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      The Artistry of Space collection reflects the excitement and energy of space exploration. It will visit Franklin County, Vermont, on Artrain USA.
      Since the inception of NASA's Art Program in 1962, NASA has invited more than 250 American artists to be involved in the U.S. space programs and to interpret space flight through art. In a creative melding of art and space, the artists, responding to space exploration on emotional and spiritual levels, documented the work of engineers, astronauts, and scientists. From the excitement of the initial effort to put a man on the moon to recent endeavors such as the Mars Pathfinder Mission and the Hubble Space Telescope, artists including Peter Max, Robert McCall, Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and James Wyeth have captured the spirit of space exploration. Their paintings, drawings, prints and sketches will be part of our Franklin County Railroad Days Festival in St Albans, Vermont.
      This page introduces some of the work in the collection and lists the artists.
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Vermont's Deborah Deschner
Belly of the Bird
Etching print on Paper, 1989
Reentry heat created subtle patterns on the protection tiles of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Using the etching process, Deschner echoed the tile surface with her acid-burned, metal printing plate.1
Used with permission of the artist
Belly of the Bird
Jim Alford, Double X and Edge, 1992
Jane Ira Bloom, Rediscovery: STS-26, The Return to Flight, 1989
Chakaia Booker, Mars Rising, 1998
Paul Calle, Launch Morning, 1969
      Power to Go, 1969
Henry Casselli, Astronaut Bob Crippen, Study 4, 1980
      Connecting Gloves, 1980
      John Glenn, 1999
      John Glenn STS-95, 1999
      When Thoughts Turn Inward, 1982
Alan Chinchar, Los Que Oien (The Listeners), 1989
Alan Cober, Apollo 16 Sketchbook, 1972
Hereward Lester Cooke, Man's First Landing on the Moon, 1969
Mario Ruben Cooper, Apollo 10-11 Sketchbook, 1969
James L. Cunningham, Imaging to the Edge of Space & Time, 1990
James Dean, Waiting for Jamie, 1969
Deborah E. Deschner, Belly of the Bird, 1989
Lamar Dodd, The Second Giant Step, 1981
      Watching (CBS Camera Set-Up), 1963
Linda Draper, Working in Space, 1994
Mary Edna Fraser, Amazon Rivers, 1997
Nathan Greene, Post Landing Convoy Operations, 1992
Theodore Hancock, Marshall Space Flight Center, 1964
      The Sound of Engines, 1964
Attila Hejja, The Light Ship, 1984
Peter Hurd, Radar Antenna, Mercury Control Center Cape Canaveral, 1963
Wilson Hurley, Viking/Mars Encounter, 1991
Crystal Jackson, Food and Entertainment at Cocoa Beach, 1966
      Scenes from the Cocoa Beach Area, 1966
      Watching the Gemini 10 Launch
Mitchell Jamieson, First Look, 1969
Chet Jezierski, Vacancy, 1982
Howard Koslow, Premiere Flight of Endeavour, 1993
Morton Kunstler, Tile Team, 1980
Pamela Lee, Bringing in the Big Boy, 1988
Peter Max, Man on the Moon, 1989
Robert McCall, Apollo Story Lithographs: First on the Moon
      Apollo Story Lithographs: Rendezvous
      Apollo Story Lithographs: Splashdown
When Thoughts Turn Inward Henry Casselli
When Thoughts Turn Inward
NASA Art Program, drybrush watercolor on paper, 1982
This painting communicates the introspective sensitivity of astronaut John Young during suit-up for Columbia's launch on April 12, 1981. Young, sitting alone in his spacesuit, bows his head, deep in private thought. A muted color palette contributes to the quiet mood and personal moment captured by Casselli's portraiture.1
Norman Rockwell
Man's First Step on the Moon
Oil on Canvas, 1966
© Norman Rockwell Family Trust
In this painting commissioned by Look, a popular picture magazine, Norman Rockwell predicted with remarkable foresight the monumental event that would transpire years later on July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the Moon. Because of the magazine's popularity, the work was widely distributed, providing a vast number of Americans a tantalizing preview of the much-anticipated lunar landing.1
