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Artwork at 1 West Wilson

"Doodle 12," marker and pen, Dana B., Hurley School "Doodle 12," marker and pen, Dana B., Hurley School

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is located in the historic State Office Building at 1 West Wilson Street, Madison, Wisconsin. DHS displays program-related themes, as well as artwork (all kinds of media, such as paintings, photographs, collages, drawings, beadwork, woodworking, sculptures, pottery, etc.) by artists connected to DHS such as:

  • DHS employees;

  • Clients of DHS programs;

  • Residents or patients of DHS-operated facilities; or

  • Family and friends of DHS employees.

Art displays and Department-themed exhibits run continuously throughout the year and are located in several areas in the building. Most exhibits are displayed for three or more months at a time. Artists are welcome to sell their pieces once their display periods are completed. Please contact the artist for more information on the sale of displayed artwork.

History of the Art Program

The Art Display Committee was formed in 2009, chaired by Rita Prigioni, Director of Continuity Management, Facilities and Operations. The committee consulted the Wisconsin Arts Board for guidance and advice on how to acquire appropriate artwork and how to display it.

One of the first steps in implementing the art program was acquiring the hanging rod system selected by the committee for 2-D art, and a display cabinet for other pieces. Some of DHS' own craftsman at Mendota Mental Health Institute (MMHI) helped create the beautiful, hand-crafted display cabinet now located near the first floor elevator lobby.

Early 2010 saw a few special displays of historic significance to the 1 West Wilson building and to Wisconsin Women Ceramics. The first full display period began in March of 2010.


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Last Revised:  August 18, 2014