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, 2015 and again in 2016, 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” and "Spaceships"by Ron Miller and has been featured on websites such as The Universe of Carl, the Smithsonian 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.
Simon currently is the CoChair of the Tucson Chapter of International Artists which promotes Space Art and has developed and run Art shows for the International Symposium of Personal and Commercial Spaceflight, The Space Tech Expo, the Biosphere 2, and the Lunar Planetary Laboratory.
"I try to serve the most basic function of fine art through my work, inspiration. My hope is to help build a common culture founded in science and rational thought combined with an understanding of who and where we are in the Universe. I also have my heroes who inspire me, those people that have changed the world through their passion and work and unwavering dedication to determine the nature of reality. I feel that it is important we not only remember these people, but honor them in a way that is fitting of their respective achievements.