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2011 Art Poster Celebrates Dane County's 175th Anniversary

March 03, 2011
KAREN CROSSLEY (608) 266-5915,
County Executive


The 2011 Art Poster from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission now is available by voluntary donation at locations throughout Dane County.  In a bold and stunning departure from tradition, the Commission offers its annual art poster celebrating Dane County's 175th anniversary through local arts, culture, and history.  To mark this significant milestone, a year-long celebration is underway, inviting one and all to participate, help compose the menu of celebratory events and activities, and join the party.  As proclaimed by Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and County Board Chair Scott McDonell, 175th anniversary themes include honoring the past, affirming the present, and imagining the future.  See for more details.  


"This unique, colorful display is a timely celebration of the unique occasion of our county's historic 175th birthday," County Executive Kathleen Falk said. 


The 2011 art poster includes six images from local artist Dave Tilton including: First Snow (2010), We Could Live in a Cabin in the Woods (2009), Winter Lake Day (2008), Winter Sky (2010), Summer Birch (2010), and Fall Birch (2010).  All six images are experimental photography printed with pigment ink on cotton-rap paper.  The 2011 art poster was produced with financial support from Alliant Energy and designed by Phil Hamilton, emeritus professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Artist Dave Tilton
Artist Dave Tilton describes himself as a "photographer who paints with ink."  Using modern and innovative techniques, Tilton uses digital camera images to sample light, color, and texture and then uses hundreds of samples to construct his images.  Tilton explains, "I create images that express remembered landscapes, explore the human condition, and plumb the emotive power of color, form, and texture."  For more information on artist Dave Tilton, see


Tilton is a relative newcomer to Dane County.  His resume includes interactive media and information design academic projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the U.S.


Department of Education, commercial projects receiving awards from New Media Invasion Award, PC Magazine's Top Ten CD of the Year and inclusion in Graphis I: A Compilation of New Media Design.


"The Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission is proud and blessed to have Dave Tilton share his striking artistry with us, with all of Dane County, and beyond," remarked Karen Crossley, Commission Director. "Our 2011 art poster highlights several of Dane County's treasured assets: distinctive natural places and creative, talented people.  We are thrilled to share this gift far and wide with citizens, residents and visitors." 


Unveiling Reception at Alliant Energy
The Cultural Affairs Commission will host a reception at Alliant Energy on the evening of Tuesday, March 10, to unveil the 2011 art poster and honor recent Commission grant recipients. Attendees will include Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, poster artist Dave Tilton, the Cultural Affairs Commission, grant advisory panel members, and grant recipient honorees supported by the Commission over the past several years.


Distribution Locations
The 2011 art poster is available to the public by voluntary donation at locations throughout Dane County as follows:


Ø      Cultural Affairs Commission Office, Room 421, City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Madison, between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday.


Ø      Municipal poster distribution sites include the city and village halls of Belleville, Cambridge, Cottage Grove, Cross Plains, DeForest, Fitchburg, Maple Bluff, Mazomanie, McFarland, Middleton, Monona, Mount Horeb, Shorewood Hills, Stoughton, Sun Prairie and Waunakee and town halls of Blooming Grove, Middleton, Montrose, Springfield, and Westport.  


Ø      Three Dane County framing shops are serving as poster distribution sites and in partnership with the Commission offering custom framing discounts for this year's art poster: Monroe Street Framing and Douglas Art & Framing in Madison, and Windhorse Frames & Gallery in Mount Horeb.


Revenues from poster donations help support the Commission's mission and programs: fostering public participation, increasing access, and forging alliances in support of arts, culture and local history.  More information on the Commission is available at

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