The project is coordinated by Daniela de Paulis (Italy/Netherlands), in collaboration with Richard Clar (France/USA), Jon Ramer (USA), Kathleen Horner (USA) and Robert Eklund (USA).
Daniela de Paulis (Italy/Netherlands):
Daniela de Paulis is a visual artist and lecturer living and working between Italy and The Netherlands. She exhibits internationally, often collaborating with other artists, scientists and radio amateurs. She holds a BA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy, and a Master Degree in Media Arts from Plymouth University, UK. Since October 2009 she has been the first artist in residence at the Dwingeloo radio telescope (NL) where she developed, together with the CAMRAS and the ASTRON team, a technology called Visual Moonbounce, which allows sending images to the Moon and back as radio signals, using HAM radio equipment. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam, developing her research on Radio Astronomy and Neuroscience. Since 2010 she has been collaborating with the international collective Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), as the founder and director of the AstroArts programme. In 2013 she founded Cabine Voltaire, a pioneering online, collaborative platform for open debate on the arts and science. More information on her work can be found on www.opticks.info and www.danieladepaulis.com
Richard Clar (France/USA):
RichardRichard Clar is a Los Angeles new media interdisciplinary artist who now resides in Paris. Clar, who studied at the Chouinard Art Institute (now Cal-Arts), is an early pioneer of art-in-space and began work in this field in 1982 with a NASA approved concept for an art-payload for the U.S. Space Shuttle. Philosophical in nature, themes for Richard Clar's art-in-space projects include: space environment issues, such as orbital debris; war and peace; the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and water management on Earth. The work of Richard Clar has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and universities in the United States and Europe and may be found in corporate collections such as JBL Sound and the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. In 2001, and again in 2002, Clar coordinated the Leonardo/OLATS/IAA Space Art Workshops in Paris. Richard Clar is the Director of Art Technologies, Paris; a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA); a Member of the IAA SETI Permanent Committee, and a member of the Leonardo Space Art Working Group. Clar was the Secretary of the former Art and Literature Subcommittee of the International Academy of Astronautics, and a past Member of the Executive Board, Graphic Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Jon Ramer (USA):
Jon Ramer pic smallA career military officer and avid world traveler, Jon draws on his international experiences in his art. While living in Australia, he was exposed to the aboriginal “dot art” technique and was intrigued by its complex patterns and simple beauty. After studying the method, he began combining it with his interests of astronomy and sea diving. Jon’s experience as a landscape photographer, both aerial and underwater, also provides him with his ideas for subject matter and perspective. Jon works in both acrylics and oils and, as a lifetime artist member and President of The International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), his works have been seen in several astronomical and scientific art shows. Jon has also published several educational articles for children and edited the quarterly magazine for the IAAA for over five years.
- Editor and co-writer of internationally acclaimed art book, “The Beauty of Space” ISBN 978-1-4507-9635-4 and 978-1-4507-9636-1, published 2010
- International Space Development Conference May 9-14, 2006, Los Angeles, CA
- The Artist’s Universe, IAAA traveling show, participant since 2003
- SpaceWorld 2000 tour, Feb 2000 – Jun 2001, Liege, Belgium, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England
- Pioneers of the Imagination: A Symposium Celebrating the Role of Artists in the Exploration of the Space Frontier, University of Delaware, 30 Sep - 1 Nov 1999
- 8th Annual Space Frontier Conference, September 23-26, 1999, Los Angeles, CA
Kathleen Horner (USA):
Kathleen drawingKathleen Horner is a professional artist and photographer having been involved in free lance work for over 29 years. She is owner of Flower Sculptures and sells her custom designed artwork to the museum industry nationally. She is also an avid amateur astronomer and highly active in her local astronomy club which feeds her inspiration and passion to create artistically rendered earth and night sky digital photography artwork . Over the years she has developed a multi-faceted photography style ranging from simple natural light photography work to artistically mastered digital art covering a wide variety of subject matter in traditional, interpreted abstract and fantasy photography styles. She and her husband, Davis, have published a new eBook, “The Tales of Astro Cat, a Feline Family Chronicle of the Great Astronomers”. The inspiration behind the story is due to their beloved Point Lynx Siamese cat, Marble, who has established fame in his own right with the international community online. Writing the book gave her the opportunity to spread her wings as a digital artist in creating the stunning and realistically rendered illustrations found in each chapter. Utilizing her talents as a photographer and her observations of the night sky, each art piece was created from her vast collection of original photographs and compiled digitally in photoshop. She continues to work on an ever expanding collection of “Cats and the Constellation” composed of cats in awe and wonder upon the night sky along with future plans for other exciting astro artwork and eBooks. More information on Kathleen can be found at her website, http://www.kathleen-horner.artistwebsites.com
Bob Eklund (USA):
Bob Eklund has loved the sky and the stars all his life. At age five, he went to live with his grandfather, who worked at Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin. After his grandfather showed him Saturn through one of Yerkes’ great telescopes, he wanted to be an astronomer—but he had such a hard time with math that he instead became a writer, editor, teacher, and astropoet. For many years Bob has helped the Mount Wilson Observatory with its public outreach programs. He is the author of a book of poetry about astronomy, called First Star I See Tonight: an Exploration of Wonder. His column, “Looking Up,” appears weekly in several Southern California newspapers. Since 2010 he has edited the AWB website and its Astropoetry Blog. Bob and his wife, Laura, first got together at the total solar eclipse of 1979. After 34 years, they continue looking up at stars, satellites, and airplanes from their home in Westchester, California, only a few blocks from the Los Angeles International Airport.
Every month, the AstroArt program will feature an "AstroArtist of the Month" - an artist, scientist, or other creative mind showcasing his or her work through photos, videos, interviews, live streaming and more. Each presentation is unique, and is tailored to the artist or scientist's work. AstroArts is an international program without geographical or age limits.