Call to Artists for the Historic Wabeno Art Exhibit

Hosted by the Friends of Wabeno

In 2022, the Friends of Wabeno will host the 2nd Annual Historic Wabeno Art Exhibit. The Art Exhibit is open to anyone who would like to create an original piece of artwork highlighting the Northwoods of Wisconsin’s history, landscape, natural wonders, artifacts, Native American Community, folk lore, natural resources including the lakes, rivers and trout streams and display them in an Art Gallery at the Wabeno Logging Museum.

Artists have an opportunity to sell their work during a 3-month gallery exhibit at the Wabeno Logging Museum. The categories are:

  • Oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pencil
  • metal, wood, fabric, ceramic
  • Folk and Traditional Art- any medium

Art Exhibit Guidelines:

Important Dates:

May 15; applications due  (application here online)

June 1 – 6;  Drop artwork off at Wabeno Logging Museum between 10:30am and 4:30pm

June 10- Sept. 5; Historic Wabeno Art Exhibit at the Wabeno Logging Museum.

  1. Artists may download an application from the Wabeno Art and Music (WAM) Fest website ( ) or pick up a copy of the application from the Crandon, Rhinelander, Lakewood or Wabeno Public Libraries.
  2. Artists must register for the Art Exhibit by May 15th. Pleasesubmit a completed application to the Friends of Wabeno, 1729 Linse Rd, Wabeno, WI 54566 or email . An online electronic application is also available at There is no fee to register or submit artwork. Artists will be invited to participate within a week of their submission. *Each entry must be submitted separately. Due to space considerations, artists are asked to enter no more than 4 pieces initially. Other pieces can be submitted after the exhibit has been opened and will be added to exhibit as artwork is sold and space is freed up.
  3. The artwork must be an original art piece, not made from a kit or be considered a craft item.  Artwork displayed in previous exhibits at the Wabeno Logging Museum cannot be entered again.
  4. Each original piece of art must be titled, dated, and signed. Artists are welcome to provide their personal, brief biography and/or business cards with their submission and it will be displayed next to their piece in the gallery. Artwork may be framed or not.
  5. Artwork must be portable and easily moved through a standard 36” door. Artwork may be any size but cannot exceed the dimensions and parameters listed below:
    • Height: not to exceed 60 inches 
    • Width: not to exceed 35 inches 
    • Depth: not to exceed 35 inches
    • Weight: not to exceed 100 pounds
  6. Artists must deliver their completed artworks to the Wabeno Logging Museum between June 1st and 6th 2022. The Wabeno Logging Museum is next to the Wabeno Band Shell on the main street (N. Branch St/Hwy 32)
  7. The proceeds from each piece of sold artwork will be divided, 80% going to the submitting artist and 20% retained by the Friends of Wabeno for ongoing community development initiatives. An artist’s artwork not sold must be picked up by Sept 5th, 2022, or it becomes the property of the Friends of Wabeno.
  8. The Friends of Wabeno’s Historic Art Exhibit reserves the right to review all artwork and accept or decline pieces prior to the show if they would be considered “crafts.” Submit applications early if feasible. The Museum opens Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 27th, 2022.

Historic Art Exhibit Guidelines

Historic Art Exhibit Entry/Application Form

Art Resources and Ideas

Additional Resources to Acquaint You with Wabeno History:
Vintage photos
Mix of vintage and more recent photos of Wabeno
Wisconsin Historical Markers
history of forest and logging, Potawatomi Chief Shopadock
Newer town buildings, boardwalk, Larry Logroller mixed with old
Historical Attractions
A History of Wabeno
Walking Tour of Wabeno’s Historic Logging Community and Parks
Walking Tour of the Historical Logging Town of Wabeno, Wisconsin

Some Ideas and Examples for Art Challenge:

  • 5 ft. tall Outdoor “Larry the Logroller” – creatively painted
  • Brook trout or local birds, water animals, deer in sculpture, fabric, found objects, metal, glass, mosaic, wood
  • 1890’s style quilt or appliqued boardwalk and nature trail landscape
  • Oils/acrylic/chalk/watercolor etc of historic sites, artifacts, Forest County Potawatomi Chiefs
  • 1910 Merry-go-round—any medium—while the ‘horses’ aren’t visible in this photo they are there. The Merry-go-round was powered by steam.