The Art of Planetary Science 2019: An Exhibition

November 15th from 5-9pm,
with additional hours November 16-17th from 1-5pm.

Art of Planetary Science

The University of Arizona’s Lunar & Planetary Laboratory presents the Sixth Annual Art of Planetary Science, an art exhibition celebrating the beauty and elegance of the Solar System, and beyond. 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 November 15th from 5-9pm, with additional hours November 16-17th from 1-5pm. Entry to the art exhibition at the Kuiper Space Sciences building is free!

Six 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 this aspect of our work can remain hidden within the equations, graphs, and  jargon 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 from 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. 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. This year the exhibition will also feature a special section dedicated to the NASA asteroid missions based out of Arizona: OSIRIS-REx (University of Arizona) and Psyche (Arizona State University), in a section called ‘Arizona Asteroid Art’.

Each year, participants in The Art of Planetary Science range from professional and amateur artists, to both art and science undergraduate and graduate students, to scientists and science enthusiasts, to fifth grade classrooms, and to artists around the world.  The variety of participants is part of what makes this event so unique, as it reflects the local community, as well as the global space art community. This year, there are more than 220 pieces of art submissions, that come in a variety of mediums including, but not limited to: painting, photography, digital prints, music, sculptures, textiles, and film.

This year, we will also feature presentations in collaboration with Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium throughout the weekend:

Special Exhibit: Cosmic Bus -- hands-on physics outreach & education activities
Location: Art of Planetary Science Exhibition- outside on UA grass lawn (south of building)
November 15th – 17th (during exhibition hours)

Galactic Cactus plays psyche-rock music and Dark Side of the Moon covers under the Moon Tree.
Location: Bicentennial Moon Tree (outside, south of Kuiper Space Science) 
Friday November 15th, 6-8pm

University of Arizona Astronomy Club will provide telescope viewing.
Location: UA Lawn (outside, south of Kuiper Space Science) 
Friday November 15th, 7-9pm

Special Invited Speaker: Presentation from local Tucson space artist Michelle Rouch,
Location: Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, Eos Foundation Theater
Saturday November 16th, 2:00pm

Special Screening of “Chesley Bonestell: A Brush with the Future”
Location: Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, Eos Foundation Theater
Screening time TBD, check for updates: https://www.lpl.arizona.edu/art/2019

Prize drawing for family membership for Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium November 15th – 17th 2019

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, November 15th (5-9pm)
Saturday & Sunday, November 16-17th (1-5pm) 
Entry for art exhibition 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 & Planetary Laboratory. More information can be found online (www.lpl.arizona.edu/art ), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/lpltaps), and via email (art@lpl.arizona.edu).

Art of Planetary Science
The Art of Planetary Science 2019:
An Exhibition
November 15th from 5-9pm,
November 16-17th from 1-5pm
Where?
Kuiper Space Sciences Building (map)
1629 E. University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85619

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