Simon Kregar 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.
Simon’s work is featured in the book “The Art of Space” and "Spaceships" by Ron Miller, and “The Beauty of Space Art” By Ron Miller and Jon Ramer. He is the primary illustrator and art director for Astronaut Ron Garan’s Children's Book “Railroad to the Moon.”
Simon's work can currently be seen at the Johnsville Centrifuge and Science Museum, University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, The Lowell Observatory, The Osiris REX Mission Control, and The National Museum of the US Air Force, and the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. He has been invited to show at the White House and the Kennedy Space Center. Simon has done commissions for the families of Apollo and Shuttle Astronauts, NASA Administrators, WorldView Headquarters, Dr. Carolyn Porco, and The AARP among others.
In addition Simon holds a Fellowship in Art and Science Communication from the University of Arizona. Simon is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Portrait Artists of Arizona and the IAAA.
"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.