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GLEAM, Art in a New Light, an annual exhibition featuring illuminated art installations, bringing mystery and delight to the gardens in the evening. Professional artists and lighting designers create objects and effects that feature light as a dynamic physical presence.

2017 GLEAM Exhibition Dates

August 31 - October 28

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

September - 7:30 -10:30 p.m. (last admission sold at 10 p.m.)

October - 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (last admission sold at 9 p.m.)

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2018 GLEAM Prospectus - will be available this fall!

Professional artists and lighting designers are welcome to inquire about submitting a site-specific proposal for the 2018 GLEAM exhibition. Questions should be directed to Artistic Director, David Wells - dwcreativeservices@gmail.com.

Eligibility - Applicants must have previous experience with illuminated installations, projections and/or lighting design concepts.

Proposal Deadline: To be announced

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SVA Certified Public Accountants

Interested in supporting this exciting, educational exhibit?

Contact Special Events Manager, Missy Jeanne, to learn more about the great benefits and recognition opportunities GLEAM sponsors receive!

608-246-5616 / mjeanne@cityofmadison.com

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Project Collaborators

David Wells, Artistic Director

David Wells is the Gallery Director at Edgewood College as well as an independent exhibit curator. In 2014, he curated Reflections: Madison for the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. He has served on numerous jury panels and curated exhibitions for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; the Dubuque Museum of Art; the University of St. Catherine (St. Paul, MN); the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (UW-Madison); the Memorial Union Galleries (UW-Madison); and numerous other exhibitions in Wisconsin and the Los Angeles region.

Jeff Epping, Director of Construction/Installation

Jeff Epping has been Director of Horticulture at Olbrich Botanical Gardens for more than 20 years. He oversees the horticultural operations and garden designs of more than ten inspirational display gardens, showcasing the best plants for south-central Wisconsin. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Jeff holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture. He worked at the Chicago Botanic Garden before joining the staff at Olbrich and has visited, studied and photographed gardens throughout the U.S., U.K., Netherlands, South of France and Thailand.

Paul Hayden and Joel Reinders, Lead Lighting Designers

Olbrich also partnered with Reinders Inc., a local company that carries one of the largest inventories of professional landscape lighting products in the Midwest. Paul Hayden and Joel Reinders served as Lead Lighting Designers for the exhibit, overseeing the lighting component of each installation, and assisting in the procurement of lighting supplies. Reinders works with the very best manufacturers in the industry and currently uses Olbrich Gardens as a test and training site for area lighting designers during the peak growing season.



Light Gaps Bolz Conservatory Exhibit - March 25-July 16

Rhapsody in Bloom - June 17

Summer Concerts in the Gardens - June 20-July 25

Home Garden Tour - July 14 & 15

Blooming Butterflies - July 20-August 13

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719