Man's First Step on the Moon
John W. McCoy II, First Light, 1963 Greg Mort, Challenger in White, 1986
P.A. Nisbet, Go for the Stars, 1990
Andreas Nottebohm, Neptune and the Fire of Knowledge, 1990
      Unexplainable Textures Emerging on Saturn, the 13th of October, 2044 , 1982
Tom O'Hara, Space Riders, 1969
      Station 13, Collecting Rock Samples, 1972
      The Drill, 1972
      The Huge Mound, 1972
Jack Perlmutter, Flight of Columbia, 1981
Robert Rauschenberg, Stoned Moon Series: Earth Crust, 1969
Norman Rockwell, Man's First Step on the Moon, 1966
Charles Ross, Black Holes Make Me Think of Light, 1997
Paul Sample, Fire Crew After Saturn Launch, 1964
      Neighbors, 1964
      Pad 37, 1964
      To the Moon, 1964
Lonny Schiff, Passing Through the Rings of Saturn, 1989
      Satellite in Space, 1989
Charles Schmidt, Tiling the Space Shuttle Columbia Studies II, 1981
Robert Schulman, After Touchdown, 1981
Arthur Shilstone, Landing, 1981
Robert Shore, From the Inside, 1963
      Gordon Cooper, 1963
      Preflight, 1963
Howard Siskowitz, Discovery, 1984
      Paradox, 1984
      Redundancy, 1984
John Solie, Space Telescope Assembly, 1988
Nicholas Solovioff, The Last Apollo, 1972
Stephen Sprouse, NASA Rover Mars Pink, 1999/2000
Stan Stokes, X-15, 1986
Christian Vincent, Dreams, 1998
Andy Warhol, Moonwalk (1), 1987
Mindy Weisel, Out of the Unlit Earth: Celebrating Women in Space, 1998
George Weymouth, The Start, 1963
James Browning Wyeth, Apollo 11 One, Two, Three, 1969
      Support, 1965
Tina York, Fluid Dynamics, 1995
The Light Ship Atilla Hejja
The Light Ship
NASA Art Program, oil on masonite, 1984
Hejja protrays the first night launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger on August 30, 1983, in the grand style of American landscape painting, but from a dramatic aerial-view perspective. Kennedy Spaceport Center is spread out below the fiery column of a lifting Shuttle. Vapor clouds obscure the landscape, while other portions of it are lit by the rocket's trail.1
Peter Max
Man on the Moon
Oil on Paper, 1989
© Peter Max, 1989
In his playful, pop-art style, Peter Max positions an astronaut of superhuman scale to stand on the orb of the moon as if he were a climber having scaled a mountain summit. By simplifying the elements of human and Moon into a heraldic device, Max evokes the triumph as well as the desolation of conquering the Earth's bleak satellite.1
Man on the Moon

      "The Artistry of Space exhibition is exciting, because it touches all generations and gives us the opportunity to bring museum art to the nation, while incorporating the relationship of art to science and technology," said Debra Polich, President and CEO of Artrain USA. "Artrain USA is about touching lives and opening doors for people and communities. For some children and adults, it's the first time they have had the experience of visiting an art museum."
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      Susan Lawson-Bell, Artrain USA'scurator, selected paintings, drawings, prints, and sketches from the NASA Art Collection for the Artistry of Space tour. From the excitement of the initial effort to put a man on the moon to recent endeavors such as the Mars Pathfinder Mission and the Hubble Space Telescope, these world renowned artists have captured the spirit of space.
      The artworks range from realistic to abstract, created in media such as oil, acrylic, pen and ink, watercolor and pencil.
      See our Artrain FAQ and visit the Artrain USA web site for more information about the Artrain.

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1 Descriptions of the artwork © Susan Lawson-Bell, curator, Artrain, 1999. Used with permission.