Community welcome to compete in 24-Hour Arts Challenge

By UW-Marathon County

The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County (UWMC) is now recruiting community members, high school-age and older, who work well under pressure and won’t be shy about sharing their creative talents with the public as part of its new 24-Hour Arts Challenge, Feb. 17 - 18.

It is the second time UWMC will be hosting the challenge. The first event was held in October 2015.

“Our first 24 Hour Arts Challenge was an overwhelming success, with close to 100 artists participating and another 100 audience members attending the showcase event,” said Julie Bunczak, UWMC coordinator of Lecture & Fine Arts. “We knew right away we needed this to be an annual event.”

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in four categories: visual arts, theatre, creative writing and choir.

The 24-Hour Arts Challenge will start on Friday, Feb. 17, when most contestants will receive their instructions according to the following schedule:

  • 3:00 p.m. – Creative writing participants will receive prompts for an original written piece.
  • 3:30 p.m. - Visual art participants will receive materials and requirements to create a work of art.
  • 5 p.m.,  - Wausau West High School choral director Brad Burrill will receive a set of specifications for a choral piece, which he will complete by 1 p.m. Saturday.

At 1 pm Saturday, members of the 24-Hour Choir, will gather at UWMC to learn Burrill’s arrangement, under the direction of UWMC assistant professor of music Timothy Buchholz.

  • 5:30 p.m. - Friday, theatrical participants will receive specifications for a theatrical production. Individuals may choose to participate as writers, actors, scene designers, directors, or any combination of these roles.

The entire process will culminate in a showcase event Saturday, Feb. 18 in the UW Center for Civic Engagement, 625 Stewart Ave. Art will be on display beginning at 6:30 p.m. and performances of the play, creative writing works and the choral arrangement will follow at 7 p.m. in the James F. Veninga Theater.

The 24-Hour Arts Challenge is open to anyone high school age and older. There is no fee to participate.

To register for one of the categories, interested participants should contact the appropriate professor:

For more information, contact Julie Bunczak, Lecture & Fine Arts coordinator, at 715-261-6278 or




Julie Bunczak