USA National and Student Exhibit – BUILD, pt. 5, light.

The final process in January was to add light to the National exhibit. Aaron, Carrie and I had quite the project ahead of us as we were the electricians for the National exhibit. We were using 60 small LED fixtures, 8 of which were color changing fixtures and then the rest would light the exhibit itself and the items the exhibit is showcasing. All of the lighting fixtures are wired together with silver cable, and then run to the control center placed beneath the truck placed on the corner of the exhibit. After some clever programming and wiring, Aaron was able to bring light to the exhibit. It was an exciting day when we saw color for the first time reflecting off the silver conduit and reflective floor. Can’t wait to see it light up Prague!



Katie Gruenhagen

Katie Gruenhagen is a lighting designer and photographer living in Denver, Colorado. She recently received her M.F.A. in Lighting Design from Indiana University. Katie is the photographer and blogger covering the USITT Student Build Team for the U.S.A. National and Student Exhibits at the Prague Quadrennial 2015. As a part of the Indiana University Student Build Team, she has also served as a carpenter and electrician for the National Exhibit. At Indiana University, she was the lighting designer for nine main stage productions including Romeo and Juliet (award winning design at the 2014 Southeastern Theater Conference) and Into The Woods. To see her work and contact information, see