Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards

www.wvalaa.com : Website of the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards


Co sponsors of Wisconsin Visual Art Achivement Awards

- Wisconsin Visual Artists
- The Museum of Wisconsin Art
- The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters


Awards Coming Soon

It’s time again for the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards. The nomination process is open between May 1 and February 15 each year. Here is the WVAAA Nomination Application. This year’s award ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 2:00pm at The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA). You can learn more at: wvaaa.com/nominate

History of WVAAA

After a successful 10 years of operating as Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Award it has been decided in 2015 that
  1. WVALAA will become WVAAA - Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards. We are dropping the 'L for Lifetime'.
  2. MOWA (Museum of Wisconsin Art) in West Bend, WI will be the permanent home for WVAAA;
  3. the WVAAA nomination process is now available as a 'Nomination Form' online. This allows anyone to nominate a deserving artist, art educator, art instatution/venue or supporter of the visual arts for this award.

The use of the word "lifetime" in the past has implied that the recipient is at the end, or at the very least, the twilight of their career and that their best accomplishments have been achieved. Clearly, a number of awards have been given posthumously and the lifetime appellation was appropriate. This is, however, not the case for many recent recipients. By renaming the program to the Wisconsin Visual Art Achievement Awards, it gives the organization more flexibility and a more appropriate way of honoring deserving individuals - without the implication that they are at the end of their careers. That is, however, not to say that deserving individuals who have completed a career will not be honored, they will.