Message from the President

May 2021

May is here and Spring is once again making the days longer and warmer.

In April we watched another “Popcorn and a Movie,” the edition of our T.A.L.K. (Talk, Archive, Listen Keep) program. Dan Blitzer interviewed lighting luminaries – Francesca Bettridge, Howard Brandston, Don Gersztoff, Imero Fiorentino, Jules Fisher, Jim Kaloudis, Theo Kondos, Joanne Lindsley, Paul Marantz, David Mintz, Barbara Montgomery, and Lesley Wheel. Kudos to Co-Chairs Addison Kelly and Bill Maiman and the entire History Committee for their outstanding work and for producing a program that has value to everyone in the lighting industry. Here’s a clip from the program.

We record these excellent programs and post them on our website for our members to watch or re-watch when it’s convenient for them. This is just one of the benefits of becoming an IESNYC member and joining the over 700 member that make up our Section. If you aren’t a member but would like to start enjoying the benefits of membership you can join the IES Here.

Our Scholarship Committee has been hard at work as well. They have selected two outstanding recipients for the 2021 IESNYC Merit Scholarship. Congratulations to Katrina Matejcik who studies at Parsons, and Dianna Osickey, who is a student at NYSID. You can learn about them here. Education has always been a focus of our Section and we are proud to acknowledge and award outstanding students. Thanks to Scholarship committee Chair Caleb McKenzie and the entire jury for their work.

Soon our members will be receiving the ballot to elect the 2021 IESNYC Board of Managers and your leadership team. Your vote counts so please respond promptly.

Our website is THE best place to stay up to date on Section activity. Details on this year’s Student Lighting Competition will appear here first, so make sure you take the opportunity to view the work of exceptionally talented New York area lighting students. You can also read about our challenging work on equity within the lighting community. This important initiative hasn’t received much coverage as some of our other projects, but the work of this task force is integral to the future of our Section and our lighting community.

Please continue to take good care of yourself and each other.

Best Regards,
Mike Barr, MIES
President, New York City Section of the IES