Frontier Humanities

Support the Space Art Development Fund by sending a tax deductible contribution to: National Space Society SPACE ARTS DEVELOPMENT FUND 1620 I St. NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20006

Mark your calendars and join the international space community for
Arts in Space Programs and Space Art Gallery & Sale

at the 26th International Space Development Conference
Sponsored by the National Space Society
May 25 - 28, 2007
InterContinental Hotel in Dallas, TX, United States

Lowry Burgess and Frank Pietronigro will serve the community as Co-Chairs and help organize Arts In Space Programs with the support of the STUDIO For Creative Inquiry at the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University and the Zero Gravity Arts Consortium’s (ZGAC) International Conference Program.  Teresa Patterson of Pegasus Management will serve the community in helping organize the Space Art Gallery and Sale.


We welcome nominations for award recipients, in the following categories, from the ISDC2007 Organizing Committee, 2006 Leonardo DaVinci Space Art Award Recipients, and Space Art Track Advisory Committee members.  Please send your nominations (include name and contact information of nominee, affiliation, and category of award) by March 1, 2007 to Lowry Burgess at: [email protected]

"Moments In The Infinite Absolute" created by Lowry Burgess. Flown with Zero Gravity Corporation during ISDC2006 ZGAC SKY STUDIO FLIGHT

It is our intention to host the Leonardo da Vinci Space Art Awards ceremony sometime during ISDC2007 and we will invite the larger space science community to join in the festivities.   Award recipients will be notified by March 1, 2007.  Award recipients are strongly encouraged but are not required to attend ISDC2007.

*ISDC Space Art Life Dedication Awards,
Awarded to an individual for specific reasons as identified by the nominee.
*ISDC Space Art Advocate Award,
Awarded to a space scientist or space science organization dedicated to supporting Space Art.
*ISDC Space Art Organization Award,
Awarded to organizations dedicated to supporting Space Art.
*ISDC Zero Gravity Art Awards,
Awarded to pioneers who have consistently contributed to the production of new works of art in microgravity / alternative gravity environments.
*The 2nd Annual ISDC Artronaut Award,
Awarded to an individual artist who has made significant adventures into the new frontiers of space exploration.
*ISDC Space Art Scholastic and Curatorial Awards,
Awarded to international scholars who have made exceptional contributions to the space art community.
*ISDC Special Space Art Awards,
Awarded to individuals for specific reasons as identified by the nominee.

"Microgravity Mobile" created by Frank Pietronigro. Flown with Zero Gravity Corporation during ISDC2006 ZGAC SKY STUDIO FLIGHT



The Co-Chairs for the Space Art Track consider the ISDC2007 conference as a “From Old Frontiers to New: Celebrating 50 years of Space Flight” for artists and we encourage the space arts community to directly submit abstracts to all tracks being programmed for the conference.  Abstracts submitted should follow the guidelines for each track while enriching the discussions from a humanities, artistic and cultural points of view.   Rather than having artists present in a separate Space Art Track room as we did in 2006, we challenge our space art community colleagues to adventure into the larger community of scientists and engineers while networking with all of the conference attendees as a way of forging new cultural highways across the space exploration frontier.  This strategy will weave artists into the community of scientists while fortifying interdisciplinary connections and networking opportunities as artists highlight their programs, projects and concepts to scientists.  

FOR ISDC2007 program information and abstract submission guidelines please visit: program.html

We welcome the submission of space art project videos and documentation (in DVD NTSC format) that will be screened as a part of ISDC2007.   We also encourage colleagues to create new video works reflecting space art and culture in space (without voice-over, in DVD NTSC format, programmed to loop) that we plan to present prior to, during and after conference lunches and dinners.
Please program your DVD to automatically start playing once inserted into the DVD player and forward a copy to: ISDC2007 Space Art Track, c/o Frank Pietronigro, P. O. Box 193163, San Francisco, CA 94119-3163.  Please include the following information with you DVD as well as email a copy to Frank Pietronigro at: [email protected]
TITLE: - DESCRIPTION: (A brief 1 paragraph description of content) - PRODUCTION TEAM: - TRT: - DATE:
Virtual Conference
Members of the international space arts community have expressed interest in creating a virtual component to our space art presence at ISDC2007.  We hope to reinforce connections between the larger international space arts community and the ISDC Conference using iChat or other alternative means of communication that will help bring our community to the conference while avoiding excessive personal travel costs and time commitments.  If you are interested in volunteering on an ARTS IN SPACE: Virtual Conference Committee and help make this idea a reality, please visit Community Zero / Spaceculture and add you name in the LISTS Section under ARTISTS IN SPACE: Virtual Conference:
(Email [email protected] if you are not a member of Community Zero / Spaceculture and an invitation for you to join will be sent directly).


Artists are invited to submit proposals to fly microgravity space art projects during the second SKY STUDIO: Zero Gravity Arts Consortium's Parabolic Research Flight for Artists.  Seats will be sold on an individual basis so you can join us for a parabolic flight flown by Zero Gravity Corporation (ZGC) at a cost of $3,750.00 + tax.  These seats are also available for curators, media representatives, historians, writers and other people interested in flying with artists to observe the evolution of parabolic flight art projects first hand.   The flight, date and departure city is tentative based upon Zero Gravity Corporation flight availability.  For proposal submission guidelines, to make reservations to fly or for more information please email Frank Pietronigro at: [email protected]  For more information on ZGAC please visit

Zero Gravity Corporation (also known as ZERO-G) is a Fort Lauderdale-based company that operates weightless flights.  The company operates a modified Boeing 727 which flies parabolic arcs similar to those of NASA's KC-135 Reduced Gravity Aircraft.

