by an artist's perspective
of their "roots" and artistic journey.

Featured Artists:
Christine Alfery, Marie App, Scott Bargender, Jody Beighley, Valerie Berkely, Adrienne Birkholz,
Pat Bishop, Kate Bradley, Richard Derozier, Patrick Doughman, Mary Gordon, Annella Kochanowski,
Andrea Lee, Paul Martorano, Jeana Jaeger McGivern, Donna Meyer, Christine Miller, Margaret Pagoria,

Susan Phelps Pearson, Patrick Plunkett, Nathan Porath, Barbara Klapperich Senn, Diane Shabino,
Anders Shafer, Terry Gunderson Shulta, and Jan Stommes

Juror Tom Jones is the Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jones is an artist, curator, writer, and educator.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and a
Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois.


Roots - The Ties That Bind

Award Winners

First Place: Pat Bishop for "Sprouts"

Second Place: Jan Stommes for "Keeping Watch"

Third Place: Anders Shafer for "America"

Honors: Valerie Berkely for "Ruby Love"

Honors: Nathan Porath for "Buckstaff"

Honors: Mary Gordon for "Birth of Dreams"


Ancestral Women: elders from Wisconsin's 12 Tribes
by Mary Burns, award winning jacquard weaver

September 23 - November 12, 2016
*Gala: Friday, September 30th, 5-7pm

In the Ancestral Women Exhibit, award-winning jacquard weaver Mary Burns honors women’s journeys by creating their portraits in jacquard weavings. The Ancestral Women project was conceived to portray the strength of ancestral women around the world, both elders and their contemporaries, and to honor their journeys. The first phase of this larger project features women elders from each of Wisconsin’s 12 Native American tribes, 11 of which
are federally recognized, and one, the Brothertown Nation, which is seeking federal status. Mary is also weaving six clan pieces for the exhibit (bear, loon, eagle, marten, crane, turtle) and four landscape pieces that illustrate essential cultural practices (maple sugaring, harvesting wild rice,
building a birch bark canoe, and a piece showing a rising sun over a lake that symbolizes a new day).

CLICK HERE for more information on Mary Burns and the Manitowish River Studio.

Support for this exhibit was given from the Nancy Frawley Fund within the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin.

Guests will be able to view the exhibit at the CVA and listen to oral histories about each woman recorded by relatives of the women or tribal members on individual I-pods. Support for this project was provided through the Community Arts Grant Program of the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin, with funds provided by the Wisconsin Arts Board, a state agency, the Community Foundation, and the B.A. & Esther Greenheck Foundation.



CONFIGURATIONS - The Arrangement of Elements
Featuring Mary Robinson, Jenna Graham,
and Lois Freeberg-Hagen

July 22 - Sept 17, 2016
*Gala: Friday, July 29th, 5-7pm

The Garden of eatin'
Featuring Jesse Mangerson, Mary Robinson, and Jan Stommes

May 20 - July 16
*Gala: Friday, May 20th, 5-7pm

                                                                                                  *Opening gallery gala:                                                                                              Friday, May 20th from 5-7pm

                                                                                                  *Opening gallery gala:
                                                                                             Friday, May 20th from 5-7pm


The Flowers are Burning: Incandescent Watercolors
by Mary Kay Neumann and Helen Klebesadel

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

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Exhibiting watercolor artist Helen Klebesadel, will give a hour long demonstration open to the public on Saturday, March 26th beginning at 10am. Please call the CVA at 715-842-4545 with questions or if you are interested in attending.


26th Annual Midwest Seasons

Award Winners

Juror: Diane Canfield Bywaters

Best of Show

Pat Bishop

Globe Thistle

Awards of Excellence

Susan Klabak                               John Davenport                            Patrick Doughman

December Morning                             Point Lobos                          Coming in from the Cold


Jen Triolo                                     Dave Miess                            Diane Shabino

After the Thaw                        Skillet Creek Swirls                       Circuit-Man      


The Flowers are Burning: Incandescent Watercolors
by Mary Kay Neumann and Helen Klebesadel

March 18 - May 14, 2016
Opening Gallery Gala: Friday, March 25th from 5-7pm





The world of art and art making was discovered by three central Wisconsin Residents: Mary Robinson, Jenna Graham, and Lois Freeberg-Hagen
at early stages in their lives. They found the process of making art enriched their daily existence by giving a voice to creativity and a direction to their life path.

The artists manipulate their chosen media to continually explore thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Each uses a remarkably
similar pallet, but the expression is varied in physical and emotional terms. The individual unique arrangement of the elements
incorporated makes for personal configurations that blend to tell the personal stories, at this point, in each artist's life.

Exhibit Sponsor:
Ministry Health Care


"Gardening is the art that uses flowers and plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas."

- Elizabeth Murray

Summertime is the season of growth and rejuvenation. Seeds are sown throughout fields and backyard gardens, yielding edible produce and colorful blossoms. The Garden of Eatin' exhibit celebrates the fruits and labor of Summertime. View oil and pastel paintings of garden vegetables, fruit, and seasonal pairings.



“The Flowers are Burning” seeks to both evoke a sense of alarm at our immediate need to address urgent environmental concerns and to hold up the vision of the possibility of rising from the ashes of restorative prairie burn.  

