The Illumination Show Opens at the Mattatuck Museum


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(203) 753 – 0381 x 115Waterbury, CT… What do former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and the Dalai Lama have in common? They, along with a dozen other celebrated figures participated in The Illumination Show, an art piece created by Lauren Booth. Booth approached some of the world’s most celebrated figures with the request they write an inspirational word or short phrase. She then reproduced their responses in neon, keeping the author’s handwriting intact. The messages are all positive including “Hope,” “Vision,” “All is possible, Believe,” and “Aspire Peace, Pursue Peace,” among them.

For its premiere at the Mattatuck Museum, Booth has created a room-size environment of light. This installation has the viewer move through darkened rooms, past velvety curtains, into new spaces where ethereal lighted text inspires interaction through dialogue with others. This collaborative artwork with its message of hope and optimism connects us with people we might not otherwise have connection.

The Illumination Show will be on view in The Lab from December 6, 2015 through January 17, 2016.

For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at or call (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Connecticut Department of Economic & Community Development/CT Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and the State of Connecticut through the Consortium of Connecticut Art Museums. The Mattatuck is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, a group of 18 world-class museums and historic sites (

Located on the green in Waterbury, CT at 144 West Main Street, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum in the lots on Park Place.