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Date of Release: 
Friday, March 26, 2010
Contact Info: 

Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information
608.257.0158 x 237 or

Elizabeth Tucker, Design MMoCA Coordinator
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High-resolution images are available upon request.
See a slideshow of images from Design MMoCA 2008.

Design MMoCA 2010

Design MMoCA 2010
Artful Design, Plus Lectures, Talks, and Workshops

April 23–May 2, 2010
Gala Preview: April 22, 2010

MADISON, WI--What’s at the intersection of art and interior design? A fundraiser for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art seeks to answer that question with a ten-day schedule of unique interior designs and special events. Design MMoCA 2010 challenges 16 of the region’s finest interior designers and architects to create a room inspired by–and incorporating–a work of art from the museum’s permanent collection. Rooms will be on view in the museum’s main galleries from April 23 to May 2, 2010.

Interior designers and architects participating in Design MMoCA 2010 are Aga Artka Interior Design LLC; Architectural Design Consultants, Inc.; Bungalow Pros and Scenic Interiors; Carley & Carley; Deb Corning Interiors; Driftmier Design LLC; Dybdahl’s Classic Kitchens; Flad Architects; Fontaine; Inner View; InteriorLOGIC Facility Planning; JG Development, Inc.; Karen Claffey-Koller Interior Design; Linville Architects; Strang, Inc.; and Zander’s Interiors, Inc. 

Selected artworks are by Romare Bearden, Mel Butor, Suzanne Caporael, Lane Hall and Lisa Moline, Mary Heilmann, Thomas Jewell-Vitale, Luis Jiménez, Robert Motherwell, Joseph Piccillo, Peter Presnail, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, TL Solein, Simon Sparrow, Rufino Tamayo, and Janica Yoder.

Design MMoCA’s robust schedule of lectures, gallery talks, and workshops starts April 23. All are included with the price of a ten-day pass to Design MMoCA. No pre-registration is necessary except where indicated.

These illustrated talks take place in MMoCA’s lecture hall, adjacent to the lobby.

Saturday, April 24 • 11 am
From Skyscrapers to Silverware: The Connection Between Architecture, Interiors, 
and Furniture Design
Tom McHugh, AIA
The design process for architecture, interiors, and furniture design is the same in many ways, but what you feed into that process varies. Tom McHugh is an architect who also designs furniture and interiors. McHugh will use examples of his own work and the work of other well-known architect-designers to illustrate how individuals approach the challenge of changing scale. 

Saturday, April 24 • 1 pm
Keeping the Pieces: A Thread of Green Through History
Ed Linville, Linville Architects
Ed Linville has been a proponent and practitioner of green design since founding his architectural firm in 1981. Though the current craze for “going green” seems recently discovered, the founding principles have a long history. Learn about the practice of green design through the ages and discover how this “thread of green” will continue to guide us into the future. 

Sunday, April 25 • 12 pm
Curb Appeal: Dos and Don’ts for Remodeling Your Home’s Exterior
Jill Kessenich, Bungalow Pros
Want to add some curb appeal to your older or historic home? With great before-and-after images, Jill Kessenich will provide some practical dos and don’ts of what to consider for your exterior facelift. 

Design MMoCA Gallery Talks take place in the main galleries on the second floor of the museum.

Friday, April 23 • 6:30 pm
Drop-in Tour: On the Art
Jane Simon, Curator of Exhibitions, MMoCA
Design MMoCA rooms were inspired by unique works of art. But what inspired the artists? Join Jane Simon on a guided tour to learn about the artists and artworks included in the show. 

Saturday, April 24 • 3 pm
Designers on Their Designs
Aga Artka, Aga Artka Interior Design, LLC; Karen Claffey-Koller, Karen Claffey-Koller Interior Design; Ed Linville, Linville Architects
Focus in on Design MMoCA rooms with their creators. Aga Artka, Karen Claffey-Koller, and Ed Linville will reveal why they were drawn to their selected artwork, and how the art inspired their room design. 

Sunday, April 25 • 2-4 pm
Designer Meet & Greet
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet all of the Design MMoCA participating designers and learn about their design processes and inspirations. 

Friday, April 30 • 6:30 pm
Drop-In Tour: Design MMoCA Details
Theodora Zehner, MMoCA Docent
Take this opportunity to look more deeply into Design MMoCA. MMoCA docent Theodora Zehner will discuss “hidden secrets” of the Design MMoCA artworks and the rooms they inspired. 

