Marian University students earn artist merit awards

May 18, 2015

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The Northeast Chapter of Wisconsin Visual Artists announced the award of merit prizes to three students at Marian University. 

Marian students receiving awards include: Ashley Backes of Bowler, a double major in psychology and expressive and therapeutic arts; Ciara Sarauer of Ripon, an expressive and therapeutic arts major; and Christine Newman of Sheboygan, a graphic arts major. 

Each student will receive a gift of $100 and a year’s membership in the Wisconsin Visual Artists organization. 

Since 2010, the NE Chapter of WVA has awarded a yearly prize for outstanding student artwork on the college level. This award is in recognition of the caliber of their art itself and a means of encouragement for graduates to continue their work in the visual arts. 

Wisconsin Visual Artists (WVA) is a not-for-profit membership-based organization made up of visual artists working in a wide variety of media along with supporters of Wisconsin Art. It is united to advance opportunities and services for artists and the general public. It is committed to the importance and value of art and its creation in our society. For more information about Wisconsin Visual Artists, visit