AVAILABLE LIGHT’S RACHEL GIBNEY RECOGNIZED BY LIGHTING MAGAZINE’S 40 UNDER 40 LIST

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19 April 2017, BOSTON and NEW YORK – Rachel Gibney, LC, Assoc. IALD, Senior Associate at Available Light, is being honored as one of Lighting Magazine’s 40 best lighting designers under 40.

 

From Lighting Magazine:

“A new generation of lighting design talent is emerging. It’s more driven, diverse, collaborative, curious, global, tech-savvy, and passionate than ever. And it’s questioning how things are done. To recognize and celebrate this cohort, 40 young lighting designers are selected as representatives of this new generation and ambassadors for their industry. All are outstanding young people with much to contribute.”

 

Rachel, a native Arizonian, first arrived at Available Light as a Designer in 2013. Since joining the studio, she has been promoted twice, most recently to Senior Associate. Rachel has contributed to award-winning projects such as the National Archives Rotunda Renovation, the Museum of the American Revolution, the National Postal Museum, and new Science Research Centers for both Amherst College and Skidmore.

 

In 2011 Rachel received her degree in Theatrical Lighting Design from the University of Arizona; while there, she got her first taste of professional lighting design by freelancing for Arizona Classical Theatre, Arizona Reparatory Theatre, and Arizona Opera Theatre. From the Southwest she migrated across the country to the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, where she served as a Lighting Designer and Lighting Supervisor for three seasons. Rachel is both NCQLP certified and an active member of the IALD.

 

“We couldn’t be more proud of Rachel and her accomplishments. She demonstrates a continued desire to learn and grow, and dedicates herself to not only bringing out the best of each design project but she is also committed to constantly improving our work process,” says Steven Rosen, FIALD, Available Light’s President & Creative Director, “It’s fabulous to see her talent and hard work recognized internationally!”

 

About Available Light

Available Light is an innovative, award-winning Lighting Design firm specializing in the fields of Museum Exhibition, Architecture, and Tradeshows & Special Events. Our comprehensive services address the full design process from master-planning to specification to final lighting tune-up. Delivering sustainable solutions for compelling, high-performance environments is central to our mission.

FIRST EVER LED ELLIPSOIDAL SHOOTOUT BIG SUCCESS

BOSTON, 27 MARCH 2017 – In mid-March, 50 lighting industry professionals pulled on their boots and rode their horses over mounds of plowed snow to Boston to see the first ever Ellipsoidal Leko Shootout produced by USITT and hosted by High Output. Seven companies brought a total of 21 fixtures each hoping to best their competitors. High Output was happy to show off their new satellite shop and sound stage in Boston.

The event was brain-child of Steven Rosen FIALD, President & Creative Director at Available Light, Dan Jentzen, Director of Education at High Output, and Anthony Phelps, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at UMass Boston and USITT representative. Spanning a wide spectrum of lighting professionals, the event was attended by Architectural lighting designers, Theatre LDs, Film/TV lighting directors, university educators & students, sales reps and manufacturers. Event assistance was provided by Brighter Boston, an organization dedicated to providing urban teenagers with professional internships in technical theater.  “Dan, Anthony and I are dedicated to serving lighting design education,” said Mr. Rosen, “because of this, we wanted the event to be a unifying experience, not a competitive one. There was no ‘winner’. We all walked away knowing more about each fixture than we would in the vacuum of a sales pitch.”

 

“We know that LED lighting is significantly more efficacious than legacy halogen sources, but from color quality to dimming to mechanics, we wanted to demystify the performance and attributes of LED-driven ellipsoidal spotlights,” Rosen continued. Fixtures were separated into three groups: Tungsten, which were designed to look the most like halogen lamps; Daylight with tune-able white; and Color-changing. Shown one-by-one, the basics from each fixtures’ cut sheet was announced before demonstrating each feature. “We started each lamp at what the manufacturer considered ‘white,’ reminding us all how dramatically different white light can really be. From there, we went through shutter/gobo quality, beam quality, center beam intensity, color temperature, CCI, dUV, and CRI,” said Mr. Jentzen.

“This shootout gave us the opportunity not only to compare fixtures to one another but also to understand real time performance vs. published data,” added Mr. Phelps. Manufacturers and sales reps were more than happy to participate. “It not only gave them the opportunity to show their fixtures to 50 diverse lighting designers in one shot, it also gave them the chance to see where their fixtures stacked up against the competition,” said Jessica Krometis, IALD New England Chapter Coordinator and Available Light designer, “We hope to see more events like this that attract a wide-ranging group of lighting professionals. The conversations were, well, illuminating!”

