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Luce Group Designs Exhibit Lighting for Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts


Luce Group,  the award-winning, New York-based, lighting-design firm,  recently completed lighting the permanent collection in the newly renovated Museum Building at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  

In addition to the lighting the reinstallation of the collection, Luce Group worked with the Clark to light CAST FOR ETERNITY – Ancient Ritual Bronzes from the Shanghai Museum (at the Clark from July 4–September 21) and the retail space located in the new Clark Center designed by Tadao Ando.

The Clark Art Institute selected Luce Group as Exhibition Lighting Designer on the basis of Luce’s extensive experience in lighting art thoughtfully while keeping light levels appropriate for sensitive and important works of art.  In the words of Senior Curator Richard Rand:

“Working with the Luce Group was a dream. Traci and her team were brilliant at solving difficult lighting problems, and they made the collection come alive with subtlety and sophistication.”

Traci Klainer Polimeni, founder and owner of Luce Group, stated:  

“My team was tasked with specifying lamps and accessories for all art lighting and to be onsite to work with the curators to light the Clark's collection. Luce had the opportunity to recommend specific LED retrofit lamps for the Museum Building. Drawing on our extensive experience researching and specifying LEDs, we specified a lamp that was energy-efficient, required significantly less maintenance, and enhanced the appearance of the collection through fantastic color temperature and color rendering index.

We are delighted to have worked with the Clark in lighting its prestigious collection and look forward to returning to work on MAKE IT NEW – Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art 1950 – 1975 (at the Clark from Aug. 2 – Oct. 13).”

About Luce Group

Luce Group (WBE in NYC and NY State) is a New York-based award-winning lighting design firm specializing in exhibit, event, architectural, and entertainment lighting design. 

Luce Group recently designed the lighting for the exhibits at the newly opened Washington Monument and is the exhibition lighting designer for the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture scheduled to open in Washington DC in 2015.

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About the Clark Art Institute 

The Clark Art Institute is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240, 000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark opened its expanded facilities on July 4, 2014, unveiling new and enhanced spaces that accommodate the continued growth of the Institute’s programs. Included in this final stage of the project are a new 42, 600-square-foot Visitor Center designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, expansion and renovation of the original Museum Building and the ongoing renovation of the Manton Research Center by Selldorf Architects, and a sweeping redesign of the grounds by Reed Hilderbrand. The first phase of the campus expansion project was completed in 2008 with the opening of Stone Hill Center, a striking conservation and exhibitions facility also designed by Tadao Ando.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Opening season hours: Galleries open daily from July 4 through October 13, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm (Fridays in July and August until 7 pm). From October 14, 2014 through June 30, 2015: Galleries open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20 through October 31, 2014 and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

For enquiries, please contact:

Traci Klainer Polimeni
Tel: 212.33.7640

Image credit:  Traci Klainer Polimeni

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