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Considering Joing AVA. . .
What is AVA: Antigo Visual Arts is a 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.

AVA Mission: 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.

Membership Forms:
If you are interested in becoming a member of AVA you may stop by the AVA Gallery at the Langlade County Historical Museum, 404 Superior St., Antigo and pick-up an application form. While you are at it, visit the gallery. You will probably see where your art work would fit in perfectly. Membership forms can also be downloaded here.


AVA Artists: 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.

2019 AVA Gallery Shows: In 2019, AVA is sponsoring three judged art shows. All three shows are open to the public. You do not have to join AVA to enter your work in a judged art show, but entry fees are reduced for AVA members.

Sell Your Work: Entries for all AVA shows must be priced. Details are on each show entry form. While AVA receives some income from its membership dues, it also depends on income from the sale of artwork to meet expenses. For this reason, we cannot accept entries that are NFS (not for sale). We ask our artists to price their work realizing that they will receive 75% of the price. The remaining 25% goes to AVA. Antigo Visual Arts then gives half of this amount or 12.5% to the Langlade County Historical Museum.

AVA Awards: All judged shows feature ribbons and cash awards for first, second and third place. Honorable mention ribbons are given at the discretion of the judge. The amount of the cash awards is determined by the number of entries. Entry fees are the primary source of funding for the cash awards.

AVA Receptions:
Every judged show has a reception. AVA receptions are always open to the public. Cash awards along with a ribbon are presented to the winning artists at the reception. If the artist is not present he/she will receive their cash award by mail within 15 days. The ribbon remains with the artwork in the gallery until the next show. AVA receptions also provide 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.

2019 Holiday Gift Shop: This year, the AVA Gallery is also is hosting a Holiday Gift Shop. Participation in the Gift Shop is only available to AVA members.

Art in the Library: 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.


AVA Members: 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. Scholarships are available for student artists.

AVA Meetings: 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.

Community Benefits: Your 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


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