Art contest opportunity for Wisconsin public school students

Madison – Whimsical Wonder is the theme of the ninth annual student art contest sponsored by WEA Member Benefits and the WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc.
Young artists are encouraged to think outside the box and embrace the theme in their unique and imaginative ways. This could be a carnival where curiosities come to life, or floating islands suspended in the sky. The choices are as boundless as the artist’s imagination.
Monetary prizes from the WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc., will be awarded to 11 student winners, with one student artist receiving the “Loeymae Lange Best in Class” award. The “Best in Class” award is named in memory of Loeymae Lange, a former art teacher at Cooper Elementary School in Burlington, Wis. Her brother, Dr. Paul Lange, and his wife, June, continue to honor Loeymae’s legacy by establishing an endowment gift to the WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc. to honor her love for the arts and all she did to inspire students. Her legacy will live on through this generous gift in the form of monetary prizes for art contest winners.
“The theme for this contest is both fascinating and inspiring. It challenges young artists to explore new concepts, experiment with different mediums, and push the boundaries of their imaginations,” said David Kijek, WEA Member Benefits President and CEO. “It’s wonderful to be able to recognize and reward talented students and teachers in Wisconsin, and we thank the Langes for the additional financial support to be able to do so. We hope other individuals will join in donating to the Foundation to help fund future opportunities for budding artists.”
The deadline to enter the 2024 student art contest is Friday, May 3, 2024. Finalists will be announced soon after the contest closes in May. For more information about the art contest, including contest rules, eligibility, and art submission, visit
WEA Member Benefits provides Wisconsin public school employees with personal insurance and retirement and investment programs, operating as a trust that reinvests profits back into programs that benefit participants. The WEA Member Benefits Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity supporting public education through grants and charitable donations to public educators, public schools, and the communities they serve. More information can be found at

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