2022 Art on Main

Waunakee’s 8th 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 eighth annual Waunakee Public Art Project. Last year’s project, 150 Years on Main, was successful in continuing to build upon the creative and innovative identity of Waunakee by expanding on the last 150 years of Waunakee’s heritage.

This year’s project is different from our standard cutout, and aims to be more versatile while still highlighting an iconic part of Waunakee’s history and heritage, the Village Park Bridge. Endres Mfg. Company will once again donate time, labor, and materials to provide our artists with steel cutouts. In addition this year, Springfield Welding has offered to prime the pieces for artist's who would like it. This project is significantly different and would not be possible without the generosity of these businesses.  

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 the Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce for the summer. For further details and how to apply, see below.

Project Description:

Artists will be assigned a 4-sided steel planter that is approximately 22 inches tall, with the silhouette of th Village Park bridge at the top of each side.  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. ALL PIECES MUST BE WEATHER RESISTANT AND COATED OR PROTECTED ON ALL SURFACESTO MAINTAIN DURABILITY. Further details on this requirement will be provided to chosen artists. 


Finished pieces will be displayed outside and filled with flowers at the Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce through the summer. 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 attached to the pieces when they are sold. After the pieces are removed from view, they will be auctioned off to the community at Wauktoberfest 2022. 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 previous 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
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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.

Selection Process and Criteria

A panel will review the submissions and select the 10 recipients of planters based on a list of pre-determined criteria. This selection criteria will include:

  • Expression of some kind of theme
  • Creativity and innovative thinking shown in enhancing the simple cutout
  • Integration of final piece into setting
  • Clarity of vision, organization, and realistic completion expectations
  • Artistic merit

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a proposal via email to: kwest@waunakee.com with “Waunakee Art On Main” in the subject line. Applications should include the following:

  • Full artist contact info: Name, email, phone, address     
    • For a team, please include this information for each team member and clearly indicate who the team leader will be
  • 1 page resume or biography
  • Links to artist website, or images of past work if applicable 
    • If submitting images, please format as JPEGs and attach to email  
  • 1-2 page proposal for your planter. Explain why you are interested in participating and what you would do with the piece and why. The artist is free to determine theme, composition, and materials.  
  • All designs must be weatherproofed on ALL SIDES. The planters will be outside rain or shine, 24 hours per day. Please be sure to explain weatherproofing efforts you will take or elements in your design that will ensure durability in all conditions. - NOTE: We will be offering artist's to receive their pieces PRE-PRIMED by Springfield Welding or picked up without any pre-coating to do on their own. 

 Please no mailed submissions*  


Monday, April 4th: Submissions from Artists Open
Friday, April 29th : Submissions from Artists Due to kwest@wauankee.com
Week of May 2nd - 6th: Selection Committee meets, accepted artists will be notified
Week of May 9th - 13th: Planters and stipends are picked up by artists (Pick-up Location TBD)
Thursday, June 30th: Completed pieces due to the Chamber Office by 2:00 PM
Thursday, June 30th: Kick-Off Party @ Chamber
July 1st - September 16th - Planters on display at Waunakee Chamber
Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 3:30 PM: WauktoberFest Art on Main Auction