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Open Call for Artists:
1 West Wilson State Office Building

Photo by Rita Prigioni, San Francisco, CA "Macaw," Photography, Rita Prigioni

Are you a painter, photographer, collage artist, potter, woodworker, beadworker, or other artist? 

We've continuously receive many positive comments about the artwork displayed on the 7th, 6th, B1 and B2 floors, and in the display cabinet on the 1st floor of 1 West Wilson Street, Madison, Wisconsin.

Call for Artists Highlights

We use an "open call for artists" process to solicit new artwork at 1 West Wilson Street. 

There is no deadline. Submit your art proposal when you have artwork available for display. Use these quick links for more information:

Who can apply? 

People who have a connection to the Department of Health Services (DHS):

  • DHS employees;
  • Residents or patients of DHS-operated facilities; or
  • Family and friends of DHS employees.

What type of art will be displayed?

We are looking for art that portrays a positive, uplifting message.

We accept all kinds of two- and three-dimensional media, such as paintings, photographs, collages, drawings, bead work, woodworking, sculptures, pottery, etc.

How long are the display periods?

You may designate the time period to display your artwork. To the extent possible, artwork will be guaranteed to be displayed for at least 3 months. If you desire your artwork to be displayed longer than 3 months, the Art Display Team will honor that request unless there are other artists who have requested their artwork be displayed during your proposed extended time period (beyond 3 months). The Art Display Team reserves the right for final decision-making for the length of the art exhibit.

  • NOTE: During September - November of each year, the Display Cabinet on the first floor may be reserved for the Department's Partners in Giving Charitable Campaign, and may not be available for artists.

Where are the display areas located?

View the Space Requirements for a description of where the display areas are located, the type of space available, dimensions, etc.

What are the application requirements?

Interested eligible artists need to electronically submit an application. View the Application Requirements for more information.

What is the review and selection process?

  • The Art Display Team will review all proposals electronically received.
  • The Team reserves the right to refuse or limit any works submitted.
  • One of the Team members will electronically notify each applicant as to whether their proposal was accepted or not.

Who to contact?

If you have any questions, send an email to

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Last Revised:  March 12, 2014