About Our Venue

Frequently Asked Questions

2018 Lineup

Since its beginnings, Art in the Barn has had one core mission: to provide a venue and an audience for artists to share their work.  In that time, the 1870’s restored barn where the event takes place has played host to bands from as far away as the Netherlands and artists from as nearby as Paoli. 

Art in the Barn provides a casual intimate atmosphere for performers and artists as well as its audience, who can find seats among the barn’s hay bales on beautiful summer evenings. The concerts and exhibits attract art and music lovers of all ages, contributing to a warm, fun, family friendly and unique atmosphere that makes the evening special for all.

Art in the Barn  is the nonprofit venture of Anne and Bill Conzemius, who bought the property about 5 miles south of Madison, and then converted its 1870's barn into a performance space for both local and international musicians. 

"All the people who help pull this together do it in their spare time making Art in the Barn a true labor of love.  It is that passion for the venue, the artists and musicians that has kept us going. Watching people enjoy great music in this casual setting and getting a chance to meet the talented artists and musicians keeps us and our audience dedicated to this event.” said Anne Conzemius.

What is Art in the Barn?
Art in the Barn is dedicated to bringing quality visual and performing arts for people of all ages, in a serene and natural rural setting for life enriching experiences and pure enjoyment. Art in the Barn is a series of performances featuring local, national and international performers and visual artists. The series takes place in an 1870's restored barn in a rural setting outside of Madison, Wisconsin.

Can I bring a picnic?  
Yes, we have a large picnic area and a few tables, feel free to enjoy a picnic dinner before the show, throw down a blanket and make yourself at home!

Do you sell food or alcohol?  
No, Art in the Barn does not sell food or drinks. You are welcome to bring your own. We do have bottled water for the taking in the trough under the pine trees. The Midwest Gypsy Festival does typically have vendors on site.

Can I reserve tickets?
Tickets are sold the day of the show, in some cases you can reserve a spot in advance and those details are posted with the individual event information.  Ticket sales start 45 minutes before each show.

I would like to help support Art in the Barn, who should I contact?
Art in the Barn relies on the support of our fans and the community. If you would like to sponsor a specific event or the whole summer series please contact Anne Conzemius at 608-835-0454.

Is it really a barn?  
Yes, Art in the Barn is really in a barn, bring your own chairs or sit on the provided hay bales, but be prepared to enjoy a night in a real barn with old wood floors a few pigeons and lots of rustic charm.

What else should I bring?
Chairs, mosquito spray,  a picnic dinner, cash or checks for your tickets and a great attitude ready to enjoy amazing music and art in an awesome setting.

Do you always feature an artist?
Yes, we try to feature at least on visual artist at each show as well. Come early to browse and be sure to support these local artists by purchasing some of the beautiful pieces they produce.  

Below is a listing of our upcoming 2108 events.

Saturday // June 23

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Haiti Allies Benefit Concert: Featuring Willy Porter & Trace Bundy

Willy Porter returns to Art in the Barn and brings his friend and guitar master Trace Bundy on Saturday, June 23rd. Enjoy a great night of music and help raise money for a great cause. Come early to picnic and enjoy the beautiful scenery at the Barn. Bonus: We'll have yoga bags for sale from the Karma Yoga Bag factory which we built with our friends in Haiti!

For tickets please visit BrownPaperTickets.

Friday & Saturday // September 14 & 15
Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest
The Annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest is the premier acoustic, gypsy jazz music festival. This year's festival features:

  • Harmonious Wail from Madison, WI Robin Nolan from Amsterdam
  • Paquito and Sandro Lorrier from Strasbourg France
  • Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan from Chicago, IL
  • Ultra Faux / Hot Club of Baltimore from Baltimore
  • Luke Hendon Project from NYC

Food Carts / Beer and Wine will be available onsite. 

For sponsorship / reserved seating info email sims@wail.com.
Volunteer Opportunities are also available.