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Jim Caldwell

Annette Czarnecki

Jim Caldwell and Annette Czarnecki

Jim Caldwell is a fine artist who has created acrylic and oil paintings and mobiles for 35 years. He has previously been represented by galleries in Evanston, IL and Janesville, WI. He is retired after a 29 year career at the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. In his spare time, he studies classical guitar and reads history and fiction.

 

 

 

 

Annette Czarnecki is an avid maker and designer. She has been creating interactive circuits for five years on the Arduino platform, a hardware/software system consisting of simple yet versatile microcontrollers. She has used her background in cognitive science and web development to design and develop interactive educational applications. She currently works as a project manager and learning design consultant.

 

Installation: Unseen

Location: Rose Garden

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Paul Hayden

Paul Hayden

Most likely known more for animated holiday lighting than art pieces, Paul Hayden has been in the lighting industry personally and professionally since 2006. Coming from an engineering background, he generally prefers geometric shapes, symmetry, and precision over more abstract designs. His early influences include geometric concepts in both nature and manufacturing, along with a bizarre fascination with crop circles, which he would routinely get scolded for cutting into the lawn at his parents' house.

 

Installation: Electric Waffles

Location: Sunken Garden

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Sunil Garg

Sunil Garg

Sunil Garg is an experimental and experiential artist, who began painting, drawing and playing music at a young age in India. An itinerant apprentice since age 12, he learned techniques of oil and linen painting, sculpture and music from established artists and designers. Having earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and a J.D. in Law, he has worked in everything from industrial research, to natural resource law, to waste management. His art work fuses together his scientific and technical expertise, involvement with environmental issues, and passion for music and performance.

Installation: Growth + Change

Location: Perennial Garden Stream

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Leland Drexler-Russell

Leland Drexler-Russell

Leland Drexler-Russell launched TransPlant Design to imbue the world with an added sense of enchantment. He uses special effects techniques to create large scale, interactive installations that envelop participants in surreal environments. His inspiration comes from the amazingly diverse flora and fauna found on our own planet and the speculative astrobiology of faraway worlds.

 

Installation: Awakening

Location: Moonlight Meadow

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Ben Smith & Riley Hays

 

Ben Smith and Riley Hays

Ben Smith and Riley Hays are two local visionaries who joined forces to bring you Awareness, an interactive experience of light, color, and awe-inspiring visual effects designed specifically for GLEAM at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Ben is a lighting designer from Madison, WI who has worked in countless venues across the world, enchanting television, film and theatre sets with his brand of magic, as well as participating in the public art circuit. Riley is a creative writer and visual artist who studied English and French Studies at UW-Madison.

Installation: Awareness

Location: Great Lawn

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Lisa Rundstrom

Lisa Rundstrom

Lisa Rundstrom is a multi-disciplinary artist who has exhibited her work in galleries across the U.S., including Kim Foster Gallery, Artist's Space, ADA Gallery, The Art Center, and The Millennium Art Center. Several of her proposals are currently being executed, including a permanent New Media installation in the Advanced Learning Center Library in Wichita, KS, opening 2018. Lisa is Faculty at Wichita State University and has been Gallery Director of WSU Shift Space since 2010. Her community engagement includes public art, performance art, activism, peer mentoring and yoga instruction.

Installation: Spread-Spectrum Transmission

Location: Bolz Conservatory

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René Hildebrand

René Hildebrand

The 1954 born René Hildebrand is a German designer and installation artist. After his apprenticeship as an electro-technician, Hildebrand worked in display construction, individual orders of lamps and knife construction since 1977. At the same time, he discovered his passion for design and created his own jewelry and Plexiglas furniture collection. Since 2001 Hildebrand has only worked on his own projects, such as the Cazador del sol sun catcher. His art and products are characterized by life-enjoyment and the reduction to the essential.

Installation: The Clearing

Location: Serenity Garden

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Mark Penisten

Mark Penisten

Mark Penisten is a Madison native who has always had a fascination with light and color, and is continually looking for new ways to explore that interest. Much of his previous design experience has been in theatrical lighting at Madison East High School along with other community theatre groups. More recently his focus has shifted towards various forms of dance, with designs for Kanopy Dance Co, MCVD, Theatre de l'Ange Fou, and Cycropia Aerial Dance. Often, the natural world inspires design in theatre and dance, so it's exciting to turn that around and show nature in a new light using theatrical techniques.

Installation: A Light Rain

Location: Perennial Garden

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UPCOMING Events

Holiday Express Flower & Model Train Show | December 2 - 31

Holiday Concert Series | December 3, 10, 17

Children of the Rainforest | January 20

Cocktails in the Conservatory | January 26

Bolz Conservatory Exhibit - Maria Sibylla Merian: The Suriname Expedition 1699-1701 | November 4 - March 4

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