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.
Simon Kregar shares his work blending science and art through paintings of astronauts and space.
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 24 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.