Carnegie Mellon University

Bright Ideas


Drama Students Design Installation for Pittsburgh Festival of Lights

Festival of LightsLighting design students Michael Berger, Matt Bialek, Bart Cortright, Russell Gilbert and Milim Sung have been working on the project for the past few weeks under the mentorship of Professor Cindy Limauro for the fourth annual Pittsburgh Festival of Lights.

The students will create a lighting installation at 911 Penn Ave. Using the facade windows as pages in a book, light will transform short stories into a visual experience using abstract imagery and lighting effects. Students will incorporate color changing LED lights as well as video projection.

Presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Festival of Lights takes place throughout the Cultural District from dusk to midnight through Sunday Oct. 17. The festival is powered by Duquesne Light and is free and open to the public.

The festival kicked off Oct. 1 during the Trust's Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District and features a mixture of large outdoor lighting installations by UK-based artist Ross Ashton, a series of storefront projects by local artists and designers and a variety of temporary lighting enhancements to the streetscape of Penn Avenue. Traveling down Penn Avenue, visitors will find smaller light installations by local artists in storefronts, including those by the students in the School of Drama.

The Pittsburgh Festival of Lights is designed to bring people to the Cultural District to enjoy the lights and much more, including great restaurants, hotels, theaters, and galleries. Visit for more information or for a map of all the locations.

Eric Sloss