Best in Show 

Stormclouds Approach Kitt Peak 

Digital image, inkjet print

Gautham Narayan

Microburst during the monsoon in Arizona on Kitt Peak, west of Tucson. The Mayall 4m dome and other telescopes operated by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory will remain closed this night, faced by the ferocity of the weather.

Gautham Narayan is a postdoctoral scientist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory and the University of Arizona and works on dark energy, supernovae, white dwarfs, and cares about science education & outreach, photography and nature. 

People's Choice 

Stress, on the rocks. 


Jamie Molaro

This book is a copy of my (recently defended) PhD thesis. My research focuses on the weathering rocks on the Moon due to the daily heating and cooling of its surface. Each day, thermal stresses form that can, over time, break down rocks into dust. Carved into the book is a cratered landscape created from lunar topography data, a landscape continuously modified by this thermal weathering process. [The wodden box in this piece was handcrafted by Ricki Weaver, from RickisWoodWorks on Etsy.]

Jamie Molaro recently defended her PhD in Planetary Science in this department. Her research focuses on surface processes on Earth, the Moon, and other solar system bodies. She founded The Art of Planetary Science exhibition three years ago, and loves to run the event along with other graduate students who are passionate about cultivating science literacy and appreciation in our society. 

Fine Art

Robot 30/Plantimal 2 (left)

Graphite on Paper

Andrew Lincoln Nelson

“Plantimal 2” is one of the most visually direct images in the “Living Machine” series. This work explores themes of mimetic evolution, Lamarckian evolution and self- construction. The creature in this drawing has both plant-like and animal-like components. This “plantimal” might be in the process of taking on the form of a smaller more machine-like creature which it is carrying.

Andrew Lincoln Nelson is an emerging artist working in Tucson, Arizona. His work includes graphite drawings of creature-like machines. His Living Machines series depicts life as it might be on other worlds (exobiology) or on an Earth of the distant future. The series explores post technological scenarios in which a fusion between which organic life and feral technology has occurred. 

Geomagnetic Reversal 2 (right)


Patrick Cobb

This series envisions what we may witness during a magnetic field polarity flip. The Earth currently possesses only one set of magnetic poles that drift aimlessly around the geographic North and South poles. During a polarity flip, multiple sets of poles may appear spontaneously resulting in the “northern lights” becoming a regular phenomenon at any latitude, from Miami to Machu Picchu.

Patrick Cobb is a mostly self-taught landscape photographer. The series, Geomagnetic Reversal, combines two of his favorite subjects, southwestern landscapes and the northern lights. He currently works as a solar installer, trying to help ween this country off of its fossil fuel addiction before its too late. 

Port 2099 (bottom)

Digital Art / Photoshop

Matthew Stricker

Industrial space port located inside a massive nebula.

Matthew is inspired by the eternal beauty of the heavens and is fluent in both traditional and digital art. Currently in Tucson he continues to work full-time as a painter/illustrator and graphic artist and recently had his work published in The Art of Space by Ron Miller. “I feel very blessed to be a self-taught artist and I’m continually inspired by the wonders and mysteries of God.” 

Data Art

Exo-Resonance (top)

Digital Print

Joshua Lothringer

As two planets orbit their star, the line connecting them draws out intricate geometrical patterns, some akin to lotus flowers, others to wormholes. The left pattern is Venus and Earth, which are in a near 8:13 resonance. In center is 55 Cancri b and c, two exoplanets 40-ly away close to a 1:3 resonance. The right pattern is Kepler 11, 2000-ly away, with exoplanets c and e in a near 2:5 resonance.

Joshua Lothringer is a second-year graduate student at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory studying the atmospheres of super-Earth and sub-Neptune exoplanets through transit spectroscopy using optical and infrared observations from Hubble Space Telescope. He thinks exoplanets are awesome. 

The Moon, in Gravity (bottom)

Digital Media

James Tuttle Keane

Measurements of a planet's gravity field provide clues to the interior structure of a planet. These graphics illustrate some of the beauty within the gravity field of the Moon, as measured by the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission.

James Keane is a 5th year PhD candidate at the University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. He studies the interplay between orbital/rotational dynamics and planetary geology of terrestrial and icy satellites (with an emphasis on the Moon). In his spare time, he enjoys drawing, painting, and graphic design.

