The Town Center is a place to gather, share ideas and celebrate science, creativity and exploration. 

As part of the Town Center’s mission to connect visitors with creativity, space is available for campus and community members to display their artwork or exhibits. 

The Town Center can accommodate a wide range of dynamic and creative exhibitions and encourages all interested exhibitors to submit proposals. 

The Exhibit Program is a juried process. At this time there are no stipends or awards for selected exhibitors.

Current Exhibit: Geological and Biological Timeline of the Earth

A point along the timeline.Explore the geological and biological history of the Earth in a new exhibit at the Discovery Building!

Walk over the significant events along the geological and biological timeline of the Earth and discover the order in which they happened and how much time (indicated by distance) was between them. As you navigate through the exhibit, it’s striking to see how far apart some long ago events are and how little distance there is between recent events!

This installation was created by Nick Schweitzer, a science-enthused citizen of Madison who has been involved in other science installations around the city.

Exhibit Program Details

Types of Exhibits

The Town Center can accommodate 3-D exhibitions as well as live performances. At this time the program cannot accept 2-D exhibits.

  • Available space includes (1) 5 ft. x 5 ft. area for freestanding exhibits, (2) 5 ft. x 8 ft. areas for freestanding exhibits and (1) area for hanging tapestries that are no more than 6 feet in length.

Period of Display

  • Exhibit pieces can be displayed for a maximum of two months.
  • Pop-up exhibits as short as one day may also be considered at the discretion of the committee.
  • Guidelines for insurance, damage, installation apply to all exhibits regardless of timeframe.
  • Exhibits are temporary and may be removed without advance notice if the exhibit is found to adversely impact visitor experience or daily activities in the Town Center.
  • On occasion, already-scheduled exhibits may be suspended for Town Center events, maintenance and operations. WARF reserves the right to discontinue display services at any time. 

Application Process

Exhibitors submit an application and digital images of their work for review. Please note, if the work is not yet complete, exhibitors should submit a thorough explanation and any visual reference material that may prove useful to the Exhibition Committee. 

The Town Center Exhibition Committee will review proposals on a rolling basis and may use its discretion to address the Town Center’s scheduling needs. 

Display of work does not constitute sponsorship by UW–Madison, Morgridge Institute for Research or WARF. 


Exhibits are reviewed on several criteria, including but not limited to: 

  • Quality 
  • Relevance to existing Town Center programs 
  • Diversity of exhibition round  
  • Potential for public interest 
  • Timeliness of material 
  • Special needs, costs or requests associated with proposed exhibits 
  • Suitability for all audiences. Content and visuals must be suitable for field trips and other school events hosted by the Town Center
  • Physical compatibility with space 

Guidelines & Contact

A comprehensive listing of guidelines, including descriptions, diagrams and photographs of available spaces is available.

Please contact 608.316.4382 or for questions.