Wisconsin ArtsWest is a juried exhibit sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. It is open to all working artists and students, age 18 and older, residing in Wisconsin. The first ArtsWest show opened in September 1979. With ArtsWest Two in April 1981, it became a spring show and has been held annually thereafter. For the very first time, due to COVID-19, this 2020 exhibit will be held as a virtual show.
There were 220 entries submitted by 139 artists for Wisconsin ArtsWest 41. Of these, 39 works were selected by the juror, representing 32 artists. There were 28 communities represented by the artists entering this year’s show.
The competition is juried by a working artist, craftsperson, or qualified staff member from an art museum, gallery, or art department of a university or college. Jurors are from outside the area and are from Wisconsin or Minnesota. Jurors select the following award winners: Best of Show, First Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize, as well as a number of Honorable Mentions. Prizes are donated by the Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.