MAC builds the Madison Public Art Program through direct commissions for capital projects by way of the Percent for Art Ordinance and Capital Budget, and supports additional neighborhood based public art initiatives through the Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) and BLINK (temporary art projects).
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South Pinckney Street Median Public Sculpture Project
The Madison Arts Commission (MAC) has selected Minnesota-based metal artist Sunghee Min to create a pair of sculptures in a new median in the 200 block of S Pinckney Street. Min’s works Greeting Arc I & Greeting Arc II will flank the crosswalk leading across the median between the current NoVo Apartment complex and the soon-to-be constructed hotel on the north side of Pinckney. The median will be completed in 2023.
Art in Public Places (AIPP)
Learn more about AIPP by exploring Grants & Opportunities.
BLINK Temporary Public Art Commissions
Learn more about BLINK by exploring Grants & Opportunities.
Percent for Arts Program
Utility Box Program
The Madison Arts Commission intends for the Utility Box Program to highlight, encourage, and promote local artists by giving them exposure in the public realm. The project began in 2016, when MAC and the Downtown Coordinating Committee authorized a pilot to wrap four City owned utility boxes with artwork. Over twenty more boxes were wrapped in 2017/2018. Due to the positive public reaction, MAC has continued the program. Currently, there are more than 60 wrapped boxes throughout the city.
Neighborhood demand for this program currently exceeds available resources. To help grow this popular program citywide, Friends of Madison Arts Commission has started a fundraising campaign. Wrapping of 14 more utility boxes has been funded so far.
Explore the Utility Box Collection or learn more about the program.
Selections from the Public Art Program
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