Wind and Water at Great Sand Dunes, Colorado (right, double panel)

Prints on Aluminum

Stephen Scheidt

By subduing and stretching reflected light, a desolate desert appears as a dark, turbulent sea of sand. On a wet day in its future, would rain wash away Mars' red dust from the planet's black sands? At Great Sand Dunes, one ponders how rivers and dunes entangle each other, pushed and shoved around by the same elements that shaped the red planet.

I gain a unique view of our planet using a camera mounted on a kite. The photographs are collected with specialized equipment and are processed by computer to create data for research. The images often invoke the unfamiliar, reminiscent of other worlds, some unreal. Here I explore a space with arbitrary color, scale and perspective to ponder the strangeness of our own planet. 

Honorable Mentions

Saturn V, First Stage (top left)


Eric Sahr

This photograph depicts an extreme close-up of a section of the first stage of a Saturn V rocket. This stage would have lofted Apollo 19 to orbit in July 1972, on a mission to the Moon's Hyginis rille region. The stage is now located in a display of an entire Saturn V launch vehicle at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Eric Sahr is a Systems Engineering graduate student at the University of Arizona. He also works in the Science Processing & Operations Center for the OSIRIS-REx Sample Return Mission. 

Multiple Event Horizons (top right)

Oil on Canvas

Mark Prusten

This original piece is concept artwork depicting multiple event horizons and their interaction.

Mark Prusten is a Visual Effects Supervisor, Matte Painter and Optical Science Consultant. He formed and to create photo- real HDRI content for film, commercials, and virtual reality. Mark has been a VFX Leader on over 30 feature films, like Avatar, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Harry Potter. He holds degrees in M.S. in Optical Sciences & Animation and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering Univ. of Arizona. In 2013 he was recognized in the top 100 most Innovative Executives worldwide, and the top 200 scientists utilizing Stephen Wolframs Mathematica. 

The Wanderer (bottom left)

Acrylic Paint on Canvas and Meteorite Dust

Simon Kregar

Voyager 1 and 2 were launched in 1977 and explored the outer solar system. To date they are the first spacecraft to enter interstellar space. Aboard are the Voyager Records which are phonograph records that contain sounds and images selected to show the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life who may find them.

Simon Kregar is a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, a founding member and CoChair of the Tucson Chapter of the IAAA and a member of the Portrait Artists of Arizona. His work is featured in the book, "The Art of Space" by Ron Miller, is on permanent loan to Biosphere 2 and he was nominated 2 consecutive years in a row for the Arizona Governor's Arts Award. 

Swan's Blossom (bottom center)

Acrylic on canvas

Earl Billick

In the constellation Cygnus resides the glowing cloud of interstellar gas and dust Sh2- 101, commonly called the Tulip Nebula. Approximately 8,000 light-years away and 70 light-years across. Red, green, and blue hues are emissions from ionized sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms.

Earl Billick is a native and resident of Tucson, Arizona (considered by many to be the astronomy capital of the U.S.) An Artist member of the International Association of Astronomical Artist and the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. His lifelong passion for aerospace, science and astronomy, along with his interest in the speculative and fantastic, are evident in many of his creations and designs. Earl works in several mediums including acrylic and oil painting, inks, graphite, digital media and sculpture., 

LEG-OSIRIS-REx (bottom right)


Dave Shaddix

This limited edition model of OSIRIS-REx took 25 hours to design and is made with 517 LEGO bricks. Due to the complexity of this model, it comes fully (mostly) assembled and includes a fully-articulating TAGSAM arm, dual-axis solar arrays and a LEGO-built display stand. Look for this model on LEGO IDEAS. If enough people support it, we can turn this into an official LEGO set!

Dave Shaddix is a freelance artist who, using LEGO® bricks as a medium along with just the right amount of imagination creates unique, three-dimensional sculptures, models, portraits and mosaics! A kid at heart, Shaddix never quite fit the mold of the corporate world and eventually learned that it was unhealthy and pointless to try. Today, based in his Phoenix Studio, Shaddix accepts commissions from individuals and businesses who want a unique expression of their vision or identity. He is also available to build custom creations at events and conventions.