The Art of Space and Light
Written by: Michelle Rouch
The International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Year of Light proudly presented “The Art of Space and Light” Gala, hosted by Tucson City Council Member, Steve Kozachik at Ward 6 in Tucson, AZ. The art exhibition was open on November 14, 2014 to the public and continued until December 28, 2014.
The Art of Space and Light was a kick-off celebration of the International Year of Light in Tucson, AZ for the local community to aim awareness of the achievements of light science and its applications, as well as its importance to humankind. The international year of light continues through 2015. The Art of Space and Light exhibition enhanced the community by bridging the sciences and the arts. It offered a venue by combining two professional backgrounds and leveraging the creativity of the artists to integrate the sciences through unique one-of-a-kind pieces.
The workshop culminated on Friday with a fantastic art show with over 110 individual pieces of art and representing 22 IAAA artists from around the world. The City of Tucson graciously donated the space at their Ward 6 building in order to accommodate the show. The show was attended well with over 150 visitors on the opening alone and ran through the end of December 2014.
IAAA President, Jon Ramer sent a letter to US Ambassador, Samantha Power, as well as to John Dudley, Steering Committee Chair, International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 of IAAA efforts in recognition of the U.N. resolution in promoting education about space through art.
The voice of Jon Ramer, IAAA President in a short video clip was shared with the guests during the grand opening, introducing the IAAA and the exhibition with an appeal that space art is the genre of the future and that humanity’s destiny lies in space.
IAAA members and prospective new members, who participated were: IAAA Board of Trustees, Aldo Spadoni; Founders & Fellow Artist Members: Michael Carroll, Marilynn Flynn, Dr. Bill Hartmann, Pamela Lee, Kim Poor, and Rick Sternbach, and Artist Members and aspiring new members: Earl Billick, Adam Block, Miwa Block, Corinne Cowan, Theresa Hentz, Tai Hicks, Dinah Jasensky, Julie Jones, PhD Candidate, James Keane, Simon Kregar, Sean Parker, Mark Prusten, Michelle Rouch, Jim Scotti, Reid Silvern, Matthew Stricker, and Lucy West-Binnall. In addition chalk artists, Holly Schineller donated her time to capture the International Year of Light logo as the guests were welcomed.
Special thanks to Christina White for her vision and hard work in making the group look professional, as well as Matthew Stricker whose catering provided top notch Hors d’oeuvres for our guests. Special thanks to Steve Kozachik and his staff members for their support, and also Dr. Tim Swindle from UofA LPL. We want to recognize especially PhD Candidate Ms Jamie Molaro for creating the awareness of a large presence of Astronomical Art interest with 2 consecutive years of the “The Art of Planetary Science Exhibition.” In 2013 she and her team had coordinated with over 70 artists and scientists across Arizona and in the following year over 150 participants. Dr. Swindle shared, “We had about 1000 people in attendance this year (up from 300 last year), and I was delighted just to have the number of people who came to our building who wouldn’t have even heard about us otherwise.” The Arts connect people.
Simon Kregar unveiled his art nouveau, inspired work, “Across the Universe Dr, Carolyn Porco.” Mr Kregar was inspired to do this work after meeting Dr Porco and had the opportunity to develop this work in conjunction with her.
The IAAA is a nonprofit organization whose members implement and participate in astronomical and space art projects, promote education about space art and foster international cooperation in artistic work inspired by the exploration of the Universe.