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2023 Art Poster

Each year for over four decades, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission's annual art poster has showcased a different, talented local artist. This tradition lives on in 2023. Poster donations help support the Commission's mission and programs: fostering public participation, increasing access, and forging alliances in support of local arts, culture, and history.


Colorful painting primarily reds and blues depicting different types of birds including an owl and hummingbird. At the center of the image is a human heart resting on a turtle. The animals are surrounded by lilies and different floral patterns.

Richie Morales, Pangea, from The Effects of Time on Memory Series, “Human Animals,” 2022, Acrílico sobre lienzo /Acrylic on Canvas, 45” x 45”

Image of a man with dark hair and glasses wearing a white long-sleeved shirt painting on a very large, colorful canvas

About the Artwork:

Richie Morales - Artist Statement 

Painting is my first language. 

I am a self-taught painter that does not hesitate in his stroke, I explore the accident as a form of communion with the unknown and regularly reflect about the role of art in social justice. 

Since childhood in Guatemala, I have experimented with textures and materials while working in trades of carpentry and construction work that today I integrate into my painting. My life is marked by signs of socio-economic violence as well as with legacies of personal and community resilience.

Art is for me the only space where light and darkness, the grotesque and beautiful, love and fear can integrate with each other to birth a fuller whole. And because of this, I keep painting.

In my path I had the opportunity to participate in multiple artistic collaborations across our continent of America, and I currently live in Madison, Wisconsin.

Learn More: 

Instagram: @RichieMoralesArte  #XibalbaArtStudio 


Richie Morales - Declaración Artística

Pintar es mi primera lengua. 

Soy un pintor autodidacta que no vacila en su trazo, que explora el accidente como una forma de comunión con lo desconocido y que a menudo reflexiona sobre el rol del arte para la justicia social. Desde mi niñez en Guatemala, entre oficios de ayudante de carpintería y albañilería he experimentado con materiales y texturas que integro en mi pintura. Mi vida está marcada con signos de violencia social y económica así como por legados de resiliencia personal y comunitaria. 

El arte es para mi el único espacio donde la luz y la sombra, lo grotesco y lo bello, el amor y el miedo se pueden integrar para dar nacimiento a un todo más pleno. Y por esto sigo pintando.

En mi camino he tenido la dicha de participar en varias colaboraciones artísticas a lo largo de nuestro continente América, y actualmente vivo en Madison, Wisconsin.

Aprende más: 

Instagram: @RichieMoralesArte  #XibalbaArtStudio 


Where can I pick up a poster?

The 2023 art poster is available to the public by voluntary donation at locations throughout Dane County as follows beginning November 2022:

  • Municipal poster distribution sites include the city and village halls of Blooming Grove, Cottage Grove, Dunn, Middleton, Monona, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Verona, and Westport.
  • The following 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:
    • Douglas Art & Frame, 3238 University Avenue, Madison (441-9948)
    • Meuer Art & Picture Frame Company, 8448 Old Sauk Road, Middleton (833-3337)
    • Monroe Street Framing,1901 Monroe St, Madison, 608-255-7330

Dane Arts would like to thank Douglas Art & Frame for their generous support in annually framing the Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission poster! 

While you're here, don't miss our 2024 Art Calendar, featuring Dane County Artists!

Past Art Posters

Painting of a green landscape with a wide path in the foreground extending into the distance. Above the horizon line is a blue sky. The landscape is dotted with pink flowers.

Molly Krolczyk, Summer Night, Indian Lake, 2022 Art Poster

A watercolor painting of six pink flamingos in a row reflected below them in the bottom half of the composition.

Steve Wagner, Strolling, 2020 Art Poster

Karen Watson-Newlin, Pleasant Valley Conservatory, 2019 Art Poster

Reed Jones, Sunflower on Ely Place, 2018 Art Poster

John Ribble, Solitude, 2017 Art Poster

Judy Patenaude, Hide N' Seek, 2016 Art Poster

Brian McCormick, Lagoon, 2015 Art Poster

Kay Brothol-Hostvet, Steadfast, 2014 Art Poster

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