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What is ArtsBuild?

We are a regional program for all types of creative entrepreneurs – including visual artists, composers, musicians, writers, actors, dancers, and choreographers. We connect artists and arts leaders throughout southwest Wisconsin. We advocate for the arts, deliver technical assistance, provide exhibition opportunities, and promote networking.

What do we do?

Advocacy: We strive to keep political, business, and community leaders aware of the importance of the arts industry and its positive impacts on the economic, cultural, and community wellbeing. A robust creative economy and blossoming cultural environment make the region more desirable.

Technical Assistance: We deliver workshops and educational offerings on professional and entrepreneurial skills that artists need. We provide access to local, national, and global resources through our partnerships.

Exhibition Opportunities: We provide a number of programs for visual artists to show and sell their work. We have an annual ArtsBuild members exhibition - as well as additional thematic shows - at the Nohr Gallery on the UW-Platteville campus. We also produce rotating shows at the Capitol offices of our legislators and in local health care facilities.

Networking: We foster communication among artists and arts groups throughout the 7-county region via in-person gatherings. We send email updates with information about grants, workshops, and many other opportunities. Our on-line directory increases not only the visibility of the participating artist, but also their income and sales.

Join Us!

To join our directory, fill out the Participant Questionnaire with your basic information.

Also e-mail three things to

  1. A photo of your work. (Please do not crop or reduce. High resolution jpegs work best.)
  2. A photo of yourself. (Please do not crop or reduce. High resolution jpegs work best.)
  3. Your artist’s statement or biography—about 100 words.