Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

March 12-13, 2019

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2019 Lighting Art

Lighting Art

Rachel Gibney, Available Light; Ted Mather, Available Light; Anita Jorgensen, Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design; Rick Shaver, Edison Price Lighting;
Amy Nelson, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tuesday, March 12
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Room: Gibson
Credits: 1.5 AIA LU


A panel discussion addressing the age-old question; should art be lit in the same light conditions that the artist created the piece, or should it be lit to look as good as it can? A panel made up of four diverse panelists from different backgrounds and all currently involved with the lighting design around art will share opinions revolved around this question. We will explore the philosophy as well as the technical aspects of lighting pieces ranging from ancient to modern art. This is an opinion-based conversation where different lighting designers with different perspectives will discuss their methods for lighting art. The purpose of the panel is to spread knowledge and critical thinking when it comes to lighting ancient art versus modern art as well as art that is meant to be sold vs art that is meant to be preserved. The panelists will be posed questions that are meant to drive a discussion about the different ways to light art both technically and philosophically. This discussion will be presented in conjunction with Women in Lighting Design.


Rachel Gibney, Available Light
Rachel first began her career as a theatrical lighting designer working for companies such as Elks Opera House, Arizona Repertory Theatre and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Now as a Senior Associate for Available Light in New York, Rachel works on a variety of projects including architectural, museum and trade shows. Rachel's museum projects have included the lighting and conservation of artifacts and art work ranging from the ancient Dead Sea Scroll fragments to George Washington's War Tent to the Constitution. Her award winning projects include the 2015 IALD Award of Merit and 2014 AL Magazine Design Award for the National Archives Rotunda. IES awards for the National Postal Museum, The Neural Climber and the Museum of the Bible. In 2017 she was named one of Lighting Magazine’s International 40 under 40 lighting designers.

Ted Mather, Available Light
Ted has lit theatre, dance and entertainment architecture around the world for the past 31 years. He has been Associate Lighting Designer on over 20 Broadway and touring productions including “La Bete”, “God of Carnage”, “Equus”, “Oklahoma!”, “Swan Lake”, “Art”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Les Miserable”, and “Miss Saigon”. A decade in Las Vegas included work on the Mirage volcano, the Pirate show at Treasure Island, the Masquerade Show in the Sky at the Rio, and “EFX!” at the MGM Grand Hotel. As the Managing Principal of Available Light in New York, he designs museum and exhibit installations, covering subjects like Spies, Pirates, Fossils, Wars and Hippies. He has won awards including the Lumen, THEA, IES Illumination Awards, the Lucy G. Moses Landmarks Conservancy award, and the Redden award for Corporate and Event Lighting.

Anita Jorgensen, IES, IALD, LC, LEED GA,
Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design
Anita Jorgensen received a BA in Art History/Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude from CUNY Hunter College; and an MFA from New York University. Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design (AJLD) was founded in 1996 and Anita has been practicing architectural lighting design for over twenty-five years. Her background in art history as well as theatrical lighting design brings a strong sense of aesthetics and drama to her design approach. Anita's extensive hands-on experience gained while working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art translates into specifications for lighting systems which meet the immediate lighting requirements, address sustainable durability, ease of maintenance and long term flexibility. Among AJLD's current museum clients are: The Frick Collection, The Morgan Library, The Ringling Museum of Art, Museum of the City of NY, New York Botanical Garden, RISD Museum, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Shaker Museum Mt. Lebanon, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian D.C for which AJLD won an IES award of Merit for the "Americans" permanent exhibition. Two of AJLD's recently completed projects are included on the current New York Times' "Best Art of 2018" list.

Amy Nelson, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Amy Nelson, IESNA and LEED Green Associate, is a Lighting Designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she works on Special Exhibitions for the Met 5th Avenue, the Met Breuer and the Met Cloisters. She is involved in gallery renovations and rotations, as well as capital projects. During her six-year tenure at the Met, she has worked on over 400 exhibitions. Most recently, she was lead designer for Jewelry: The Body Transformed and Epic Abstraction at the Met 5th Avenue, as well as Jack Whitten and Siah Armajani at the Met Breuer.

With a background in Fine Arts and Interior Lighting Design, Amy is the perfect blend of creative innovation and informed practicality. Amy holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, with a focus in Sculpture, as well as her MPS in Interior Lighting Design from the New York School of Interior Design.

In addition to her work at the Met, she has been the Lighting Designer for several of the Bard Graduate Center’s exhibitions. Currently she is working on the design for a new Fine Art Gallery in Montclair, NJ.

Rick Shaver, LC, IES, Edison Price Lighting
After studying lighting in the Architectural Engineering program at Penn State University, Rick established a lighting design practice in 1977 that continues uninterrupted to this day. For the past four decades he has additionally been the head of Research and Development at Edison Price Lighting. In that position Rick has directed the design of many and varied track and recessed fixtures suitable for the lighting of art as well as for more general purposes. Rick combines his passion for art and his background as a lighting designer in developing unique products that are currently used in museums and galleries worldwide.