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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 at MMOCA for the month of May each year for Celebrating 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 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 suggested
  • Acceptable mediums include:
    • Watercolor
    • Pastels (chalk or oil)
    • Oil paint
    • Acrylic paint
    • Ink or pencil drawing
    • Print making
    • Mixed media, including fabric art

How Do I Register?

  1. Print and complete your registration form
  2. Submit your form and the $25 entry fee* by the due date in person or by mail to:

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

*Entrance fees must be cash or checks. 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:  Tentative April 24, 2018, 9am - 3pm

Official Exhibit Opening: Gallery Night, May 4, 2018

Exhibit free and open to the public

Artist Pick up from Senior Center: Will schedule in 2018


Best of Show - $100 gift card
Award of Excellence (1) - $75 gift card
Judges’ Choice (3) - $50 gift card
Honorable Mention (3) - $25 gift card
Round of Applause Ribbons (6)

Cash prizes will be awarded as gift cards to Artist & Craftsman Supply