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 the events we held in 2017. Check back this spring for details on our 2018 events.
Sunday // June 18
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Madison for Kids: Father's Day Pancake Breakfast
Mark your calendar and save the date for the Madison for Kids' annual Father's Day Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy a great breakfast, music, and kids activities.
Saturday // June 24
Susan Werner concert benefiting Haiti Allies
Come early to picnic. Adult beverages will be available for purchase, along with Haitian Art, all to benefit the ongoing work of Haiti Allies. Tom Kastle, local Madison singer-songwriter, will open the show.
Saturday // August 26
John Gorka concert benefiting Haiti Allies
Join us for an evening of great music with John Gorka, "the leading singer/songwriter of the New Folk movement." (Rolling Stone) Come early to picnic, adult beverages will be for sale, as well as an exciting collection of Haitian Art, all for the benefit of the ongoing work of Haiti Allies.
Josh Harty opens the show. You don't want to miss it!
Friday & Saturday // September 15 & 16
Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest
The Annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest is the premier acoustic, gypsy jazz music festival. Featuring Harmonious Wail, Rhythm Future Quartet, Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan, Russell Welch Hot Quartet, Ultra Faux / Hot Club of Baltimore, and Olivarez Trio. Food carts will be available on site, and beer and wine will be available for sale.