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Art Exhibits

Olbrich Botanical Gardens appreciates all the artists who utilize our gardens for inspiration and many who have shared their work in the Evjue Commons.

However, Olbrich staff realized that the Evjue Commons lacks gallery amenities that enhance the art and keep it secure and has therefore suspended individual artists' shows in that space. In the future, there may be opportunities for community-focused groups who produce art within the community. These opportunities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

We encourage everyone who visits Olbrich Botanical Gardens to enjoy our permanent art collection in the Outdoor Gardens and Bolz Conservatory.

Olbrich’s long range facilities master plan will provide additional space that may be available at some future date.

GLEAM, Art in a New Light

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.


August 31 - October 28

Evening viewings - Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

Times vary by month

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2017 GLEAM Prospectus - click link for details!

Professional artists and lighting designers are welcome to inquiry about submitting a site-specific proposal for the 2017 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: February 15, 2017


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