Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center opened its doors after nearly 60 years of debate on July 18, 1997. It was first designed by Wisconsin native and internationally-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1938 as a cultural, governmental and recreational building. Wright reworked the design several times between 1938 and 1958 before signing off on the final plans seven weeks before his death in 1959.
Madison voters approved referenda to construct Monona Terrace – on the same site Wright had originally proposed – as a community and convention center in 1992. While Wright´s design was used for the building´s exterior, the interior was redesigned by Wright apprentice and Taliesin architect Tony Puttnam to house state-of-the-art exhibition, meeting and public space.
Today, nearly 390,000 people say “see you at Monona Terrace” each year. From formal events like conventions and conferences to public events like Dane Dances, Monona Terrace has a wide geographic draw, attracting local, regional, state and international events each year.
To deliver an exceptional and inspirational experience.
To be a globally recognized facility of distinction, offering endless possibilities and extraordinary service.
Board of Directors
The Monona Terrace is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors committed to the ongoing success of the facility.
Judy Karofsky, Chair
Principal, Real Estate Insites, LLC
Jim Ring, Vice-Chair
President/CEO, Park Towne
Andrea Nilsen, Secretary
Business Development and Director of Racquet Sports, TPC Wisconsin
Principal, AGUAYO LLC. Chief of Advocacy and Policy, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
Director of Member Programs, for INFRA
Director, Alliant Energy Center
Dane County Supervisor and State Representative
Chief Financial Officer, Morgan Murphy Media
General Manager, Food Fight Restaurant Group, Canteen
Division Administrator, WI Department of Workforce Development
Independent, Nonprofit Organization Management Professional
President, Unfinished Business, LLC
North Central Group, Regional Vice President of Operations
Alderperson, City of Madison
For more information on the activities of the Monona Terrace Board of Directors, including meeting schedules, agendas, minutes and upcoming vacancies and opportunities to serve, visit the City of Madison Website