Since 2013 IAAA Artists in the Tucson area have been very active in the local STEM community, promoting a human presents in space through outreach events at the Pima Air and Space Museum and the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. In 2014 it hosted the first Southwest IAAA Workshop and partnered with the International Year of Light to create the art show “The Art of Space and Light” which will be continuing at various venues through 2015.

In 2014 the IAAA Board of Directors created a sub-committee, named “The Tucson Chapter” that is bound by the IAAA’s laws and regulations, in order to better develop and promote our art.

What is IAAA?

The IAAA was founded in 1982 by a small group of artists who journeyed through the fascinating but seldom trod territory where science and art overlap.

From these pioneering astronomical artists (unlike their colleagues in science fiction and fantasy, with whom they are sometimes confused by the uninitiated), a firm foundation of knowledge and research is the basis for each painting. Striving to accurately depict scenes which are at present beyond the range of human eyes, they communicate a binding dream of adventure and exploration as they focus on the final frontier—space.

Since its founding, the IAAA has grown to number over 130 members, representing twenty countries. Their work has also grown, to incorporate a number of styles and viewpoints. At times the art may step outside the bounds of scientific rendering, to address the broader implications that space poses for humanity. However, no matter which form of expression the artist chooses to take, the common inspirations held by all are astronomy and space exploration.