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2011 Jurors

Frank Conti, President, Enterprise Lighting Sales and former IESNYC president
Marty Salzberg, Senior Associate, Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Designers
Joern Siebke, Associate, Arc Lighting Design
Kumi Yamashita, Artist

Keynote Speakers

Larry Kagan,  Sculptor and Professor of art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kumi Yamashita, Artist

Winners of the 2011 New York City Student Lighting Competition


On March 2, 2011, the IESNYC announced the winners of the 2011 NYC Student Lighting Competition in New York City during its 11th annual awards reception. This year’s theme of Revealing Shadows, challenged students to construct a three dimensional study in any medium and show how the interaction of light, shadows, and surfaces can distort or enhance one’s perception. The topic piqued the interest of lighting design, architecture, interior design, theater, industrial design, and art students - from The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Fordham University, New York University (NYU), New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), Parsons The New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and the School of Visual Arts (SVA) — and drew a total of 113 submissions — nearly double the amount of last year.

PeaceBomb, designed by Kevin Lee, an industrial design major at Pratt Institute, won first prize and received a $2,000 cash prize along with the opportunity to take part in the Guerilla Lighting ( event in Beirut. In second place, Rebecca Bost, a student of Parsons The New School, received a cash prize of $1,000 for her design "Shadow Ripples in a Pond of Light." Another Parsons’ student, Brandon Lenoir, was awarded third place and a $500 cash prize for his design "Was It a Rat I Saw?"

“This competition is not necessarily a design exercise,” stated Brian Belluomini, lighting consultant and co-chair of the Student Lighting Competition Committee. “It is really about exploration and discovery. Each year we try to focus on some specific aspect or property of light, and themes are kept intentionally abstract so as not to limit the boundaries of a student’s creativity. Regardless of whatever career path a student chooses to pursue, if we can get them thinking about the many intricacies of light instead of just taking it all for granted, then we as lighting professionals, have done a good thing.”


2011 Winners Projects

First Prize

"Peace Bomb" by Kevin Lee
Pratt Institute
Industrial Design

Jeanne Pfordresher, instructor

PeaceBomb consisted of a paper cut-out in the shape of a cold-war era bomb that looks like a modern table lamp. When illuminated from within, a shadow in the form of the “ban the bomb” symbol, which subsequently became known as the symbol for peace, is cast on the wall. The jury felt Peace Bomb not only demonstrated originality, but realized an idea that has international and historical significance. They were impressed with the way the placement of the light source gave the design a fragile, ethereal quality.

Second Prize

"Shadow Ripples in a Pond of Light" by Rebecca Bost
Parsons The New School for Design
MFA Lighting Design and Architecture

Nelson Jenkins, instructor

Third Prize

"Was It a Rat I Saw?" by Brandon Lenoir
Parsons The New School for Design
AAS Interior Design

Randy Sabedra, Instructor 

Honorable Mention

"LightLunch" by Margaret Cabanis-Wicht
Pratt Institute
Master of Industrial Design

Honorable Mention

"The Heart of A Confident Man" by Shane Moan
Fordham University
BA Theater Design Production
Chad McCarver, Instructor

Honorable Mention

"Familiar Objects In a New Light" by Andrew Koudlai
Fordham University
Visual Arts

Colin Cathcart, Instructor