 

About USITT

The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc. (USITT) connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialog among practitioners, educators, and students. www.usitt.org

 

About High Output

High Output, Inc. is a premier supplier of production services and equipment for film, television, theatre, and events, with offices in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Georgia, and South Carolina. Founded in 1986 with an emphasis on state-of-the-art technology and superior customer service, High Output supports feature film, television, theatre, live music, political events, corporate meetings, fundraisers, parties, and much more. The firm also designs and installs technologically advanced permanent lighting, AV, and rigging systems in venues of all kinds, and operates five sound stages for film and television production. For more information, please visit www.highoutput.com.

Media Contact:

Alexa Hirsch

High Output, Inc.

(781) 364-1846

ahirsch@highoutput.com

About Available Light

Available Light is an innovative, award-winning Lighting Design firm specializing in the fields of Museum Exhibition, Architecture and Corporate Theater. Our comprehensive services address the full design process from master-planning to specification to final lighting tune-up. Delivering sustainable solutions for compelling, high performance environments is central to our mission. www.availablelight.com

AVAILABLE LIGHT ANNOUNCES TWO MAJOR STAFF PROMOTIONS

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NEW YORK and RALEIGH, 27 February 2017 – Available Light is excited to announce the promotion of two staff members: Derek Barnwell, Assoc. IALD from the Raleigh studio to Principal and Rachel Gibney, Assoc. IALD, LC from the NYC studio to Senior Associate.

It’s been two years since Derek returned to his Raleigh roots, and in that time, he’s become an integral part of the Triangle design community. His workload is both local, including a major renovation to the library at Wake Forest University, and national, such as the National Museum of the U.S. Army outside Washington DC. As a Principal, Derek, a 12-year veteran at the company, will not only continue to foster client relationships and manage projects; he will more formally participate in setting the direction of Available Light as it enters its second 25 years of serving our clients.

“I’m extremely thrilled to report that Derek’s transition to North Carolina has been a great move for the company, and that is due to Derek’s dedication, hard work, commitment to the local design & construction industry, and sense of humor,” says Steven Rosen, FIALD, Available Light’s President & Creative Director, “We look forward to growing the company below the Mason-Dixon line!”

Rachel, a native Arizonian, first arrived at Available Light as a Designer in 2013. Since joining the studio, she has
contributed to the award-winning National Archives Rotunda Renovation, The Museum of the American Revolution, and
new Science Research Centers at both Skidmore College and Amherst College.

“I first met Rachel at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. I was immediately impressed with her rare ability to filter through complex project requirements and, in an instant, cut through the clutter to unleash key design criteria,” says Steven, “In her tenure at Available Light, Rachel has dedicated herself to lighting the world better and smarter. We are very happy to see her continued success at the company.”

 

About Available Light

Available Light is an innovative, award-winning Lighting Design firm specializing in the fields of Museum Exhibition, Architecture and Corporate Theater. Our comprehensive services address the full design process from master-planning to specification to final lighting tune-up. Delivering sustainable solutions for compelling, high performance environments is central to our mission.

Po-Yang Sung Joins Available Light

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5 December 2016, BOSTON MA – AVAILABLE LIGHT is proud to announce the expansion of its Boston studio with the hiring of Po-Yang Sung. Po-Yang is a Taiwanese native fresh from The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his MFA in Lighting Design. In school, he lit a variety of performance styles ranging from drama to dance to musical comedy. Prior to joining Available Light, Po-Yang served as Resident Lighting Designer at Michigan’s Thunder Bay Theatre Company. Po-Yang’s thoughtful approach encompasses inspiration from the diversity of both nature and culture; in fact, his graduate thesis—lighting design for an international airport terminal titled “Wing It”—developed from his desire to apply his theatrical background aesthetic and his curiosity about the world to the design of an iconic architectural space.

Available Light,            Po-Yang Sung, November 1, 2016

Available Light, Po-Yang Sung, November 1, 2016

“The addition of Po-Yang supports our practice of infusing theatrical lighting techniques within architecture, museum exhibition, and tradeshow environments. We are excited to have him in our field and in our studio and we look forward to what Po-Yang has to teach us,” says Steven Rosen, FIALD, President and Creative Director of Available Light.

