150 Years on Main

Waunakee’s 7th 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 seventh annual Waunakee Public Art Project. Last year’s project, Butterflies on Main, was successful in continuing to build upon the creative and innovative identity of Waunakee. The Village and its partners would like to build on this project and see it taken even further, expanding on the last 150 years of Waunakee’s heritage.

This year’s project aims to highlight Waunakee’s history and heritage over the last 150 years. Endres Mfg. Company will once again donate time, labor, and materials to provide our artists with steel cutouts. 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 various locations around the village and then auctioned off at the end of summer.  For further details and how to apply, see below.

Project Description:

Artists will be assigned a blank steel cutout with the words "Waunakee 150 - 1871-2021" which will be mounted on a 3 foot steel base. 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.


Finished pieces will be displayed around the Village at various locations through the summer. After display is over, 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 included with the pieces when they are sold. After the pieces are removed from view, they will be auctioned off to the community either virtually or at Wauktoberfest. 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 last 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

How to Apply:

To apply, please send a proposal via email to: kwest@waunakee.com with “Waunakee 150th 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 piece. Explain why you are interested in participating and how you will create a piece that is relative to Waunakee's history. The artist is free to determine what history theme, composition, and materials.  
  • All designs must be weatherproof. The pieces will potentially 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.

 Please no mailed submissions*  

Waunakee 150 Steel Cutout - Final

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 pieces based on a list of pre-determined criteria. This selection criteria will include:

  • Expression of a specific theme related to the history of Waunakee in the last 150 years.
  • 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

Timeline For Project:

Monday, March 1st: Application for Artists Opens
Friday, April 2nd: Submissions from Artists Due by 4:00 PM
Week of April 5th: Selection Committee meets, accepted artists will be notified
Week of April 12th: Cutouts and stipends are picked up by artists.
Thursday, May 13th: Completed pieces are due back (drop-off location TBD)
Monday, May 17th: Pieces go on display at various places in the community
Date TBD: Auction of pieces will occur in September. exact details on auction will be determined.