(TUCSON – December 23, 2015) The Tucson Public Main Library will open a unique exhibition featuring Arizona artist Simon Kregar Jr. from January 3, on view until January 31, 2016. Beyond will feature nearly 20 works by Kregar, including his highly regarded Space Series, as well as portraits of scientists, science communicators and astronauts. In addition, the exhibition will be supported by early works by the artist offering a window into his methodology.
Simon Peter Kregar, Jr. is an award winning fine artist whose focus is promoting science and an awareness of our place in the Universe. Both classically trained and self taught, his subjects include authors, scientists, astronomical art, and noted astronauts He was nominated for the prestigious Governor’s Arts Award in 2014 and again in 2015, which recognizes excellence in artistic expression and outstanding contributions to the Arizona arts community. Simon’s work is featured in the book “The Art of Space” by Ron Miller and has been featured on websites such as I Fu#$ing Love Science, The Universe of Carl and the Cassini Imaging website Ciclops. He has been invited to show at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Pima Air and Space Museum, SpaceFest, The Division of Planetary Sciences Annual meeting, and the Tucson Museum of Art. Simon subscribes to the school of Neuroesthetics which takes a scientific approach to the study of aesthetic perceptions of art and music.
ABOUT THE TUCSON PUBLIC LIBRARY ARTS PROGRAM
The Tucson Public Library hand picks 12 local artists to show their work at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library in downtown Tucson AZ over the course of a year. That branch gets more than 40,000 visitors each month and the space is incredibly visible to a vibrant and growing downtown community.
Joel D. Valdez Main Library
101 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
You can see my interview on Channel 9s The Morning Blend here