Saturday, May 1 • 1 pm
Your Design Sensibility Revealed
Bill Beaudreau, CRB Interiors, President-Elect of ASID-Wisconsin Chapter
Bill Beaudreau will lead a guided tour and discussion and invite you to consider your own aesthetic reactions by focusing on principles of design such as color, texture, shape, balance, and harmony within the Design MMoCA rooms. 

Saturday, May 1 • 3 pm
Designers on Their Designs
Lois Braun-Oddo, Ashely Phelps Wagner, Strang, Inc.; Sara Olm, Flad Architects 
Focus in on Design MMoCA rooms with their creators. Sara Olm, Lois Braun-Oddo, and Ashely Phelps Wagner will reveal why they were drawn to their selected artwork and how it inspired their room designs. 

Workshops take place in MMoCA’s classroom, adjacent to the Henry Street Gallery. 
Attendees should pre-register by phone (608.257.0158 x 231) or email (

Saturday, May 1 • 11 am
Selecting Art for Your Home
Carla Dillman, Third Eye Art Consulting & Sourcing
Choosing artwork for your home can be an exciting adventure! Carla Dillman will share key tips on how to select art that is a reflection of your own taste, lifestyle, and history. 

Sunday, May 2 • 12 pm
The Art of Framing Art
Paul Douglas, Douglas Art & Frame
Framing your artwork shouldn’t be an afterthought. Framing provides protection, creates drama and focus, and is the link for incorporating artwork into a room environment. With examples and materials to see and touch, Paul Douglas reveals the fundamentals for making informed decisions about framing your art. 

Sunday, May 2 • 2 pm
Design Trends: Natural and Reclaimed Materials
Jeff Grundahl, JG Development, Inc.
Natural and reclaimed materials are hot in design right now. Barn board flooring, bamboo furniture, recycled glass countertops–the list could go on and on. See some of these materials up close, and learn about ways to incorporate them into your own home. 

Guests can relax and shop at three special areas during Design MMoCA.

  • Design MMoCA Lounge—Visit the museum lobby where the glass icon will house a dynamic installation of artwork and furnishings, designed by The Century House.
  • Reading Lounge—Take a break from your Design MMoCA tour, and find additional information on the participating designers in the Reading Lounge, designed and furnished by Iconi Interiors.
  • Bookshop—After you've been inspired by the Design MMoCA rooms, visit the Bookshop in the Museum Store. Featuring exceptional books on design and architecture, the Design MMoCA Bookshop has the resources you'll need to make your design dreams a reality.

A preview gala for Design MMoCA 2010 will take place from 7 to 10 pm on Thursday, April 22. This special evening will give guests the chance to mingle with members of the design community, enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres, and listen to live jazz from the Warren Wiegratz Trio. Warren Wiegratz has received the prestigious Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award (WAMI) for “Reed/Brass Instrumentalist of the Year” an unprecedented eleven times and has performed with Phil Collins, The Temptations, and Gladys Knight and the Pips, among other artists. 

Gala tickets, which include a ten-day pass to Design MMoCA, are $65.

Ten-day admission to Design MMoCA is $12; advance tickets, available through April 15, are $10. MMoCA members and members of the American Society of Interior Designers, the International Interior Design Association, and the American Institute of Architects may purchase tickets at the reduced rate of $8.

Tickets for the opening gala, as well as ten-day event passes, may be purchased online at

All proceeds raised through Design MMoCA will benefit the museums’ free-admissions policy, as well as its exhibitions and education programs.

Friday, April 23 noon-8 pm
Saturday, April 24 10 am-8 pm
Sunday, April 25 noon-5 pm
Monday, April 26 through Thursday, April 29 noon-5 pm 
Friday, April 30 noon-8 pm
Saturday, May 1 10 am-8 pm
Sunday, May 2 noon-5 pm

Design MMoCA 2010 is generously sponsored by The Century House; Hiebing; Iconi Interiors; M&I Bank; the Wisconsin State Journal; Madison Magazine; WISC-TV Channel 3; Third Eye Art Consulting & Sourcing; Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Shows; the Wisconsin Department of Tourism; and the Greater Madison Convention & Visitor Bureau.

Design MMoCA 2010 is organized in partnership with the Wisconsin chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, and the International Interior Design Association. 

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