The Heritage of Astronomical Art in Arizona

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Written by: Michelle Rouch

Heritage-2Humans from all over have always imagined distant worlds. Arizona is no different and has an amazingly rich tradition of Astronomical Artists which continues today. The Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium proudly hosts “The Heritage of Astronomical Art in Arizona,” organized by the Tucson-Chapter of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). This collection of masterful paintings sparks people’s imaginations and takes them to galaxies far, far away. Flandrau Exhibits Director, Bill Plant, hosted the art opening event. The evening was heralded with a presentation entitled “Dreams of Other Worlds” by Chris Impey, Distinguished Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Astronomy of the University of Arizona.

Special featured works are on exhibition by Robert McCall, Chesley Bonestell, and Adolf Schaller, as well as IAAA founding members; Dr. William K. Hartmann, Kim Poor, Pamela Lee and Marilynn Flynn. IAAA Artist members showing at the event include: Earl Billick, Adam Block, Theresa Hentz, Dinah Jasensky, Simon Kregar, Mark Prusten, Michelle Rouch, Jim Scotti, Reid Silvern, and Matthew Stricker.


The “Heritage of Astronomical Art in Arizona” show will be on exhibit June 13th through August 30th at the University of Arizona’s Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd. Admission to the Science Center is $7 dollars for adults, $5 for kids 4-17 and children 3 and under are free. It is open 7 days a week and hours vary.

Our organization would like to thank Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium, Exhibits Director Bill Plant and his staff in giving our local artists this opportunity. Special thanks to Jamie Molaro, PHD candidate who has recently won the award for Outstanding Service and Outreach and who had offered to jury the show and selected the best pieces. We want to especially thank University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) Archive of Visual Arts (AVA), which houses a collection of over 200 pieces of artwork by Robert McCall, for including ‘Visitation’ into the show. Special thanks to Christina White for making our local organization look professional and polished online and in print.

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.

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