 

ABOUT AVAILABLE LIGHT

Available Light is an innovative, award-winning Lighting Design firm specializing in the fields of Museum Exhibition, Architecture and Tradeshows & Special Events. Our comprehensive services address the entire process from master planning to specification to final lighting tune-up. Delivering creative, technically adept and sustainable solutions for high performance environments is central to our mission.

 

Available Light Completes Grammy Museum

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Available Light recently completed both the Architectural and Exhibition lighting design for the new Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi – a satellite location for the Los Angeles original. It took five years, $20 million, and a dedicated, hardworking team but—as was witnessed at the March 2016 opening—the results were spectacular! Considered the birthplace of America’s music, and with more Grammy winners than any other state, Mississippi was the perfect satellite location. Owned and operated locally but curated by the original L.A.-based institution, Mississippi’s Grammy Museum boasts 28,000 square feet on the Delta State University campus. The building, designed by Dale Partners Architects, is a modern glass & steel structure starkly juxtaposed against a pastoral farmland backdrop.

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The brief on the exterior lighting was a balancing act of exposing the striking building envelope for nighttime viewing while enticing visitors to peer through the transparent sections to a seductive interior lobby experience.  Lighting for all façade elements (I.D. Sign, large photo mural, corrugated steel panels, dramatic portal entry, etc.) were lit with carefully tuned and controlled LED luminaires. Inside, the Exhibits & Graphics program, designed by Gallagher & Associates, seamlessly integrates into the architectural space. The lobby features three super graphics, lit with a blend of subtly color-changing wash fixtures and framing projectors. The ceiling panel gaps provided the perfect location to tuck linear fixture downlights, providing ample light for the 28-foot-tall vertical space. The combination of ambient, color-changing, theatrical accent and daylight all converge to create a dynamic lobby expression.

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Inside the exhibit galleries, patrons discover an immersive and dynamic environment embracing the many facets, personalities, and emotions of the richly complex music industry. Visitors to the museum experience a timeline of America’s music as it roared through Mississippi. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to record their own music, dance to famous songs, and explore various historical artifacts that include outrageous garments and well-loved instruments. Patrons become participants in the action, not merely passive witnesses. The wide-ranging color pallet and richly patterned light of an all LED lighting system evokes the theatrical feeling of musical performances. With the extensive use of interactive features and touch tables the Grammy Museum is considered one of the most highly technologically advanced museums in the south. A careful balancing act between lighting and media presentation ensures the technology is enjoyed in a space free from glare.  Artifacts are woven into the presentation throughout, requiring strict lighting conservation solutions including the elimination of all UV and IR radiation. Despite a modest budget, the lighting system was designed to be both simple to install and require minimal maintenance. Also crucial was providing flexibility to accommodate rotating exhibits.

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The team of Available Light designers was led by Derek Barnwell on the architectural side and Ted Mather on the exhibit experience. Working with the same lighting design firm for both architecture and exhibits created continuity, unity, and open communication. The Grammy Museum was truly a joint effort, not only internally at Available Light, but with all of the project team members and owners.

Grammy Museum Mississippi, Cleveland MS, Dale Partners, Gallagher & Associates, 2016

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Grammy Museum Mississippi, Cleveland MS, Dale Partners, Gallagher & Associates, 2016

Available Light Announces New Associate, Catherine Leskowat, Assoc. IALD, Assoc. IIDA, LC

 

For Immediate Release

BOSTON, 16 May 2016 – Available Light is delighted to announce the addition of Catherine Leskowat as an Associate of the firm. Catherine, who will be based in the Salem MA studio, joins the team from Atelier Ten, where she worked as a lighting designer focused on bringing sustainable solutions to schools, universities, hospitality spaces, and other projects. Notable work with Atelier Ten included the new Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown CT; Nuance Communications West Coast Headquarters, Mountain View CA; and the award-winning Jackson Laboratory in Farmington CT.

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Catherine’s background in Interior Design makes her keenly interested in both the physical environment’s impact on the health & well-being of users and the way people interact with the built environment. Her design interest focus on the integration of daylight and electric light to create robust, beautiful, and sustainable spaces.

 

“Catherine is an exceptional addition to Available Light,” says President & Creative Director Steven Rosen, FIALD, “Her energy, talent, thoughtfulness and considerable skill set adds so much to our team and we are delighted to count her among our wonderful team.”

