The University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory presents the Fourth Annual Art of Planetary Science, an exhibition of art celebrating the beauty and elegance of our solar system. The exhibition features locally sourced works of art inspired by planetary science, alongside works created from scientific data. This event brings together the science and art communities of Tucson to enjoy and be inspired by our universe. The opening reception is February 10th from 5-9pm, with additional hours February 11-12th from 1-5pm. Entry is free!
Four years ago, this exhibition was founded by University of Arizona graduate students with a love of their research, art, and a vision of bringing them together. Our research focuses on some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring things in the universe, and yet as scientists, we don’t always take the opportunity to express this to others. Often this aspect of our work remains hidden within the equations, graphs, and unpronounceable words that make up a scientific paper. What we see in those graphs is the elegance and complexity of our physical universe. We see the geologic history of other worlds, the elaborate dance of planetary motion, and the chemistry that allows for the existence of life – and we want to share this!
At the exhibition, we display artwork created by scientists out of their research and data, along with works from local artists that are inspired by science, astronomy, and the solar system. Bringing these two kinds of art together allows us to approach science from multiple perspectives, and explore what it means and how it inspires each of us. We invite you to come and be a part of this experience.
The Art of Planetary Science also provides a meaningful venue for interaction between the local art and science communities. Tucson is both a city of science and a city of art, and that unique intersection is an important part of our local culture. Running this exhibition has shown us that the connection between science and art is something that many in Tucson have cherished long before we arrived. We’ve met scientists whose laboratory images belong in professional galleries, amateur astronomers capturing the breathtaking views of the night sky, and artists of all types inspired by the numerous telescopes and spacecraft missions run in the area. We are proud to be able to offer the community a venue in which to display this art.
Participants in The Art of Planetary Science range from professional and amateur artists, to art and science undergraduate and graduate students, to scientists and science enthusiasts, to fifth grade classrooms. The variety of participants is part of what makes this event so unique, as it reflects the local community itself. The artwork this year is just beautiful, and we can’t wait to show it off! The more than 200 pieces of art come in a variety of mediums, including painting, photography, digital prints, sculptures, textiles, and film.
This year, we will also feature talks and presentations in collaboration with The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium throughout the weekend:
‘Hearing the Cosmos: Musical Representations of the Natural Universe’
by Spencer Miller, followed by a presentation from Meteorite Man:
Location: Art of Planetary Science Exhibition
Friday February 10th, 7-8pm
Special Exhibit: The Art of Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium
Location: Art of Planetary Science Exhibition
February 10th – 12th (during opening hours)
‘The Art of Space’ by Brack Brown, including a
pop-up exhibition of space art by Robert McCall.
Location: The University of Arizona Museum of Art
Saturday, February 11th, 2-3pm
Fulldome planetarium animation by space artist Don Davis.
Location: Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, Eos Foundation Theater
Friday at 3pm, Saturday at 11am, Sunday at 12:30pm.
$1 off Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium Admission with an Art of Planetary Science program February 10th – 12th 2017
The Art of Planetary Science will be located on campus in the Kuiper Space Sciences building, just east of Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium on the University of Arizona campus. We look forward to seeing you there, and showing you a different side of science!
Hours & Location
Friday, February 10th (5-9pm)
Saturday & Sunday, February 11-12th (1-5pm)
Entry is free!
Kuiper Space Sciences Building
University of Arizona
1629 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719
The Art of Planetary Science is an all-volunteer, public outreach effort run by graduate students at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. More information can be found online (www.lpl.arizona.edu/art), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lpltaps), and via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).