Emerging Artists

Each year, the Wausau Festival of Arts selects an emerging artist to display and sell his or her work at the Festival. It is an opportunity for an artist who is new to the outdoor art festival scene to experience his or her first outdoor festival, and meet fellow artists and possible mentors. This year, we are pleased to introduce two new Festival artists, Janet Skinner and Alex Heiden as our featured emerging artists. Be sure to stop by the emerging artist booths on the 400 Block while you are downtown enjoying the Festival. Janet and Alex are grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to sharing their work with you.

Janet Skinner

Alex Heiden



Janet has been creating art for over 40 years in almost every medium throughout her career. I specialize in Acrylic, Airbrush, and Mixed Media. She has attended the University Of Wisconsin River Falls – Art Major --1978-79 and the Rhinelander School of Arts --- 1983-84. Her individual works are in private collections around the United States and Spain.


Alex attributes many life lessons to his Catholic upbringing and the grace his father, Tony, showed him as a boy. It was Tony, a metal fabricator, who showed Alex the basics of mechanics and metalwork. After high shcool graduation, Alex continued his education at UW Stevens Point majoring in art and design. His work has been on display at UWSP art shows and local private collections.