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What is Space Art?

"Saturn From Titan" by Chesley Bonestell, © The Bonestell Archve Chances are if you are the kind of person who looks up into the night sky and stops in wonder, you are also the kind of person who would climb aboard a starship and go see those distant wonders up close if offered a seat. Don’t worry, you are not alone in those “otherworldly” desires! Unfortunately, we don’t have starships (yet!), but we do have the next best thing – human imagination. And if you combine that imagination with those otherworldly desires and some artistic talent, you get a group of people who actually do go “out there” every day, the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). "Space" or "Astronomical" Art is the embodiment of that extraterrestrial leap in human imagination. It is a genre of artistic expression that strives to show the wonders of the Universe, despite the artist having never been to the place they are depicting. Inspiring, uplifting, even mesmerizing, Space Art helps to fulfill a deep set need in the human spirit to go and see. We are a species of explorers; it is in our very nature to wonder about what is over the next hill, across the river, beyond that mountain, on the next planet. And when we can't go there ourselves, we send the imagination of an artist. The IAAA is the only guild of artists in the world dedicated to bringing those distant wonders down to Earth all to marvel at. Founded in 1982, the IAAA today... Read More..