About Us

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.

Mission Statement

To deliver an exceptional and inspirational experience.

Vision Statement

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.

Alice O´Connor, Chair

Principal, Constituency Services Inc.

Judy Karofsky, Vice-Chair

Principal, Real Estate Insites, LLC

Jim Ring, Secretary

President/CEO, Park Towne

Angela Bozo

Education Director, International Dairy Deli Bakery Assn.

Glenn Krieg

Chief Financial Officer, Morgan Murphy Media

Brent McHenry

Executive Director, Alliant Energy Center

Areliano Montes

General Manager, Food Fight Restaurant Group, Canteen

Andrea Nilsen

Business Development and Director of Racquet Sports, Cherokee Country Club

Steven Peters