2019 Richard Kelly Grant Recipients

The Richard Kelly Grant Announces Jessica Collier and Tony Esposito as the 2019 Grant Recipients

The Board of Directors of the Richard Kelly Grant has selected Jessica Collier, MFA, LC, and Tony Esposito, PhD, as the recipients of the 2019 Richard Kelly Grant. The Grant recognizes and encourages creative thought and activity in the use of light. These two emerging lighting professionals will receive a cash award for preserving and incorporating Richard Kelly’s ideals, enthusiasm, and reverence for light in their own work.


Jessica Collier, MFA, LC, is currently working at Pacific Northwest Labs in Portland, OR, where she serves as an Associate Lighting Research Engineer. She received a grant for her work examining the relationship between objective color metrics and subjective color preferences. In 2018, she earned her Master of Fine Art, Lighting Design from Parsons School of Design, The New School. Her Thesis Title was The Intersection of Color Metrics and Qualities Guided by Perception for which she received an IESNYC Thesis Award.




Tony Esposito, PhD, working at Lighting Research Solutions has received a grant for his scholarly work on color discrimination, defining the limitations of current metrics and developing a computational tool to aid in the establishment of accurate predictors for applied lighting. Currently, he is the Head Research Scientist at Lighting Research Solutions LLC in Somerville, MA, a company he founded. He earned his PhD in 2016 from Penn State University in Architectural Engineering.



"This year we had so many over-qualified applicants,” says Caleb McKenzie, LC, IALDA, MIES, and co-chair of the Richard Kelly Grant, “but Tony and Jessica's work and contributions to the industry were admired by every member of the jury."

Applicants must demonstrate accomplishment as well as the potential to contribute to the art and science of illumination. Proposed, completed, and on-going work involving light may be submitted and should clearly illustrate the way in which the conceptual or applied use of light in new and innovative ways is used to solve or better understand a problem. Cash awards will be granted to the two 2019 recipients.

This year’s jury consisted of Board members:
Co-Chairs Addison Kelly, MIES, and Caleb McKenzie, principals of US Lighting Consultants
Stephen Bernstein, IALD, MIES, principal of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design (CBBLD)
Philip Cialdella, MIES, president, Light Abilities
Scott Hershman, LC, MIES, senior vice president, LF Illumination
Randy Sabedra, MIES, lighting designer, RS Lighting Design

Visit iesnyc.org/Richard_Kelly_Grant, to learn more

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