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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!


Friday, August 26, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

First Glimpse of GLEAM! Live music, cash bar, meet & greet with Artists, Lighting Designers and Artistic Director. Tickets available online only starting August 2

Member $20 / Non-member $25


September 1 - 29

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

7:30-10:30 p.m.

*September 9: Open for Member Movie Night guests only

*September 30: Open for Crackle event guests only

Doors open and admission sales begin at 7:30 p.m. - to avoid lines arrive later in the evening.

The exhibit takes approximately 1 hour to view - Last admission sold at 10 p.m.

October 5 - 28

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Doors open and admission sales begin at 6:30 p.m. - to avoid lines arrive later in the evening.

The exhibit takes approximately 1 hour to view - Last admission sold at 9 p.m.

Advanced ticket sales (online and onsite) will not be offered due to lack of necessity - maximum capacity was never a concern for the 2015 exhibition.

General Admission

  $12 Adult (12 & up)

  $6 Child (3-12)

  Free - 2 & under

Olbrich Members

  $10 Adult

  $5 Child

GLEAM will remain open in all weather conditions with the exception of severe weather.

Closure notifications will be posted on the GLEAM website page by 3 p.m. day of event.

Times of Sunset and Nightfall for the weeks of GLEAM

September 1........Sunset = 7:31 p.m. / Dark = 9:12 p.m.

September 15......Sunset = 7:07 p.m. / Dark = 8:43 p.m.

September 29......Sunset = 6:41 p.m. / Dark = 8:16 p.m.

October 12............Sunset = 6:19 p.m. / Dark = 7:53 p.m.

October 26............Sunset = 5:57 p.m. / Dark = 7:32 p.m.


Tripods may not be set up in a position that blocks the designated pathways of the GLEAM exhibit route. (Pathways noted on the GLEAM visitor's guide.)

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. 

For more information visit GLEAM Programs on our Education Classes webpage.

VOLUNTEER - Play a Part in the Art

Current Olbrich Volunteers are invited to join the GLEAM crew. To schedule shifts, please go to the SignUp website at http://signup.com/go/GNtwPY

People interested in joining Olbrich's Volunteer Crew should contact Marty Petillo at mpetillo@cityofmadison.com 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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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.

Joel Reinders, Lead Lighting Designer

Joel Reinders is the Head of the Lighting and Water Feature Divisions of Reinders Inc. Joel has been involved in the design and construction of hundreds of exterior lighting projects, from intimate backyard residences to large-scale city parks and botanical gardens, as well as more than two decades of experience teaching seminars on visual design and system construction to landscape designers. His passion is creating sustainable solutions in the landscape, including the use of LED lighting technology and rainwater harvesting systems. Joel started Reinders’ Lighting Camp in 1999 to advance the field of landscape lighting design and installation.


Blooming Butterflies: July 14 - August 7

GLEAM Opening Reception: August 26

GLEAM, Art in a New Light: September 1 - October 28

Member Movie Night: September 9

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