image above by Jedidiah Dore
Opening Reception Saturday, June 3, 2017 7-10pm
Art.Science.Gallery. announces the opening of Far Out, the gallery’s newest art exhibition in partnership with the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and coincident with the AAS summer meeting and the Women in Astronomy conference, both in Austin, Texas. A mini, traveling version of the Art & Science 2017: James Webb Space Telescope exhibit currently on display at the Visitors Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, artwork in the Far Out exhibit was inspired by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.
In November 2016, twenty-two artists were selected nationwide to attend the James Webb Space Telescope Artist Event at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. They sat directly in front of the Webb telescope and were briefed on the mission by scientists, engineers and other project personnel while they worked. Art.Science.Gallery.’s Far Out exhibit showcases the impressions of eight of these artists.
The James Webb Space Telescope is the world’s most advanced space observatory. This engineering marvel is designed to unravel some of the greatest mysteries of the universe, from discovering the first stars and galaxies that formed after the big bang to studying the atmospheres of planets around other stars. It is a joint project of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency.
The opening reception will be held on Saturday June 3, 2017 7-10pm at the gallery’s main location in the Canopy fine arts complex at 916 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78702. The exhibit runs June 3 – July 29, 2017.
Joanna Barnum (Abingdon, MD)
Erin Barry–Dutro (Baltimore, MD)
Jedidiah Dore (New York, NY)
Veronica Guzzardi (Los Angeles, CA)
Hannah Larrabee (Salem, MA)
Joan Lok (Columbia, MD)
Laddie Scott Odom (Riverdale, MD)
Cameron Stern (New York, NY)
Saturday, June 3, 2017 7-10pm.
The opening reception will feature remarks by Maggie Masetti from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the James Webb Space Telescope social media lead and website manager. Masetti developed the original JWST artist event and exhibit, which is currently on display at the Visitors Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
June 3 – July 29, 2017 (free and open to the public, donations accepted)
Gallery Hours (Summer 2017)
Tuesdays 12-5pm, Wednesdays – Saturdays 12-6pm and by appointment*
*The gallery will have extended hours during the American Astronomical Society and Women in Astronomy meetings June 3 – June 11, 2017, please check our website for details or call 512-522-8278.
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The following special events are scheduled to take place at Art.Science.Gallery. during the Far Out exhibition. Guests may RSVP to any event and see more event details at www.artsciencegallery.eventbrite.com
Science Talk with NASA Astrophysicist Dr. Stefanie Milam
Thursday June 8, 2017 7-8pm
Dr. Milam is a Planetary Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and serves as the James Webb Space Telescope Deputy Project Scientist for Planetary Science.
June Artist Pop-Up: Eileen McKeon Butt
Friday June 23, 2017 6-9pm (artist reception), Saturday June 24 12-6pm, Sunday June 25th 4-8pm
Art.Science.Gallery.’s monthly artist trunk show & art sale features Austin-based painter and member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, Eileen McKeon Butt. She will have wearable space art tees and accessories along with her paintings inspired by astronomy and nature.
Art.Science.Galllery.’s 5th Birthday Party!
Saturday July 8, 2017 6-9pm
July Artist Pop-Up
Friday July 28, 2017 6-9pm (artist reception), Saturday July 29 12-6pm, Sunday June 30th 4-8pm. July’s artist TBA.
Far Out exhibit // Closing Reception
Saturday, July 29th 7-9pm
Founded in 2012, Art.Science.Gallery. is a crowd-funded art space dedicated to art-science fusion of all kinds. Located in the Canopy fine arts complex in East Austin, the gallery’s mission is to engage the public in the natural sciences through the visual arts. Art.Science.Gallery. exhibits artwork that is steeped in and reflective of scientific ideas; artwork that exemplifies the integration of scientific knowledge and discovery with a very thorough artistic process. Art.Science.Gallery. is also proud to be a woman-owned small business and a Platinum-Level Austin Green Business Leader.
ABOUT THE JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE
The James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST or Webb) will be a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror. The telescope will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana in October of 2018.
JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System.
JWST was formerly known as the “Next Generation Space Telescope” (NGST); it was renamed in Sept. 2002 after a former NASA administrator, James Webb.
JWST is an international collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is managing the development effort. The main industrial partner is Northrop Grumman; the Space Telescope Science Institute will operate JWST after launch.
Several innovative technologies have been developed for JWST. These include a primary mirror made of 18 separate segments that unfold and adjust to shape after launch. The mirrors are made of ultra-lightweight beryllium. JWST’s biggest feature is a tennis court sized five-layer sunshield that attenuates heat from the Sun more than a million times. The telescope’s four instruments – cameras and spectrometers – have detectors that are able to record extremely faint signals. One instrument (NIRSpec) has programmable microshutters, which enable observation up to 100 objects simultaneously. JWST also has a cryocooler for cooling the mid-infrared detectors of another instrument (MIRI) to a very cold 7 K so they can work.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. Our mission is to enhance and share humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe. The 230th meeting of AAS will be held in Austin, Texas June 4 – 8, 2017. Women in Astronomy IV: The Many Faces of Women Astronomers, a conference sponsored by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the American Astronomical Society (AAS), with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), will take place June 9 – 11, 2017, following the 2017 AAS Summer Meeting in Austin, Texas.