Artists Mary Kay Neumann and Helen Klebesadel embrace the potential of flower as metaphor. Their watercolor paintings explore the poetic, symbolic and political representations flowers offer in exploring both human nature and the natural world. Recognizing and celebrating cultural association of flowers with the feminine, they pointedly render their paintings with strong color palettes, rich implied emotional content, and complex compositions. Their large expressive flower paintings create environments of saturated color and texture that belies the fragility of flowers.

Both artists create large-scale watercolor paintings with rich color saturation.  They exhibit individual artworks with shared themes and, for the first time, paintings that are co-painted.  Helen and Mary Kay collaboratively painted several works through back and forth exchange.  An amazing synergy emerged from their shared feminist values allowing effective co-operation and creative collaboration with wonderful results, modeling a process we will all need to make real and productive change for our shared future.



















The CVA hosts its signature exhibit "Midwest Seasons" for the 26th year! Artists from around the country submit artwork in all mediums and style describing the seasons of the Midwest. The juror this year is Diane Canfield Bywaters, artist and Professor of Art (drawing & painting) at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.

A highly anticipated exhibit each year!


* The Exhibit Sponsor is UMR

* The Awards Sponsor is Peoples State Bank


Featured Visual Artists:  

Christine Alfery, Gary Barone, Jim Beck, Valerie Berkely, Pat Bishop, Kate Bradley, Bridget Bruneau, Daniel Christianson, Cathy Jean Clark, Martha Coaty, Rita Crooks, John Davenport, Patricia Derozier, Patrick Doughman, Sharon Dowis, Sharon Feathers, Tim Feathers, James Finnerty, Colleen Gunderson, Sharon Hause, Olivia Heitz, Theda Neubauer-Hewuse, Bruce Hustad, David Kapszukiewicz, Letha Kelsey, Susan Klabak, Nancy Laliberte, Susan Lansdown, Vicky Lilla, James McKnight, Donna Meyer, Dave Miess, Leonard Nagler, Kathryn Negaard, Bill Neyens,
Joan North, Susan Phelps Pearson, Nathan Porath,
Erin Prais-Hintz, Vicki Resech, Carolyn Rosenberger, Diane Shabino, Anders Shafer, Barbara Shafer, Terry Gunderson Shulta, Julie Sittler, Jeff Stern, Jennifer Tessmer, Jen Triolo, Ann Waisbrot,
Michael Walker, Georgia Weithe, Audrey Wilde,
Susie Williams, Ann Herzog- Wright, Richard Wunsch,       and John Young


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This exhibit featured work by contemporary artists using basic textile materials - fibers & thread - as a foundation for creation. The fiber and textile artists used a variety of colored and textured fabric and threads as paint pallets. Along with two and three dimensional works, wearable art, in the form of sculptural neckwear and textile/fiber pieces inspired by the environment and nature, were on display.

Featured Artists not pictured:
Peter Ciesla & Skye and Joh Ricci


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The Artist's Muse 2015: Wisconsin Artists - Wisconsin Poets

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

An exhibit featuring numerous Wisconsin Artists and Wisconsin Poets. Visual artists creating works inspired by poems submitted by poetry artists. The viewer will be impacted by the individual and
artistic interpretations of the poems. The poetry will be installed alongside the visual pieces in the exhibit.



Creating Connections- the Artist's Perspective

July 24- September 19
Gallery Gala: Friday, July 31 from 5-7

The exhibit features original works drawing inspiration from the artistic (realistic or imaginative) portrayal of the thread of connections between man and his or her non-human counterparts.

*Exhibited during Wausau’s Artrageous Weekend September 12-13

MANimal's Opening Gallery Gala and Awards featured live music by the Zopel Jazz Ensemble!

The Gala was sponsored by The Mint.

Read our BLOG to find out about the winning piece and see photos from the Gala!




Lake Effect
Valerie Berkely

May 22 - July 18
Gallery Gala: Friday, May 22 from 5-7pm

An exhibit featuring a series of stunning rural and lake paintings by local artist Valerie Berkely. The gallery will be transformed with 30 paintings of various sizes. Valerie is known for her contemporary landscape paintings. She plans to enhance the exhibit by demoing throughout the time line to create the 31st painting of the exhibit.



John Swartwout

March 20 - May 16
allery Gala: Friday, March 27 from 5-7pm

Artist John Swartwout incorporates a variety of mass produced items in his work that defines his interpretation of the word “kitsch”. His pieces are meant to spark social dialogue and cause viewers to examine consumer indulgence and how it impacts society on a much greater scale than one might care to realize. The exhibit will showcase both live and edited film. Viewers will become an active part of the kitsch!

Gallery Sponsor: 


25th Annual Midwest Seasons

January 9 - March 14, 2015
Gallery Gala and Awards Reception: Friday, January 16th, 5-7pm; Awards Announced
at 6pm

The CVA hosts its signature exhibit Midwest Seasons for the 25th year!

Artists from across the country submit artwork in all mediums and styles describing the seasons of the Midwest. Prize money for Best in Show, Awards of Excellence, and Honors. A highly anticipated exhibit each year!

Juror: Helen Klebesadel (MFA UW-Madision)

Gallery Sponsor: