IESNYC's Student Lighting Competition

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Join the lighting community to celebrate the work behind a diverse showcase of ideas and interpretations on the 2024 theme "Proximal Light." View over 150 light art installations and meet NYC students of lighting design, industrial design, architecture and interior design who created them and will have their projects on display.

The 2024 competition theme, Proximal Light, challenges students to construct a three-dimensional study exploring light as a medium to express closeness. As our lives balance in-person experiences with online connections and social networks, how does light help to bridge distances and create an intimate environment for interaction?

Since 2000, the New York City Section of the IES has invited students from New York City Art and Design schools to participate in a city wide design competition. The competition empowers students to explore light as an art form, demonstrate light as a stimulus, and prove light as a valuable medium.

Every year, students in lighting, architecture, interior design, art, product design, photography and electrical engineering programs have submitted projects, resulting in a diverse showcase of ideas and interpretations on a single theme.

Patricia DiMaggio photograph

Dedicated to the memory of Patricia DiMaggio
May 5, 1964 - February 28, 2014
The IESNYC Student Lighting Competition is dedicated to our founder, Patricia DiMaggio. As an NYC educator and past president of IESNYC, we uphold Patricia’s goals of education, community, and friendly competition. Having grown from 8 students in 2000 to 150 students today, it is a legacy which will continue to grow with your support. We miss you, Patricia!

2024 Judges:
Alessa Aguayo, Lumenwerx
Colin Conroy, Lightcraft
Craig Causer, LD+A
Linda Miller, Linda G Miller Communications and Marketing

1st Place $5000
2nd Place $3000
3rd Place $1000

Student Competition Committee

Craig Young, Ventresca Lighting Design
Shaun Fillion, NYSID | RAB Lighting

Board Advisor and Liaison
Zachary Pearson, Fisher Marantz Stone, Inc.

Founding Advisor
Randy Sabedra, RS Lighting Design

Rinkinson Gohel, Cosentini
Steven Greenberg,
Scott Lundberg,
Pratt Institute
Kass Negash,
W. Allen Engineering PLLC
Jenny Werbell,
Essential Light

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