GLEAM, Art in a New Light, returns to Olbrich with an exciting new series of illuminated art installations bringing mystery and delight to the outdoor gardens in the evening. Collaborations between artists and lighting designers create objects and effects that feature light as a dynamic physical presence. An evening wander is sure to inspire all ages as each installation engages the senses and sparks wonder!
"Inspired by ancient seeds, the magic of natural phenomena, Madison’s lakes, the Chinese Zodiac and a cultural heritage of singing, the GLEAM 2016 artists transform Olbrich Gardens into a special place of wonder, alive with enchantment and unexpected transformations." - David Wells, GLEAM Artistic Director
Check out the following GLEAM photography lectures and exclusive photo shoots for exclusive opportunities!
Lecture - Introduction to Night Photography
Join Madison College photography instructor John Lorimer for an exciting lecture-style class to learn the basics of night photography. This indoor class explores the necessary equipment, camera settings, proper exposure techniques, and composition ideas that will improve your success with night photography.
Night Photography - GLEAM Exclusive Photo Shoot
Photographers of all levels of expertise and equipment will be able to shoot along the outdoor gardens' paths and walkways. The exhibit will be closed to the public during these exclusive photo shoots, providing unobstructed views of the installations and allowing for the use of tripods.
Current Olbrich Volunteers are invited to join the GLEAM crew. To schedule shifts, please go to the SignUp website at
People interested in joining Olbrich's Volunteer Crew should contact Marty Petillo at firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll and schedule their GLEAM shifts.
Olbrich's Tram will not be running during GLEAM evening viewing hours.
Most GLEAM installations are viewable from some vantage point along brick pathways which are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
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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.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
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