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  • 18 Mar 2021 8:56 AM | Jean Smaglik Wells (Administrator)


    Saturday & Sunday - OCTOBER 2 & 3

    The MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour is a self-guided, open-studio tour showcasing Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council members with studios in Milwaukee  County.  Each studio location will feature the work of the host artists along with several guest artists.

    Attention Artists: If your studio resides in MKE County, please consider applying as a host artist to showcase your work and studio.  If you live outside MKE County, or do not want to host, please apply as a guest artist.

    Important 2021 Dates:

    April 30 - Applications due

    May 15 - Host and Guest Artists matched

    May 20 - 1st $75 payment due (Total participation fee $150)

    Aug 1 - 2nd $75 payment due

    Late Aug - Artist Social (Date tbd, will be held outdoors at Good Hope Island)

    Oct 2&3 - MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour

    APPLICATION INFORMATION

  • 15 Mar 2021 10:20 AM | Jean Smaglik Wells (Administrator)

     

    Join us to view the creative work of 37 WDCC members that expresses how the seismic events of this past year have impacted our artists personally and how it is reflected in their art. 

    Alverno's Arts and Cultures Gallery will be open regular hours for in-person viewing on

    Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the duration of the show.   Closed on Sunday. The Gallery will be CLOSED on March 12, 13 & 14 for Spring Break. 

    We hope you will be able to enjoy the exhibition in-person or virtually!...... Check back for link to virtual show.

    Directions to Alverno
    campusdirections.pdf

    Entrance to Gallery
    Alverno College Artwork Dropoff W Morgan ave off of 39th.pdf

  • 14 Dec 2020 10:10 AM | Jean Smaglik Wells (Administrator)

    Applications for the 2021 Morning Glory Art Fair on August 14 & 15 on the Plaza in front of Fiserv Forum in Downtown Milwaukee are now available on Zapplication.  We encourage all of our members to apply to this nationally recognized show featuring the quality craftsmanship from local and national artists!

  • 12 Nov 2020 5:09 PM | Jean Smaglik Wells (Administrator)


    The Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council and Alverno College 
    Present

    BEYOND THE NORM

    Creating Through Abnormal Times

    March 5 through 30, 2021

    We invite our members to create work that expresses how the seismic events of this extraordinary year have impacted you personally. This could include how your life has been changed by the Covid 19 pandemic (i.e.; your mental or physical health, self-care and coping techniques, your relationships with family, friends or nature, etc.), the impact of the fight for social justice and other issues of civic engagement, or anything else you wish to explore with your art that has been inspired or motivated by 2020.

    Entry for BEYOND THE NORM is open to all members. You may join or renew your WDCC Membership at: www.wdcc.org/renew_update_membership

    Applications will be accepted through Monday, January 4, 2021. Notification of accepted works will be sent by January 12.

    Application fee: $10 for up to three entries. Please complete payment before filling out your application.

    Click her for full Prospectus: 2012 Member Exhibition Prospectus
    Click here to pay: WDCC 2021 Member Exhibition Application Fee

    Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/AeApXtWazg1sjBBX8

    This is a juried exhibition. Artwork entered must be original, crafted by the artist and not shown in a previous WDCC or Alverno College exhibition. Note: Due to space limitations, please limit Width of any hanging work to 24”. Any height is acceptable.

    Questions about the Exhibition or application process can be directed to Kathleen Eggert, at: eggertglassart@gmail.com

    Opening Reception: Gallery opening reception or virtual reception will be Friday, March 5th. In person reception from 4-8 pm or virtual from 7-8pm.


  • 31 Aug 2020 9:59 AM | Jean Smaglik Wells (Administrator)

    MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour

    PRESENTED BY THE

    Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council

    October 3rd-4th, 2020, 10am-5pm

    The MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour is a self-guided, open-studio tour showcasing Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council members with studios in Milwaukee  County.  Each of the 9 studio locations will feature the work of the host artists along with several guest artists showing their unique handicrafts.  With nine different locations in the Milwaukee Area and more than 30 fine craft artists, you’re sure to find something you love!

    More Details and Map: https://www.mkefinecraftstudiotour.org

    COVID-19 UPDATE:

    The MKE Fine Craft Studio Tour will continue while observing CDC Guidelines such as social distancing and mandatory face masks. Hand sanitizer and face masks (for purchase) will be available. Some studio will be limiting guests and we suggest that all tents be occupied by less than 2 people at any given time.

  • 25 Aug 2020 8:30 AM | Jean Smaglik Wells (Administrator)

    The Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council is planning for Morning Glory Art Fair 2021 at the plaza in front of Fiserv Forum for the weekend of August 14-15 and is pleased to announce our new Morning Glory Art Fair show director Sue Schrader.

    As an event planner and marketer with more than 20+ years of experience, Sue has worked for Virgin/EMI Records, GMR Marketing, Blind Ambition Management and various artists and festivals, producing and publicizing everything from concert series to gallery nights; from cruise ship events to large artist meet and greets. She’s obsessed with innovating new ways of creating amazing live experiences that turn out to be absurdly enjoyable and effective.

    Sue wants to live a world filled with creative artists, books that come bundled with chocolate, and a force field around her keyboard that repels coffee and at times, wine. When she’s not organizing amazing events or creating effective marketing plans to help her clients get better coverage, you can find her walking around barefoot with her one-eyed black lab named Elvis, roller skating, or asking the question “why” for the twenty bajillionth time.

