Create the Art
That Welcomes People to the New Home of CDIS

Apply by 10/27/22

Call for Art

Calling All Artists
From Wisconsin & Beyond

The School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences (CDIS) will commission art for the planter area outside of the northeast entrance to the new building opening in 2025. This prominent location will be viewable by community members both from the University Avenue and Charter Street and from elevated vantage points. We hope to create a visual and physical invitation to join our CDIS community. The commissioned work can draw inspiration from technology and be responsive to the building’s architectural design concepts including nature, sustainability, and connecting with others to create community and drive global impact. It can also embrace the natural features and seasonality of our local Wisconsin landscape.

Apply for Consideration by 10/27/22

Be Inspired

Learn More About the New Building

The Process
Application, Proposal & Commission

Below are the key elements of each stage in the process. Additional details for the project as well as the process from applying to commission are available in CDIS Outdoor Art – Call for Applications (PDF).

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Application – Due October 27, 2022

Application Stage

Deadline: Thursday, October 27, 2022


Interested artists should email the following information and materials to Vasso Founta. Please use the subject line of “CDIS Outdoor Art”

  • Artist Information: To better understand you and your art, please do the following in a one to two page statement:
    • Describe any connection you have to Wisconsin and/or the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    • Describe your qualifications including similar projects you’ve completed, art methods you prefer working with, and any other information that would be helpful.
    • Share why you are excited to create the outdoor art piece for the new School of Computer, Data & Information Sciences (CDIS) building
    • Provide any additional information you believe would be relevant to this project.
  • Current Resume: Please keep it to a maximum of four pages.
  • Work Samples: Please provide images of your previous work following these guidelines:
    • You can provide up to nine images
    • Each image should be a jpeg sized at 520 pixels x 520 pixels (72dpi) jpegs. If your images are not square, please have the longest side measure no more than 520 pixels.  
    • Save your image files the following way: LnameFname_01.jpg for example SmithJohn_01.jpg 

The Advisory Selection Committee will review the submitted materials and will develop a list of semi-finalist artists.The list will be reviewed by the UW campus art committee and the CDIS executive user group.

Proposal – Due March 7, 2023

Proposal Stage

Deadline: Tuesday, March 7, 2023


Chosen semifinalists will be invited to meet with the committee virtually. The semi-finalists will be invited to propose an artwork specifically for the CDIS Building. The semifinalists will craft a detailed proposal for an artwork including an itemized budget, scale models and renderings, timeline, and an in-depth project description. For this they will each be paid an honorarium of $5,000. 

Artist proposals will be judged competitively by the Committee. Submitted proposals become the property of UW-Madison. 

All applicants, regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, origin, or physical challenges, will be considered.

Commission – Completion by Winter 2024/2025

Commission Stage

Selection of Finalist: Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Final Design Drawing: Summer 2023

Fabrication Completed: Spring 2024

Installation: Winter 2024/2025


The finalist will be selected by April 11, 2023. The budget for the commission will be as follows:

  • $70,000 flat fee paid to the artist 
  • $60,000 has been budgeted for fabrication and the artist will be given reimbursement on a milestone basis
  • $120,000 budget for shipping, and installation costs