Historic Wabeno Art Challenge

(WABENO, WISCONSIN)  The Friends of Wabeno invite area artists to the 1st Historic Wabeno Art Challenge.  

Call to All Area Artists

The “Historic Wabeno” Art Challenge is open to anyone who would like to create an original piece of artwork showcasing Wabeno’s history and cultures and display their art at the Wabeno Logging Museum over a two-month period this summer.  There will be awards and an opportunity for artists to sell their work.

The Historic Wabeno Art Challenge is designed to encourage area artists to create and share their talents and promote Wabeno’s place in history in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The art challenge will conclude at the 6th Annual Wabeno Art & Music Fest on Saturday August 7, 2021.

Important dates to remember: May 15th, applications due, June 1st-6th, drop artwork off at Wabeno Logging Museum, pick up locations within 75 miles for at least 5 artists are possible, the museum art gallery will open June 7th to August 7th  and art challenge People’s Choice Awards are on August 7th.

Want to create an entry but not sure what you will do, yet?  Feel free to submit a couple of your concepts and the art medium you will use or call us to discuss.

WAM Fest coordinator, Mary Beck, thinks “This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups of artists to share their creative vision of the early years of Wabeno’s history and cultures. Given 2 months to create and then 2 months to show and sell it, provides great exposure for the artist and provides exposure to a variety of art mediums for our community and visitors all in one location!” 

At this time area artists interested in participating are encouraged to apply for the Historic Wabeno Art Challenge online and email or mail to addresses on the application. Feel free to call to discuss further. Art Challenge guidelines, resources, artwork ideas and an online application are available on the Wabeno Art and Music Festival website: wabenoartandmusicfest.org/art_options/ 

If you have questions, contact Mary at mfbeck@charter.net or 608-628-0757 or send a message through the website.

Historic Art Challenge Guidelines

Historic Art Challenge 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.