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Stephen Knapp: Lightpaintings

October 6 2012 - January 6 2013
Stephen Knapp: Lightpaintings

Stephen Knapp’s lightpaintings expand the concept of light sculpture and light art and continue the traditions of op art and abstract painting. His sculptural canvases are created entirely with light and glass.

Knapp’s lightpaintings are the intersection of sculpture, painting and technology. They explore color, light and space, and are one of many possible directions for the future of painting. Called a new art medium of the 21st century, lightpaintings dispense with traditional media and narrative content. The resulting objects are intangible, multi-dimensional compositions of pure luminosity.

Knapp creates his works by using dichroic glass, which is treated with layers of metallic coatings. These combine to act as a selective prism, separating focused light into different frequencies of the spectrum. Knapp cuts, shapes and polishes the glass to create a palette that refracts and reflects light onto a surface and the surrounding space.

Knapp developed his lightpainting techniques in the late ’90s and perfected his craft by 2002. Over the next several years, Knapp continued to develop this signature form, with his work being featured in numerous shows and exhibitions.

The Dayton Art Institute displayed 13 of Knapp’s lightpaintings in its special exhibition galleries.  

Related Links

Read and see more about Stephen Knapp's work at

Video: Stephen Knapp discusses his lightpainting techniques Lightpaintings exhibit debuts at DAI

Buchers Beat: Lightpaintings illuminate the DAI


Adults: $12
Seniors (60+), Students (18+ w/ID) & Active Military: $9
Youth (7-17): $6
Children (6 & under): Free
Museum Members: Free 

Prices include admission to the museum's permanent collection. A $1 per transaction Historic Preservation Fee will be added to all ticket sales. The Historic Preservation Fee is used for maintenance and upkeep of the building and grounds, ensuring the museum's status as a beautiful, historic site featuring world-class art.

Educator Resources

Educator Resources extend student learning before and after visiting the Stephen Knapp: Lightpaintings exhibition. Resources include information on the exhibition, suggested curriculum connections, definitions, a bibliography and a classroom art activity sheet. Enhance your tour experience with a workshop: In the studio, create a lightpainting collage with colored acetate.

Download Educator Resource Packet

Download Ohio Academic Content Standards for Visual Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science and Technology

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