Design MMoCA

A Biennial Design Showcase, April 29-May 8, 2016

Design MMoCA 2014 Gala
Photo ©Robert Stebler

View a Slide Show of Design MMoCA 2014
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 from many disciplines to dream up 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.  

Save the date for Design MMoCA 2016: The fifth biennial Design MMoCA will open on Friday, April 29 and run through May 8, 2016. 

MMoCA is now accepting applications from interested designers for Design MMoCA 2016.  Join us as we Break the Pattern of daily design work, and explore the intersection of design and art. Download the Call for Entries to learn more about the event and how to apply. Applications are due October 26, 2015.


Take a look back at Design MMoCA 2014:

The fourth biennial Design MMoCA showcased the resulting works from April 25 – May 4, 2014, drawing thousands of art and design enthusiasts during this 10-day event.  Both a fundraiser for MMoCA and a signature event, related activities include a preview gala, a public meet-the-designer session, a series of gallery talks, and more. 

Design MMoCA Preview Gala: Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Design MMoCA Preveiw Gala is an exclusive preview event featuring sparkling beverages, hors d’oeuvres, and galleries brimming with transformative designs inspired by works from the permanent collection of MMoCA. Guests are among the first to experience the Design MMoCA showcase of interior, graphic, industrial, interactive, and fashion design; architecture; and landscape architecture. Attendance supports the museum’s free year-round exhibitions and education programs.

Design MMoCA 2014 Participants

MMoCA welcomed seventeen participants in Design MMoCA 2014, representing the disciplines of interior, graphic, industrial, interactive and fashion design; architecture; and landscape architecture. See the complete list, and links to their work.

Design MMoCA Sponsorship

Generous support for  Design MMoCA 2014 was provided by Architectural Building Arts; The Century House; Hiebing; Johnson Bank; and Ben Marcus and Katie Dowling-Marcus; with media support provided by Madison Magazine and WISC-TV3 and

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Design Principal contributors included Jana Bartlit; KJWW; Eric and Monica Lawson; Bob Leschke; Kathie Nichols; Stickney & McIlwain at Lincoln Financial Advisors; Stone House Development; Marc Vitale and Darcy Kind; Jim and Jessica Yehle; Zebradog; and Theodora Zehner.