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GLEAM, Art in a New Light, is an annual art exhibit featuring local, national, and international artistscreating light-based installations throughout Olbrich's 16-acre outdoor gardens and tropical Bolz Conservatory. Visitors wind their way through dimly lit pathways, encountering strange and surprising forms that pulse and shimmer in the night around every corner.

Experience the Gardens after dark in a whole new light!


Entrance Way2020 GLEAM Exhibit Dates

September 2 - October 31

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays

Times vary by month

General Public

$15 - Adult                             

$7 - Child (Ages 3-12)        

Free - 2 & Under                     

Olbrich Members

$11 - Member Adult

$6 - Member Child

Free - 2 & Under


Opening Viewing

Saturday, August 29

7:30 - 10:30 p.m.

2020 Request for Proposals

Interested in submitting a light installation proposal for Olbrich's 2020 GLEAM exhibit?

Review the REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS guidelines and then WOW the GLEAM team with your

brilliant idea!

All materials should be submitted by email, in a combined PDF format, by 11:59 p.m. on February 20, 2020 to the contacts listed in the RFP document above.

For an overview of previous exhibits, check out the installation images below:

2015- 2019 GLEAM Installation Images

Scale Map - Olbrich Botanical Gardens


Visitors under the Donor's Arbor

What People Are Saying - Past Exhibits

“My favorite event of Madison every year!”

"Wonderful exhibit that allows us to experience the gardens in a very different way. Amazing sensory experience! "

"Gets better each year!"





2019 Supporter

Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison

2019 Media Partner

Capital Newspapers/Madison.com


Interested in supporting this exciting, public art exhibit?

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

608-246-5616 / mjeanne@cityofmadison.com

For an overview of previous exhibits, check out the installation images below:

2015- 2019 GLEAM Installation Images


String Lights


Project Collaborators

Paul Hayden, Lead Lighting Designer

Olbrich partners with Reinders Inc., a local company that carries one of the largest inventories of professional landscape lighting products in the Midwest. Paul Hayden serves as Lead Lighting Designer 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.

Kristin "Cricket" Redman, principal and Creative Director of Cricket Design Workss, a creative agency and B corporation based in Madison, WI and serving clients across the country.

Zach Zweifel, Co-Owner, Traditions Lighting -

Founded in 2011, Traditions specializes in Christmas lighting and holiday decor, low voltage landscape lighting, and event lighting, providing services across Wisconsin. Traditions Lighting combines high quality products with a unique design and personal touch taking pride in the ability to produce eye catching designs that meet client needs.

Dave Morrison - Wisconsin Burners

Bruce Winkler, Innovation Strategy - New product development, Innovation, “WoW” factor, it’s about making ideas happen. GLEAM exhibit entry way design. www.brucewinkler.com

Jeff Epping, Director of Horticulture

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.

Aaron Wilkie, Olbrich Botancial Gardens, Garden Facilitator



Canopy Sessions | Friday, March 6

Spring Flower Show | March 7-22

Spring Flower Show Plant Sale | Monday, March 23

Cocktails in the Conservatory | Friday, March 27

Canopy Sessions | Friday, April 3

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