    Sue is on a mission to help artists of all art forms get their art seen, heard and appreciated.


    Stay tuned for more information as the application process will begin in late October on Zapplication. Artists who were jury exempt for 2020 will be extended that status for 2021.




  • 26 Apr 2020 12:35 PM | Jean Smaglik Wells (Administrator)



    Wisconsin Designer Craft Council Starts Promotions in Light of Art Fair Cancelations

    Contact:  Jean Wells
    Board Chair, Wisconsin Designer Craft Council
    414.651.0508
    jean@jeansclaystudio.com


    For Immediate Release - April 27, 2020 -   Summer and fall are prime selling seasons for many fine craft artists.  With art fairs postponed and local shops closed due to the COVID emergency, the Wisconsin Designer Craft Council (WDCC), a statewide membership organization dedicated to fostering excellence in fine crafts, has responded with a new initiative to encourage supporting Wisconsin artists.  


    The WDCC  launched today “Shop Wisconsin Fine Crafts,”  an on-line shopping experience making it easier to buy from state-wide fine craft artisans.    

    Shop Wisconsin Fine Craft
    www.wdcc.org


    Mother’s Day Promotion   April 27 - May 10
    Shop for Mom and Support Local Artists

    Shoppers can select from  jewelry (earrings, pins, necklaces, rings, bracelets), wooden jewelry boxes, ceramic mugs and bowls, gift cards, mixed media, leather bags, quilted table runners, and so much more.    All artists will donate a portion of their Mother’s Day Promotion sales to Arts Wisconsin, supporting state-wide arts organizations!

    WDCC Board Chair and Wisconsin Potter Jean Wells: “Our communities are responding positively to supporting artists and small businesses online. Many of our artists have had to hustle to make the switch to online sales; we hope the public will also make the switch to buying handmade online not only for quality gifts but also to support small business owners around the state.” 

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    About the Wisconsin Designer Craft Council

    In existence since 1916, The Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council (WDCC) is a statewide membership organization dedicated to fostering excellence in fine crafts and making them more significant in the cultural life of Wisconsin.   WDCC hosts the annual Morning Glory Art Fair, a nationally-recognized juried exhibition attracting over a hundred fine craft artist, in Milwaukee  

     

    WDCC’s mission is to promote Wisconsin’s fine craft by:

    • Providing public access to quality crafts through exhibitions, programs, and fairs.

    • Sustaining appreciation for fine craft through educational outreach.

    • Encouraging excellence in fine craft.

    • Nurturing creative growth through an interchange of ideas.

    • Supporting fellowship among Wisconsin’s craftspeople through the networking of members. 

  • 27 Feb 2020 9:57 PM | Robert Dickey

    Most people are aware that the Democratic National Convention is coming to Milwaukee in July 2020. This is a great event and will bring thousands of people and millions of dollars to the city. The Milwaukee Bucks organization, owner of Fiserv Forum and the adjacent plaza where we held the 2019 Morning Glory Art Fair, were confident that there would be no impact on Morning Glory. What was not taken into consideration was the impact on many other large events in the city, and the need to reschedule them from their traditional times, to accommodate the DNC. Morning Glory finds itself losing our prime show space and being surrounded by potential competing activities.

    Our primary concern of WDCC's Morning Glory is the success of our artists. After multiple meetings over the last weeks and discussion of all options, we were not able to develop a strategy that would work to host the Morning Glory Art Fair for this year. Accordingly, and with great reluctance, the Morning Glory Committee and the WDCC Board of Directors have made the difficult decision to not have a show in 2020.

    Zapplication will refund artists who have submitted application and booth fees. Artists who were jury exempt for 2020 will be extended that status for 2021.

    We are already planning for Morning Glory Art Fair 2021 at the plaza in front of Fiserv Forum for the weekend of August 14-15 and look forward to seeing you all then. In the meantime, we wish you a great season of success with your business and greatly appreciate your continued support.


  • 20 Feb 2020 6:27 PM | Robert Dickey

    Time to firm up your Wisconsin art fair plans!!!

    WAAC Art Fair Off the Square .. Application deadline - March 2nd

    Applications are now available on ZAPP for both the 41st Annual Art Fair Off the Square to be held July 11th and 12th and the 31st Annual Winter Art Fair Off the Square to be held on November 14th and 15th in Madison, Wisconsin.
    These juried fairs are sponsored by the Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople, Inc., a non-profit, tax-exempt organization which promotes visual arts in Wisconsin.




  • 06 Jan 2020 9:30 PM | Jean Smaglik Wells (Administrator)


    "Makers & Masters.....Tradition in Transition"
    Featuring pieces by 53 Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council members displaying the wide array of art being created in the Fine Craft fields from Wisconsin and the Mid-West.

    Whether one is a fine craft artist through vocation or avocation, pursuing a career or a life enriching passion, the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council has served Wisconsin’s fine craft community for 104 years. In that time, the organization has changed and evolved, spurred by the needs of our members and the times in which they worked, while continuing to offer sales and exhibition opportunities, workshops and professional development programs.

    Come and see what our current members are creating! For the first time, participating members were encouraged to create collaborative works for the Exhibition. 12 collaborations were created.
    Voting for the People's Choice award for Best Collaboration will begin January 24 and remain open through March 6. The winners will be announced at the WDCC Annual Members Meeting on Friday, March 20th at the Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee.

    January 24 - March 6, 2020
    Plymouth Art Center
    , 520 E Mill Street, Plymouth, WI 53073


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