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 Pima Air and Space Museum, SpaceFest, The Division of Planetary Sciences Annual meeting, The International Space Development Conference and the Tucson Museum of Art.
Simons work can currently be seen at the Johnsville Centrifuge and Science Museum, University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, and the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. Simon is currently the Director of Exhibitions for the International Association of Astronomical Art and the Art Director for the Constellation Foundation.
Simon subscribes to the school of Neuroesthetics which takes a scientific approach to the study of aesthetic perceptions of art and music.
"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.
DAYTON, Ohio --
A new space art exhibit hosted by the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in conjunction with the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) titled “The Beauty of Space,” will open at the museum on Feb. 26, 2021.
The Exhibit, which will be on display in the museum’s Cold War Gallery, will include 49 awe-inspiring pieces in varying mediums from 20 artists. IAAA selected the artwork for the exhibition through a jury process and features such topics as space missions, spacecraft, astronauts, planets, constellations, nebulas and galaxies to name a few.
Just as 19th century painters used art to spark exploration of the American West, space artists today use the latest scientific research to create works that inspire our journeys into the next frontier. As humankind seeks to uncover the mysteries contained in the far reaches of the universe, space art seeks to show us what we may find. While we do not yet know all the stories held by the stars, “The Beauty of Space” exhibit spurs us to unleash our curiosity and keep moving forward on this grand human adventure.
This exhibit is on display through Sept. 26, 2021. Admission and parking are free.
Lowell Observatory is pleased to present a group exhibition of works featuring artists of the International Association of Astronomical Artists. The exhibition features artwork from Artists and Planetary Scientists, Dr. William K. Hartmann, Dr. Dan Durda, and Dr. Mark Garlick. In addition works from artists Richard Bizley, Lynette Cook, Don Dixon, David Hardy, Steve Hobbs, Adrianna Allen, Pat Rawlings, Michelle Rouch, Marilynn Flynn, and Simon Kregar.