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Master Traditional Artists Recognized


Master Traditional Artists Recognized

The Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) announces awards to ten of Wisconsinís outstanding folk artists. These artists are respected practitioners of traditional art forms that are important to diverse cultural communities in Wisconsin.  They have agreed to take on one or more apprentices for one year of intense instruction and mentorship, concluding in a community presentation.  These awards are made through the WABís Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program, with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Fiscal Year 2014 awardees and apprentices are:

  • Book binder Florian Bieschke of Arbor Vitae with apprentice Emily Umentum of Woodruff
  • West African Drummer Koffi Zoe Dogbevi of Madison with apprentices Homnaka Akpandsa of Madison and Komi Wodeke of Madison
  • Quilter Patricia L. Ehrenberg of Ripon with apprentice Laura Wild of Ripon
  • West African Dancer Edward Kwasi Gbordzi of Fond du Lac with apprentices Lindsay Adjavor of Madison, Delphine Vakunta of Madison and Maria Alice Jesson of Middleton
  • Rosemaler Andrea Herkert of Belleville with apprentice Nancy Odalen of Stoughton
  • Iroquois Beader Karen Ann Hoffman of Stevens Point with apprentice Rodrick Elm of Stevens Point
  • Woodland Flute Maker Frank Montano of Bayfield with apprentice Richard J. LaFernier of Bayfield
  • Carnatic Indian Singer Vanitha Suresh of Middleton with apprentices Amit Fajesh of Madison and Srihari S. Gopalan of Madison
  • Wheat weaver Sidonka Wadina of Lyons with apprentices Germaine Bilicki of Richfield, Kathleen Zielinski of Milwaukee, and Kate Bilicki of Richfield
  • Qeeg musician Vong Yang of Sheboygan with apprentices Meng Vue of Sheboygan and Meng Yang of Sheboygan

The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage. Click here for more information on the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program.