Design MMoCA

A Biennial Design Showcase, April 30-May 8, 2016

Design MMoCA 2016 Gala
Top Photograph ©Sharon Vanorny
Bottom Photograph ©Darris Harris

View a Slide Show of Design MMoCA 2016
View a Slide Show of Design MMoCA 2014
Slide show photographs ©Darris Harris
View a Slide Show of Design MMoCA 2012
Slide show photographs ©Darris Harris

Design MMoCA celebrates art and design by placing the region’s design community at center stage.  This event allows creative professionals to create designs of unlimited vision – using works from the museum’s permanent collection as inspiration.  Design MMoCA is a unique opportunity for design professionals to develop an idea with a level of creative freedom not typically experienced in day-to-day design work.

Both a fundraiser for MMoCA and a signature event, Design MMoCA will feature many activities during the nine-day showcase, include a preview gala, a series of gallery talks and panel discussions, and more. 

The Design MMoCA Showcase is open free to the public during all regular museum hours April 30-May 8.

Designers on Their Designs
Friday, May 6 • Gallery Night

Learn more about each Design MMoCA installation as their creators disclose what drew them to their selected artworks and describe their design processes.

6:00 • State Street Gallery
Karina Cutler-Lake; Chapa Design + TheoryThree Interactive; Ayres Associates

7:00 • Henry Street Gallery
Credo; Wei Dong

8:00 • State Street Gallery
Strang, Inc.; Jordan D. Gehman; Cricket Design Works

Design MMoCA Exclusive Preview
Friday, April 29 • 6:30-10:00pm

Break free from the routine of your typical Friday night by joining fellow art and design enthusiasts for the Design MMoCA Exclusive Preview!  This fun and fabulous night will feature a strolling supper with five small plates, tasting pours of three paired beverages, an exclusive debut musical performance, and the chance to win $2,500 cash in our raffle!  This event will also be your only opportunity to meet and mingle with all of the design professionals behind the imaginative showcase.  Attendees will be the first to see our galleries brimming with one-of-a-kind design installations inspired by works from the museum’s permanent collection.  Your attendance supports the museum’s free exhibitions and education programs.

Buy tickets online or call 608.257.0158 x230. Tickets are $75 for MMoCA members, $85 for non-members. ($45 of each ticket is tax deductible.) Reservations will be held at the door.

Design MMoCA Sponsorship

Generous support for Design MMoCA 2016 to date is provided by The Century House, Ben Marcus and Katie Dowling-Marcus, Hiebing, and Kramer; with media support from Madison Magazine.

If you are interested in supporting Madison’s vibrant arts scene through a Design MMoCA sponsorship, please contact Sarah at or 608-257-0158 ext 230.  Thank you!

The Century House Logo    Hiebing Logo Small

 Kramer Logo    Ben Marcus and Katie Dowling-Marcus

 Madison Magazine Logo

Design Principal contributors include Faith Technologies, Inc.; InteriorLOGIC; Robert Leschke; Kathie Nichols; Woodman's Markets; Jim and Jessica Yehle; and Theodora Zehner.

Additional event support has been provided by:

Roots Chocolates 

Event Essentials Logo Kuhl Entertainment