Milwaukee Regional Art Fair 2012
Milwaukee Regional Art Fair Purpose
Today, more than ever, students are inundated with images from a variety of sources.
Television, movies, magazines, the internet, and other sources disperse these images,
effectively creating a visual culture. As educators, it is imperative that we educate students
on the culture that surrounds them; Art classes provide that opportunity.
Art teaches students to decipher, interpret, understand, and create images that
shape the world around them. In addition, Art allows students to develop problem solving abilities,
enhance performance skills, see the world from different perspectives, and formulate
new and exciting ideas. Overall, art is communication through imagery,
and it is important that we continue to teach this visual language in our schools.
The Milwaukee Regional Art Fair (MRAF) is founded on the belief that students
deserve the opportunity to create and communicate their ideas through art.
Part of the artistic process is public display of one’s work, and MRAF provides that
opportunity. Students and teachers submit works to the preliminary judging stage,
from which the final show is selected. During the preliminary process, independent
jurors select the best work from High School two-dimensional and three-dimensional
art, and Middle School two-dimensional and three dimensional art. Final selections will be displayed
in the Milwaukee Regional Art Fair, and an independent juror will determine overall awards.
MRAF recognizes the importance of publicly displaying student art, as it provides an
opportunity for students and teachers to gain recognition for their dedication,
allows the public to witness the impressive art being created in schools, and
builds confidence and character in young artists.
Student voices need to be heard, and their art needs to be shown.
MRAF Event Coordinator