Art Poster

Each year for over five decades, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission's annual art poster has showcased a different, talented local artist. This tradition lives on in 2016. Poster donations help support the Commission's mission and programs: fostering public participation, increasing access, and forging alliances in support of local arts, culture and history. Production of the poster was generously supported by Alliant Energy.


2016 Art Poster

 2015 Art Poster

Hide N' Seek, by Judy Patenaude, is an alcohol ink representation of the varied waterfowl and seasonal color accessible to all of us along Dane County’s Lake Monona’s Squaw Bay, Yahara River and Nine Springs Creek.  Judy Patenaude spent more than half her WI life, living in Dane County, trying to artistically re-interpret the essence of its natural land/water beauty.  Such water/land scenes continue to captivate and inspire her.

Artist Judy Patenaude


Judy enjoyed a 30-year professional career as a Graphic Designer/Illustrator at the WI Historical Society.  While raising her family in Mt. Horeb and working full-time, she dedicated many years to community arts organizing.  Ms. Patenaude founded the Mt. Horeb Art Fair, now in its 45th year.  In the 1990s, she co-founded the Mt. Horeb Area Arts Council, still active today under the auspices of the Mt. Horeb Chamber of Commerce.  Former Dane County Cultural Affairs Director, Lynn Eich was a key supporter and cheerleader during the startup of both organizations. Without her counsel and hand-holding neither organization would have been sustainable.Ms. Patenaude earned a BS (emphasis in Graphics) from the UW-Madison.  Upon retiring from her professional arts job, Judy now focuses on creating watercolor and mixed media art.  Her December, 2014 one-person show in the Ballweg Gallery, Goodman Community Center was highly successful.  Judy is a member of WRAA (WI Regional Artists Association); a participant in WRAP (WI Regional Arts Programs); and a winner of a State Award in 2015 and an Honorable Mention in 2016.  In 2014, her artwork was published in the Midwest Prairie Review and Madison’s Eastside News bi-monthly publication.  Since 2013, her artwork has been displayed in several galleries around the state.


2016 Poster Unveiling




Poster Distribution Locations


The 2016 art poster is available to the public by voluntary donation at locations throughout Dane County as follows:

  • Cultural Affairs Commission Office, Room 421, City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Please call 608-266-4114 for more information regarding the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission's annual art poster. 
  • Municipal poster distribution sites include the city halls of Fitchburg, Middleton, Monona, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, and Verona; the village halls of Belleville, Cambridge, Cottage Grove, Deerfield, Marshall, Mazomanie, McFarland, Mount Horeb, Shorewood Hills, and Waunakee, and the town halls of Blooming Grove, Dunn, Dunkirk, Middleton, Springfield, Sun Prairie, and Westport.
  • Four Dane County framing shops are serving as poster distribution sites and in partnership with the Commission offering custom framing discounts for this year’s art poster: Monroe Street Framing (1901 Monroe Street, Madison (255-7330), Douglas Art & Framing (3238 University Avenue, Madison (441-9948), and Megan’s Custom Framing in Madison (1941 Winnebago Street, Madison (709-1322), and Meuer Art & Picture Frame Company in Middleton (8448 Old Sauk Road, Middleton (833-3337).

Poster specs: 22" (width) 28" (height).  The 2016 art poster was produced with financial support from Alliant Energy and designed by Steve Wagner.


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