150 Years on Main

Waunakee’s 7th Annual Public Art Project


The Village of Waunakee, in partnership with the Endres Mfg. Company and the Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce, is happy to announce the seventh annual Waunakee Public Art Project. Last year’s project, Butterflies on Main, was successful in continuing to build upon the creative and innovative identity of Waunakee. The Village and its partners would like to build on this project and see it taken even further, expanding on the last 150 years of Waunakee’s heritage.

This year’s project aims to highlight Waunakee’s history and heritage over the last 150 years. Endres Mfg. Company will once again donate time, labor, and materials to provide our artists with steel cutouts. A $300 stipend (provided by Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce and Village of Waunakee) will be provided to each artist or artist team. Those interested in applying must currently live or work within the school district limits of Waunakee, or be a graduate of the Waunakee Community School District.

All of the finished pieces will be displayed at various locations around the village and then auctioned off at the end of summer.  For further details and how to apply, see below.

Project Description:

Artists will be assigned a blank steel cutout with the words "Waunakee 150 - 1871-2021" which will be mounted on a 3 foot steel base. For exact shape, please see the link below. The artist is completely free to determine theme, materials, and general direction of the final product, based on their proposal.


Finished pieces will be displayed around the Village at various locations through the summer. After display is over, a plaque which will include artist information and credits, as well as information for Endres Mfg. Company and the Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce will be included with the pieces when they are sold. After the pieces are removed from view, they will be auctioned off to the community either virtually or at Wauktoberfest. Proceeds will support projects that benefit the community through the Waunakee Creative Economy Initiative and the Endres Foundation.


  • Continue to develop a sense of place and artistic identity within Waunakee and surrounding regions 
  • Build off of the success of last year’s project and make public art a point of interest for the Village
  • Strengthen the relationship between Waunakee businesses and citizens through art and creativity
  • Promote the downtown area through commerce, partnerships, and increased foot traffic
Waunakee 150 Steel Cutout - Final

Artist Eligibility:

  • The Artist must live or work within the limits of the Waunakee Community School District, or be a graduate of Waunakee Community High School
  • The call is open to professional/amateur/hobby artists and students of all ages
  • Artist teams are eligible for the project: however, a team leader must be selected and made clear in the application material
  • The stipend must be shared with team members 
  • Previous public art experience is not necessary; all who are interested are encouraged to apply.


Each artist or team of artists will be given a $300 stipend for use throughout the project. This includes coverage including but not limited to: supplies, transportation, studio overhead, and more. Any expenses exceeding $300 are the responsibility of the artists to cover. Stipends generously provided by Village of Waunakee, Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce and Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation. Product materials, labor and fabrication of pieces are provided by Endres Manufacturing Company.


  • The 150 Years on Main auction will take place on September 19th at 3:30 PM on the activities stage at Wauktoberfest, located on the Endres Manufacturing grounds (802 S. Century Ave, Waunakee).
  • Live action, in person bidding only. Proxy Bidding can be accommodated. Please contact Kylie West at (608) 850-2182 for more information and to place a bid.
  • Bidders and interested parties are encouraged to attend the live auction on Sunday, September 19th at the Wauktoberfest Celebration on Endres Mfg. grounds.
  • All bidding starts at $300.00
  • If you are the winning bidder, you are obligated to purchase the piece.
  • Purchase payments are due upon completion of the auction on Sunday, September 19th. Acceptable payment forms: cash and checks, made out to the Village of Waunakee.
  • The bid winners will be responsible for transporting their piece from the live auction on the Wauktoberfest grounds to its destination.
  • All proceeds benefit the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation and the Waunakee Creative Economy Initiative


Abby - Front

Abby Wilson

Work Title:
"Waunakee Fire"

Acrylic on Steel

Michelle - Front

 Michelle Butcher

Work Title:
 "Waunakee Natural History"

Mixed Media, Epoxy

John - Front

John Olthafer

Work Title:
"Intarsia Intro"

Hardwoods, Paint, Varnish, Aluminum

Kayla Front

Kayla Proctor

Work Title:
"Waunakee Blessings"

Wood, Acrylic, Acrylic Paint, Epoxy

Micaela - Front

Micaela Horning & Katie Pinzon

Work Title:
"The Change of Peaceful Valley"

Acrylic paint, Spray Paint, Resin, Polymer Clay, Paint Pens, Fabric Roses, Various Flowers

Todd - Front

Todd Miller

Work Title:
"Lineage and Legacy"

Acrylic Paint, Acrylic Paint Markers, Lascaux UV Varnish

Abby Front - 2

Abby Wilson

Work Title:

Acrylic on Steel

Gina - Front

Artist: Gina Tiziani-Beck

Work Title:
"Then & Now - A Community on the Right Track "

Acrylic, Tuule, Misc. Pieces, 

Trudi - Front

Artist: Trudi Ableidinger Leder

Work Title:
"Waunashine "

Media:Primer, Satin Yellow Spray Paint, Sealer, Vinyl, UV Laminate

Abby - Back
Michelle - Back
Kayla - Back
Micaela - Back
Todd - Back
Abby Back - 2
Trudi - Back