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Considering Joing AVA. . . What is AVA?
AVA is a fledgling organization of growing artists, young and old. As an organization, we do not consider experience a prerequisite to participation. Whether you have a formal art background or you are just getting started, we feel you have something to contribute.

If you are interested in becoming a member of AVA should stop by the AVA Gallery at the Langlade County Historical Museum, 404 Superior St. Antigo and pick-up an application form. Membership forms can also be downloaded here.

Antigo Visual Arts is a group of diversified artists. Currently our membership includes painters working in mixed media, acrylics, oils, watercolors, pastels, pencil, mosaics and more. We also have potters, photographers, sculptors, woodcarvers, fabric artists, even metal fabricators. As you can see, regardless of your medium you are welcome to join AVA.

AVA sponsors two judged art shows a year that are open to the public. We also have two art exhibits that are only open to AVA members. The exhibits are not judged, they exist to showcase the work of any AVA member who chooses to participate.

AVA also coordinates the Antigo Art in the Library program. We provide artists who work with the library staff to assist in displaying and changing-out artwork several times a year. You do not need to be an AVA member to display your work in the Library. If you are interested, you can download the Art in the Library exhibit form here.

An AVA member is an artist who has elected to join AVA by paying their annual dues. AVA memberships are $25 for a single membership, $35 for a family membership, or $15 for a student membership. Student memberships are open to artists 15 to19 years of age. They can be full-time students enrolled in an accredited school or home schooled.

AVA membership offers, not only AVA artists, but all area artists several benefits. Funds generated by dues-paying artists has allowed AVA to. . .

    Provide an identity to area artists
    Provide a learning experience for artists at all levels
    Host judged shows with cash awards
    Provide funds for cash awards and ribbons
    Contribute to Art in the Library through a cash donation to the Library Foundation

With the opening of each show AVA has an informal wine and cheese reception where the public has an opportunity to meet the artists. This also provides an opportunity for all AVA artists to get together to visit, discuss art, their families, life in the North Woods and just about anything else that happens to come up. AVA members meet at a local restaurant for an informal dinner meeting the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Please check our AVA Events page for up to date information. You can also Email Us

Our mission is simple . . . "We envision an arts-based community partnership in which every citizen has opportunities to explore, experience, and develop an appreciation for the visual arts in order to maximize their potential."

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