 

ABOUT AVAILABLE LIGHT

Available Light is an innovative, award-winning Lighting Design firm specializing in the fields of Museum Exhibition, Architecture, and Trade Shows & Special Events. Our comprehensive services address the entire process from master planning to specification to final lighting commissioning. Delivering insightful, creative, technically adept and sustainable solutions for high performance environments is central to our mission.

 

San Antonio Community Celebrates DoSeum Opening

(photo by Dror Baldinger)

Striving to connect the community at large with educational play — that’s the goal of the new DoSeum in San Antonio TX. The $47 million, 104,000-square foot project boasts 6 large exhibit areas and 2 traveling exhibit spaces across 3 buildings, with 5.5 acres of land and a visible water recirculation system. All this is more than enough to foster the “doing” environment of the DoSeum and the project has been highly praised since its opening in June 2015.

The project was highly collaborative, from initial investment to design concepts to final actualization. Vanessa Hurd, the director of the museum, intended the DoSeum to be a “permanent institution, a fixture in the San Antonio learning landscape…[with] teachers and school communities to help empower their efforts and to help provide learning opportunities” (San Antonio Current). Indeed, more than 6 months after opening, the University of Texas San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development Department began partnering with the museum to bring educational research to the community.

(photo by Dror Baldinger)

(photo by Dror Baldinger)

Our client and exhibit designer Argyle Design developed each individual area of the museum to focus on teaching kids while they “do.” From a puppet parade to the spy academy to imagine it, visitors get hands on and active in every corner of the museum. To complement architect design details, colored lights were placed where they would echo lighting shade coloring. Each exhibit combines high- and low-tech interactives, from Google Maps and animation technology to hands-on lighting elements and a miniaturized town, providing ample opportunities for unique lighting elements, including lasers, blacklights and fiber optic lighting. In one room, colored LED wave lights and animation discs blend to mimic water, allowing children to explore the deep sea, then magically converts to a grassy summer lawn, then into a punishing Mars landscape, all at the touch of a button. The Spy Academy required careful details, including framing projectors shining through grids on climbable vents to dramatize the children’s experience. Throughout the museum, fixtures required careful focusing to blend the high- and low-tech features of each exhibit, minimizing screen or camera glare and enhancing the hands-on experience for every visitor.

(photo by Dror Baldinger)

Animated Lighting

Old-school camera techniques meet new-wave gif technology with artist Lucea Spinelli’s Ph?tosgraphé. Her work was recently featured in Architectural Digest

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(from architecturaldigest.com)

 

Spinelli does both the photography and the light effects, requiring deftness as she creates what she calls her “spirit portraits.” Her work is reminiscent of Krisztian Birinyi’s lighting photographs — except animated and with a touch of nostalgia (at least for me, I always loved making the light pictures with a long exposure).

Boston City Hall Gets Lit!

(from bostonglobe.com)

Mayor Marty Walsh has announced that Boston City Hall will get fitted with $3 million worth of new lighting fixtures. All LED, the 325 fixtures will revitalize City Hall Plaza and brighten up the building, hearkening back to its first days when floodlights lit the building. And, as an added bonus, the energy savings of using LED will make up for the cost overtime, according to a representative from the Boston Preservation Alliance. We are excited to see this project finalized this summer!

Light as Symbol

Early November brought the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The city commemorated the historic event and changes it brought by placing 8,000 illuminated (and biodegradable) balloons along the city where the wall stood, designed by Christopher and Marc Bauder.

(from nytimes.com)

The artists wanted the installation to be an “alien object,” like the Wall was, “something that doesn’t belong,” while also ensuring to evoke the hopeful feelings that came after the Fall. See their interview in this NY Times video. We think using illumination was a great way to achieve this. The artists made sure to use lighting in the balloons that was different from the surrounding exterior and building lights, achieving that alien effect. And the stark images of the lit installation in the dark definitely make one think of hope. It’s a common metaphor for a reason. Seeing that bit of light in the dark, either figuratively or literally, is a relief. In darkness, we often freeze. We can keep moving if we can see where we’re going, even just one step at a time.

At the end of the three days, on the anniversary of the Fall, all 8,000 balloons (biodegradable, remember) were released into the air, symbolizing the hope that came with the Fall of the Wall, and the faith of the people that they can keep moving forward.