Don't be invisible on our site

Getting your images and info onto the WVA Website

If you have not visited WisconsinVisualArtists.com recently, you will notice a new menu system and a make over that includes mapping of shows and a front page designed to make WVA events more prominent. If you dig deeper into the site you will find a lot of content provided by our members.

You might ask how can a non-technical person such as myself post information on the WVA website. The procedure is not as difficult as you might imagine. What you need is access to the internet and email (actually email is not necessary but it helps). Here is the procedure for putting your member news on the website.

Your username is your name as it appears in our database. If you are not sure exactly how you are listed. Click on “search for an artist” (a submenu of members) and search for yourself. Your password was randomly generated. To get your password go to the login page (the link labeled “members”) On that page there is a link labeled “lost password reminder.” Use that link to have your password emailed to you. If WVA does not have your email on record there will be a warning message stating that is the case. If your email is not on record or you would like to use the system but do not use email, please give me a call and I will get you going (608-255-0201)

Once you have your username and password you are ready to log in. A successful log in will lead you to the welcome page where you will be presented with a series of options. Choose “add member news.” This will lead you to a page of instructions regarding adding member news. After reading through the instructions you will find links at the bottom of that page to forms for adding different types of member news. Choose a link appropriate to the type of member news you would like to post (i.e. if you are posting news about an exhibit click "professional exhibit").

Once you have completed the form describing your news item you will be taken to a page that confirms what you just entered and shows how the post will look in different formats. If your event has a location, a map should appear on the confirmation page. If the map appears blank you might want to check the address. If you happen to spot an error there is an option to edit what you just wrote. You may also log in at some later date and edit or delete a news item if need be.

Once you have posted your member news it will appear in the appropriate section of the site (ie. classes on the classes page, exhibits on the exhibits page.) Aside from awards news items will no longer be posted on the website once the event or exhibition is over. The news item will also be available to people who find your name in the “search for an artist” page. The news will be listed on the page titled “more about ....”

I realize that passwords and usernames are things that make some artists break out in a cold sweat, but it is my hope that usefulness of this tool will outweigh these burdens. I would hope that if you see postings that contain errors you would inform the member who made the post.

WVA editor Doug Haynes can be reached at
haynes@emeraldstudio.com