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Entry Guidelines        How Do I Register?         Dates to Remember       Awards

An Artful Affair is an annual event put on by the Madison Senior Center showcasing the work of artists aged 55 and older. The artwork is displayed in the gallery on the second floor of the senior center for the month of May in celebration of Older Americans Month.

We welcome all interested artists to enter for a chance to win one of 14 awards, including cash prizes for the top eight recipients! Judges are selected from the local community.

Entry Guidelines

  • Open to Dane County artists, 55 or older
  • All artists must complete registration form and
  • Pay the $25 registration fee
  • Artwork submitted at previous An Artful Affair shows cannot be entered
  • Up to three works of art may be submitted
  • Finished, framed artwork must not exceed 3’x3’
  • Artists may sell their work. A 10% donation to the Madison Senior Center is expected
  • Artwork Categories
    • Painting: All paintings (acrylic, oil, watercolor)
    • Sculpture and other 3D (Ceramics, fiber art)
    • Ink/Pencil Drawings, Print Making, Pastels

How Do I Register?

  1. Print and complete your registration form.
  2. Submit your form and the $25 entry fee* on the drop-off date in person

Madison Senior Center Foundation, Inc
330 W. Mifflin St.
Madison, WI 53703

*Entrance fees may be cash, check, mastercard or visa. Please make checks payable to Madison Senior Center.

Entry Disclaimer: The Madison Senior Center (MSC) respects and values each art object and takes special precautions in handling and displaying the art. However, all entering artists display their work at their own risk with no responsibility for damages assumed by the MSC.

Dates to Remember

Registration and Drop Off: April 24, 2018, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Official Exhibit Opening: Gallery Night, May 4, 2018

Exhibit free and open to the public

Artist Pick up art from the Senior Center on Friday, June 1, 9:00am - 3:00pm.


Best of Show (3) - $100 gift card  [one per category]
Judges’ Choice (2) - $50 gift card
Honorable Mention (3) - $25 gift card
Round of Applause Ribbons (6)

Cash prizes may be awarded as gift cards to a local art supply store.