Join the Light For Life® :Museum Lighting Symposium

by | Jun 7, 2024 | News

Light For Life®

The IES Museum and Art Gallery Lighting Committee is hosting the Light For Life®: Museum Lighting Symposium, a one-day virtual event on June 27, 2024. This symposium promises to be a pivotal gathering for professionals interested in the nuanced field of museum and gallery illumination. With a carefully curated agenda, the event will delve into the critical impact of lighting on the appearance and preservation of museum objects, explore the latest advancements in lighting technology, and introduce new guidelines for lighting and exhibition practices.

Scott Rosenfeld, a lighting designer at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will share insights into a cutting-edge lighting system featuring Bluetooth-connected spotlights that enhance the viewing experience for museum visitors. This innovative system showcases how modern lighting technology can bring art to life, demonstrating the practical applications of dynamic lighting in museum settings. Siobhan Watts, Lead Conservator at National Museums Liverpool, and Steven Weintraub, founder of Art Preservation Services, will present on the preservation of light-sensitive materials, emphasizing the balance between providing quality illumination and minimizing photochemical damage to artifacts.

Attendees will benefit from the diverse expertise of industry leaders such as Steven Rosen, founder of Available Light, who will offer a session on what lighting designers need to know to successfully collaborate with clients. The symposium will also feature a debate on the role of daylight in museums between Matthew D. Franks of Arup and Paul Himmelstein, an art conservator. They will discuss the pros and cons of using natural light in museum galleries and its impact on the preservation of collections.

Participants will have the opportunity to earn 6 CEUs and can engage directly with the speakers during a panel Q&A moderated by Kaitlin Page, Senior Electrical Engineer at CD Companies. The symposium runs from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm ET, and registration fees are $29 for IES members, $39 for non-members, and free for IES student members.

Click here to register today for the Light For Life®: Museum Lighting Symposium.