The IESNYC is celebrating the 19th year of the Student Lighting Competition. This year’s theme, LIGHT & CULTURE, challenges students to construct a three-dimensional study exploring the role of light in rituals, events, or rites of passage. Light can often be a critical element in a religious or national celebration, like fireworks on the Fourth of July, a lifetime milestone, like a unity candle at a wedding, or a daily observance, like a sun salutation. Light & Culture allows each individual to expand upon their own experiences of light and how it contributes to culture.
Students currently enrolled in a NYC-based college or university are eligible.
Prizes include $2,000 for the first place winner, as well as $1,000 for the second place winner, and $500 for third.
Reception, Exhibition, Keynote Speaker, and Announcement of the Winners
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location (Please note new location)
4 West 43rd St
New York, NY
Student Lighting Competition Schedule and Requirements
- Students must fill out the online application form
- Registration closes on Sunday, February 17, 2019
- On the day of the competition, students set up entries between 7:30 AM and 11:30 AM
- Students, faculty, and the public return between 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM for a Reception, Exhibition, Keynote Speaker, and Announcement of the Winners
- Key Note Speaker and Announcement of Winners begins at 8:00 PM
- Students must pick up their submission at 10:00 PM
About the IESNYC Student Competition
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 over 200 students today, it is a legacy which will continue to grow with all your support.
One of the goals of the IESNYC is to promote education and greater awareness about the importance of lighting and the Student Competition is one of the contributors towards these efforts. Since 2000, they have 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. The IESNYC Student Competition has been incorporated into the curriculum lighting classes in several area schools and has piqued an interest in lighting design of close to a thousand design students to date.