The Office of Community Engagement partners once again with The Greenway Conservancy to present GLOW. The exhibition features neon signs from the collection of Dave and Lynn Waller, who have devoted significant time and energy to preserving Massachusetts’ neon past. The Lunder Arts Center displays neon signs, both in front of the building, up through the spring semester. The total collection that makes up GLOW can be found at The Greenway, with eight more signs lighting up the area.
In conjunction with the GLOW exhibition, Lesley Art + Design will host hands-on Animation + Motion Media workshops Drawing with Light for local and regional high school students with a particular emphasis on supporting talented youth from under served communities. Generous support is provided in part by the Richard & Jean Coyne Family Foundation and the Ralph Bradley Prizes.
All of the signs you see in GLOW became landmarks in their neighborhoods and towns. Most were illuminated for decades, some for the full length of time that the company was in business. In Massachusetts and elsewhere, neon sign-making requires an unusual fusion of craftsmanship, scientific expertise, and graphic design talent. Each of the signs in GLOW is evidence of this unique blend of skills on the part of its fabricator. Viewed together, the signs are part of Massachusetts’ graphic and creative history as well as a legacy of the Bay State’s history of entrepreneurship.
The Greenway is the contemporary public park in the heart of Boston. The Greenway welcomes millions of visitors annually to gather, play, unwind, and explore. The Greenway Conservancy is the non-profit responsible for the management and care of The Greenway. The majority of the public park’s annual budget is generously provided by private sources.