Artist Call for Submissions / Prospectus

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center, Madison, WI, is soliciting submissions from qualified artists for its 2020 rooftop sculpture exhibition. Previous submissions may be viewed here.

We seek works that engage visitors and work in tandem with the element of organic architecture on which Wright focused when creating the glass-centric façade of Monona Terrace, captivating visitors with sweeping views from our location on the isthmus, nestled between our State Capitol and Lake Monona.
Six sculptures will be chosen for a seasonal rooftop exhibition, May – October 2020. Selected artists receive $1,350 for loaning the work for the seven-month period.


  • To increase awareness and understanding of public art
  • To present a free and accessible art experience for people of all ages
  • To enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Madison
  • To promote Monona Terrace and the City of Madison as a cultural destination for visitors, artists and residents
  • To provide a showcase for sculpture in the public sphere


Sculptures will be located in high traffic public environment with unsupervised audiences and must:

  • Be original, have been created within five years and not previously displayed in Madison, WI.
  • Be appropriate for viewing by residents and visitors of all ages and take into consideration the safety of the audience.
  • Be soundly and professionally constructed of durable and safe components and require no maintenance during the display period.
  • Be suitable for outdoor display in adverse weather conditions – high winds, rain, intense heat, snow and freezing temperatures.
  • Be able to be installed on available sites on the building rooftop that has physical installation restrictions


Sculptures must be able to be physically lifted into raised garden beds and attached to 48” diameter concrete pads. Under 200 pounds is recommended. Due to the nature of the rooftop, no equipment heavier than a golf cart is allowed.


The City of Madison shall maintain insurance coverage on the work for vandalism, theft, or damage while on site. David Wells Creative Services LLC will maintain insurance coverage on the work during installation and removal of each sculpture.


Deadline for entries: January 15, 2020
Artists notified: January 31, 2020
Sculpture Installation: April 27-30, 2020
Opening Reception: Gallery Night May 1, 2020
Sculpture Removal: November 2-5, 2020


Application is open to US sculptors; application deadline is January 15, 2020. Up to three entries per artist are accepted. There is no application fee.


All submissions must be in electronic format; preference is all information in a single PDF document. Please submit:

  • Images of up to three works, 1-3 views each, in .jpg format with a resolution of 1900 pixels in the widest dimension.
  • A separate document that includes:
    • Artist Name, Address, and Phone Number.
    • Title of Work(s)
    • Dimensions (in feet: Height x Width x Depth)
    • Approximate Weight, footing requirements and method of installation for each work
    • Date work was created
    • Value of the Work
  • Short statement about each work or any other applicable notes.
  • A professional resume including contact information: phone, email, address and web address

Submission materials will become part of the permanent record of the exhibition and will not be returned.

Artist submissions may be made by email All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST January 15, 2020.

Incomplete applications and/or those received after the deadline will not be accepted.

All entrants will be notified of the results of the selection process in a timely manner.


Initial artwork selections will be made by our curator David Wells. Final selections and placements will be made in consultation with Monona Terrace staff.

Curator Bio:

David Wells serves as Gallery Director at Edgewood College, in charge of the art gallery exhibition program and college collections. He is also Artistic Director of GLEAM: Art in a New Light for Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. Wells has pursued interdisciplinary interests as a curator, arts administrator and practicing artist for over 35 years.

In 2014, David curated Reflections: Madison for the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center. He currently serves on the WI Visual Arts Achievement Awards selection panel. Wells has curated exhibitions for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; the Design Gallery, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and Memorial Union Galleries (all UW-Madison); the Dubuque Museum of Art, IA; and Idyllwild Arts, Center for Indigenous Arts, Mt. San Antonio College, Ruth Bachofner Gallery and several other college and civic galleries in the Southern CA/Los Angeles region. He has also been a juror for numerous panels and exhibitions including, among others: Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Fermentation Fest Farm/Art Dtour, Overture Center Galleries, James Watrous Gallery, and the Madison Art Fair on the Square.

About Monona Terrace

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center is located in the heart of Madison’s vibrant downtown on the shore of Lake Monona, two blocks from the Capitol. This spectacular multilevel structure features public promenades, meeting rooms with striking lake views and the attached Hilton Madison Monona Terrace. Gracing the popular rooftop space are 68,000 square feet of gardens that may be reserved for events, in addition to the Lake Vista Café, serving light gourmet fare in warm weather months.Monona Terrace has a well-earned reputation among convention and meeting professionals as one of the finest venues in the U.S. Exceptional atmosphere, award winning catering and leading edge technology make Monona Terrace a favorite of attendees and planners alike. Adding to its appeal, in 2007 Monona Terrace became the first U.S. convention center “green building” certified at the Silver Level by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED-EB) program—and in 2015 Monona Terrace was certified at the Gold Level. Madison’s living piece of art also works for the good of the community by hosting a daily guided tour, three on site visual exhibits, a gift shop as well as a variety of free community programs year round. The Center is open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the William T. Evjue Rooftop Garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting.