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Exhibitions

The Madison Arts Commission is pleased to present exhibitions of local, regional, and national artists throughout the Madison Municipal Building (MMB) and the City-County Building (CCB). Spaces include highly trafficked public waiting areas and service counters, as well as conference rooms, hallways, and private offices. The Madison Arts Commission determines exhibitions through either competitive open calls or invited guest curators. Artwork must be either two-dimensional, ready to hang, framed works of art, or three-dimensional works of art that can be safely and securely displayed in a public space.

The city exhibition program is a service to the Madison arts community and the general public. There are no application or space rental fees to exhibit at MMB or CCB.
 

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Current Exhibitions


Imprinted in Madison: Artists Making Their Mark

February 25, 2022 – February 17, 2023
Madison Municipal Building, 215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Madison WI 53703
Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM

Imprinted in Madison: Artists Making Their Mark features prints by contemporary artists whose paths brought them to or through Madison. UW-Madison has the top printmaking MFA program in the country and the UW's Tandem Press produces fine art editions of prints by internationally renowned artists. As a result of these two outstanding institutions, many emerging and prodigious printmakers come to Madison to study, teach, or produce prints. In that way, Madison subtly affects the artist and in turn the artist impacts our city, creating an influential cultural nexus. To celebrate the importance of printmaking within our local arts ecology and honor some of the printmakers who have made or are making their mark on Madison, the 2022 Municipal Building Exhibition showcases a wide variety of prints and printmaking processes from internationally exhibited artists and locally celebrated printmakers alike.

Explore the virtual exhibition. 

The exhibition includes work from:

  • Eric Ballies
  • Chuck Bauer
  • Tyanna Buie
  • Barry Carlsen
  • Rachel Durfee
  • Anwar Floyd Pruitt
  • John Hitchcock
  • Barbara Justice
  • Amos Paul Kennedy
  • Sara Meredith
  • Henry Obeng
  • Merikay Payne
  • Yvette Pino
  • Benjamin Pollock
  • Roberto Torres Mata
Portraits With a Purpose

June 8, 2022 – December 6, 2022
4th Floor, Mayor’s Office Hallway, City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Madison WI 53703
Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM

Rae Senarighi, aka Transpainter, presents Portraits With a Purpose, celebrating unapologetic portraiture of vibrant transgender and non-binary power and spreading joyful presentations and meditations worldwide.

Rae is a champion of storytelling through art, as a fine artist, designer, muralist, cancer survivor working towards accurate and celebratory representation of the trans community. Rae currently resides in Madison, WI, but he makes a lasting impact throughout the world. His art has been featured in a wide range of art galleries, museums and universities, including international press and a Netflix special, as well as hundreds of billboards throughout the United States.

Explore the virtual exhibition. 

Last Updated: 07/06/2022

Contact

Madison Arts Commission
Madison Municipal Building
Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development
215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 
P.O. Box 2985
Madison, WI 53701-2985

madisonarts@cityofmadison.com