Wendy Luedtke

Wendy Luedtke is an expert in the field of theatrical lighting design.  She served as a Product Manager for Color and Lighting Products for Rosco-Spectrum from the mid-2000's to the mid-2010's.

Wendy will be presenting a lecture entitled To Specify a Sunrise: Art, Science and Modern Lighting Design.  She will discuss how the advent of LED technologies is transforming the world of lighting design.

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Margaret Livingstone

Margaret Livingstone is Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Livingstone has explored the ways in which vision science can understand and inform the world of visual art.   


Her work includes how the brain processes visual information and how master artists have understood and taken advantage of these phenomenon in their work.   

In her seminal book, Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing Dr. Livingstone explores examples of this including why Mona Lisa's smile seems so mysterious and why Monet's Poppy Field appears to sway in the breeze,among many other examples. 

You won't want to miss her symposium lecture, 'What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain'. 



Steve Linberg

Steve Linberg is an artist working in the classical realist tradition.  He is currently on the board of the Inter-Society Color Council  (ISCC).  


Steve, along with Graydon Parrish, is the founder of the website The Classical Lab.  It  is a collaborative effort to enhance the teaching of art by way of scientific tools and training materials deeply integrated with classical aesthetics.

At the symposium, Steve and Graydon will co-teach a tutorial called Munsell Color Mixing Demo.




Katsura Iwamatsu

Katsura Iwamatsu joined the Nippon Color and Design (NCD) Research Institute Inc. in 1981 as the research assistant and secretary of president Shigenobu Kobayashi and later worked as lecturer of seminars, assistant manager of project planning and editorial works. From 1999 to 2008 she was a freelance editor with publisher Kodansha for several books of NCD such as "Color System", "Practical Color Design", and "Color Image Scale." She is currently a research fellow in NCD. Ms Iwamatsu will be presenting with and translating for Ms Horiguchi.  

Katsura, along with  Setsuko Horiguchi, will be presenting a lecture entitled 'From Munsell Color System To A New Color Psychology System'.


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Setsuko Horiguchi

Setsuko Horiguchi joins us from Japan where she has been working at the Nippon Color & Design Research Institute since 1981.  The Color Image Scale, developed by Nippon Color Design Research Institute (NCD) and its founder Shigenobu Kobayashi (1925-2010), is a revolutionary 3D modeling system for psychological color space with Warm-Cool, Soft-Hard, and Clear-Grayish axes. Based on decades of research, it depicts the psychological effect of color combinations using the least number of index colors possible.  Setsuko, along with  Katsura Iwamatsu, will be presenting a lecture entitled 'From Munsell Color System To A New Color Psychology System'.



Leslie Harrington

Leslie Harrington Ph.D has held various senior management positions in the area of color strategy and color marketing over a 25 year tenure within the industry, including 16-years serving as the Color and Design Director for Benjamin Moore Paints.  In that role, she developed and designed the company’s Color Preview color system as it launched the 21st century.  She has also worked for leading companies in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, durable goods, consumer goods, and technology industries.

Dr. Harrington will be teaching a tutorial called 'Creating a Color Forecast: The Business of Color'.




Paul Green-Armytage

Dr. Paul Green-Armytage  hails from Perth Australia where he worked as an architect and then as an exhibition and set designer for television .  He was a  senior lecturer in charge of the first year program in design at what is now Curtin University, in Perth Australia. 

Paul will present a lecture called 'Relating Munsell to Other Systems in An Elastic Color Solid' in which he will discuss how the Munsell system relates to other color system models.

He will also be leading a workshop entitled 'Seeing Color'.  It is geared toward artists and non artists and will teach new ways of seeing colors, their relationships and generating color combinations.










Dr. Farnand was among the first cohort to earn her Ph.D. in color science from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2013.  Her research interests include human vision and perception, color science, cultural heritage imaging and 3D printing.   

At the symposium Susan, along with Don Williams, will be presenting a lecture called Modern Tools for Optimizing Color Selection or Reproduction in which they will be discussing current and emerging technology for color calibration, consistency, and reproduction.




Mark Fairchild  

Among Mark Fairchild's many roles in the world of color, he is the Director of the Program of Color Science and Munsell Color Science Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology, the only University offering a graduate program in color science. 

At the symposium Mark will present a lecture entitled 'Munsell's Legacy: Foundation & Laboratory' in which he will review Munsell's ongoing legacy from the Munsell Color Foundation's dissolution in 1983 to the creation and endowment of the Munsell Color Science Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology, now in its 35th year of operation.

