The current exhibition in the Concept Gallery illustrates the power of light to transform a space with a colorfully dramatic effect created through subdued illumination. Inspired by Spanish moss in the trees of a Charleston courtyard garden, “Illumination” consists of a series of lanterns of varying colors, sizes and materials that create a unique lighting sensation.

Rex Yau, a freelance designer and cinematographer with Maslo Trading Co., a media and production company based in Greensboro, N.C., designed the exhibition. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, Guggenheim Museum, American Academy of Arts and Letters and Wired magazine.

Faith Roberts, owner of Banner Canvas of Minnesota, fabricated the exhibition’s light fixtures. Faith earned a design degree in Apparel Design from Anoka Tech College and has served in numerous leadership positions with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), including chair of the Flag & Graphic Board and a member of the judges panel for the IFAI International Achievement Awards. She holds the designation of IFAI Master Fabric Craftsman.

A variety of performance materials were used in fabricating the exhibit’s lanterns, including Sunworker®, Samoa®, Cooley-Brite®, Eradi-Lite® and Nite-Lite®. These materials, along with flexible LED tape, were featured to ease the installation process while reducing energy use and heat gain in the space.