The Art of Planetary Science is an annual art exhibition from UA’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory that celebrates the beauty and elegance of science. Feb 2-4, 2018, this free show connects Tucsonans with local artists and scientists. In addition to fine art, this show will also feature “data art” — artwork created from scientific research or spacecraft data.
Five 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.
The Art of Planetary Science provides a meaningful venue for interaction between the local art and science communities. 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, fashion and film.