Light years: 1985-2015-2045
international year of light conference

The New School's Parsons School of Design Celebrates 30 Years of Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design

Thursday, Oct. 22 in New York City


To celebrate 30 years since the first cohort of students graduated from Parsons School of Design's Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design program, Parsons presents Light Years: 1985 - 2015 - 2045. The conference will address changes in lighting technology, socio­cultural conditions, and the status of the lighting design profession in the last 30 years. Panel moderators include Elizabeth Donoff, editor of Architectural Lighting magazine; Victor Palacio,president elect of International Association of Lighting Designers;, and Glenn Shrum, director of Parsons Lighting Design program. This public program is an official activity of the UNESCO International Year of Light (#IYL2015) Lighting-Related Organizations.


Elizabeth Donoff: Editor, Architectural Lighting magazine

Victor Palacio: President Elect, International Association of Lighting Designers and Founder, ideas en luz

Glenn Shrum: Director, Parsons MFA Lighting Design program and Founder, Flux Studio


Thursday, Oct. 22, 2:00­8:00 p.m.


The New School’s John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

TICKETS The event is free, but members of the media must rsvp with Scott Gargan at [email protected] or 212.229.5667 x 3794.

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Media Contact:

Scott Gargan, The New School
212.229.5667 x 3794
[email protected]

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