In a separate tutorial Mark will be teaching 'Color Appearance, Color Order, & Other Color Systems'.




Leatrice Eiseman  

Leatrice Eiseman is a color specialist who has been called "the international color guru." 

Lee is involved in color and trend forecasting for both fashion and home. She heads the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training and is also executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. She is the author of ten books on color. 

At the symposium she will present a lecture entitled 'Future Trends: The Connecting Circle of Color'



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Osvaldo DaPos

Dr. Osvaldo da Pos is a Senior Scholar at the University of Padua, Italy.  His main research, inspired by the phenomenological theory of Gestalt, involves the perception of colour in its various aspects: contrast, assimilation, constancy, transparency, colour and illumination, colour and emotion, colour harmony, and colour names. 

At the symposium he will be presenting a lecture entitled Color, Color Names, Stimulus Color and Their Subjective Links






David Briggs

Dr David Briggs is the author of the  Dimensions of Color website which explains how traditional and digital artists can use colour theory to advance their work.

For the past 20 years he has combined painting with teaching drawing and colour theory classes at Sydney's Julian Ashton Art School and the National School of Art. 

In Wednesday's general session David will discuss how applying technology and current color science to color education can help bridge the gap between the science and art of color.

In a separate breakout session David will discuss "Where is Color Education Now? The Influence of Science and Technology".




Regina Lee Blaszczyk

Professor Blaszczyk researches the cultural history of business, with reference to design, fashion, colour, retailing, and advertising. Her work connects the history of the creative industries to big historical themes such as globalization, material life and social identity, and consumer culture. 

She has published twelve books and edited two special issues of journals.

At the Symposium, Regina will be speaking about Munsell's vision for teaching color to artists.




Roy Berns

Roy Berns is the author of Color Science and the Visual Arts: A Guide For Conservators, Curators, and the Curious.  He is a color scientist on the faculty of the Munsell Color Science Lab at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) who specializes in color measurement of paint pigments to ensure conservation of historic paintings in museums around the world. 

Three Reasons to Register NOW

#1 First Choice of Breakout Sessions

Presenters are coming from all over the world so you don't want to miss this chance to sign up for the tutorials, workshops and field trips of your choice. Space is limited and early registrants are guaranteed their first choice.

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#2 Early Bird Prices!

Save up to $100 if you register by March 1st at 11:59 EST.

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#3 Limited Availability of Dorm Rooms

The registration form includes the option to stay for seven nights in the Treehouse Dorm across the street from MassArt. You can stay for a full week for less than what it would cost for two nights in a nearby hotel. After March 1st the price will go up for single and double rooms. It will still be a good deal - but if you register early it is a GREAT DEAL! Single rooms are limited so sign up now!

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FREE! Munsell Conversion Software for 2018


Harold Van Aken, chief color scientist at
X-rite and creator of Wallkill Color, is making his Munsell Conversion Software available for free for 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Munsell's death in June of 1918 and to celebrate  the ISCC/AIC Munsell 2018 conference in Boston.

If you like poking around in color spaces, download the program files and start exploring today! (PC's only.) 

Abstract for Poster Papers Due on Friday

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Do you have a project that you would like to present during the poster sessions at the Munsell Centennial Symposium in June?

Don't miss the opportunity to present a contributed poster paper at this historic event!

Submittal Guidelines

You will find the list of TOPICS and a link to the "Template for Abstracts" under the Submittal Guidelines. Abstracts should be between 500 and 1000 words and clearly describe the topic. Papers accepted for presentation will be eligible for inclusion in a special Munsell Centennial issue of the Color Research and Application Journal.

Email if you have any questions.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE:  December 15, 2017

NOTIFICATION:  February 9, 2018

POSTER SESSIONS:  June 11-15, 2018


Munsell System & Environmental Design Survey

The AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design (SG ECD) will be hosting a colloquium during the Friday afternoon AIC Study Group program on the theme “Munsell and Environmental Colour Design.”

The SG ECD has prepared a short survey on the Munsell System and ECD. 

The survey will take not more than 5 minutes to complete, and your answers will only be used for survey purposes. Your answers will be helpful in looking back at how the Munsell Color Order System has been used around the world to teach color and communicate color specifications

If you have any questions concerning the survey, please email us at:

Thank you very much for your time! We really appreciate your input!

Co-Chairs Verena M. Schindler and Yulia A. Griber
AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design