Planters on Main - 2022

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.

What's Happening Now?

All 10 Planters have been completed and are currently on display at the Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce until September 15th. This years artists are:

  • John Olthafer
  • Todd Miller
  • Don Spencer
  • Kayla Proctor
  • Abby Wilson
  • Becca Kornstedt (2 pieces)
  • Katherine Ikaunieks
  • Michelle Butcher
  • Micaela Horning & Katie Pinzon

What's Happening Next?

2022 Art on Main Auction - CLICK HERE!

  • Bidding begins at $300.00 per piece with bidding increments of $25.00.
  • Auction will remain open until Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 6:00 PM.
  • Payment must be made in the form of Cash/Check made payable to Village of Waunakee.

Planters will be placed on display at Endres Manufacturing Company during WauktoberFest from September 16th - 18th. 


Monday, April 4th: Submissions from Artists Open
Friday, April 29th : Submissions from Artists Due to
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 15th - Planters on display at Waunakee Area Chamber of Commerce(100 E Main Street)
Sept. 16th - Sept. 18, 2022 - Planters will be on display at Endres Manufacturing Company during WauktoberFest. 
Sunday, September 18, 2022 - 6:00 PM - Auction Closes at 6:00 PM. Winners will be notified on Monday, September 19th.