The 2007 ISDC, in conjunction with Pegasus Management, will also be sponsoring an art gallery and auction as part of the conference activities.   The art show will be open to artists who work in all variety of two dimensional and three dimensional media related to space, science, and science fiction themes and will include an auction process for those artist wishing to present their work for sale.   There will also be a print shop available for those artists wishing to sell multiple prints or reproductions.  Display fees and commissions will apply, but the show will be open on a first come first serve basis to artists even if they are not attending the ISDC conference.  For more information contact Pegasus Management c/o Teresa Patterson at [email protected], or via telephone at 817 535-1779 and 214 478-7856 or check the ISDC website for updates on rules and registration information.

We hope you will join us in enthusiastically contributing support in any amount, knowing that various activities of this Space Art Development Fund will energize and strengthen the Space Art community as a whole.  Please address your tax-deductible contributions as soon as possible to:

National Space Society, SPACE ART DEVELOPMENT FUND, 1620 I St. NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC  20006

Please make your checks payable to: National Space Society – Space Art Program


Thank you for your time and consideration and we look forward to sharing more amazing space art adventures in Dallas.  If you have questions or would like to discuss ISDC2007 Space Art Track programs, please contact Lowry Burgess or Frank Pietronigro
Lowry Burgess
Co-Chair, FRONTIER HUMANITIES: Arts in Space Programs, 26th International Space Development Conference
Professor, Distinguished Fellow
The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
The Center for the Arts and Society
College o f Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412 441 7199
412 999 8496  (studio)
[email protected]
Frank Pietronigro
Interdisciplinary Artist
Co-Founder and Project Director
Zero Gravity Arts Consortium
Associate Fellow, STUDIO For Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University
Co-Chair, FRONTIER HUMANITIES: Arts in Space Programs, 26th International Space Development Conference
P. O. Box 193163, San Francisco, CA 94119-3163
[email protected]

FRONTIER HUMANITIES: Arts In Space Programs and Space Art Exhibition

The National Space Society
The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, international, educational, grassroots nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to the creation of a space faring civilization. The NSS has more than 22,000 members, and 75 chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The NSS, founded in 1974 by Wernher von Braun, is widely acknowledged as the preeminent citizen’s voice on space.

STUDIO For Creative Inquiry
College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University
The STUDIO is a center for experimental and interdisciplinary arts in the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. Founded in 1989, the STUDIO connects artistic enterprises to academic disciplines across the Carnegie Mellon campus, to the community of Pittsburgh and beyond. The STUDIO's mission is to support creation and exploration in the arts, especially interdisciplinary projects that bring together the arts, sciences, technology, and the humanities, and impact local and global communities.
Zero Gravity Arts Consortium
Zero Gravity Arts Consortium (ZGAC) is an international Space Art organization dedicated to fostering greater access for artists to space flight technology through the creation of international partnerships with space agencies, arts organizations, corporations and leading universities. Based in the United States, ZGAC is the first organization of its kind, facilitating parabolic flight projects that will set the stage for teams of artists to have permanent access to space.  ZGAC supports international Space Art conference programs as a way for artists from all over the globe to affiliate our programs.  Zero Gravity Arts Consortium welcomes your participation in our organization.  For more information on how you can contribute please email: [email protected]

Professor Priscila Arantes – Chairman, Post Graduate Studies for Interactive Medias- SENAC, Supervisor of Art and Technology Habilitation in Digital Media at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil.

Annick Bureaud - Leonardo/Olats; Leonardo Space Art Working Group, France

James D. Burke - International Space University, United States

Richard Clar - Art Technologies, France

Marcos Cuzziol- ItauLab - Itau Cultural Institute, Brazil

Burke Fort - President, Foundation For Space Exploration and Director, Texas Space Grant Consortium, University of Texas Center For Space Research, United States

Dr. Tania Fraga (Tania Regina Fraga da Silva) - Artist and Freelance Architect; Researcher at the University of Brasilia, Brazil

Holly Henry - California State University San Bernardino, United States

Jeffrey Hoffman - Former NASA Astronaut, United States

Bettyann Holtzmann Kevles - The Planetary Society Member - Professor of History, Yale University, United States

Marko Peljhan - Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, Director Zavod Projekt Atol Institute, Slovenia

Lorelei Lisowsky - ZGAC, United Kingdom and the United States

Richard Lowenberg - Radlab, United States

Roger Malina - International Academy of Astronautics; Leonardo Space Art Working Group, France and the United States

Margaret Myers - STUDIO For Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, United States

Dr. Dana J. Newman - Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, Director of Technology and Policy Program, MacVicar Faculty Fellow, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States

David Raitt – Sr. Technology Transfer Officer, European Space Agency, Netherlands

Jon Ramer - International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), United States

Chris Robinson- Visual Artist, Associate Professor of Art, Department of Art/Nano Center, University of South Carolina; CO PI, NSF funded Nano

Science and Technology Studies and Nano/Bio Mechanics Research Groups,
United States

Douglas Rushkoff - Interactive Telecommunications Advisor, United States

Chiori Santiago - Freelance Journalist; Editor Japanese American Historical Society; Co-Chair, Asian Pacific Advisory Committee, Oakland Museum of CA, United States

Jean Luc Soret - Space Art One, France

Nicola Triscott - The Arts Catalyst, United Kingdom

Meredith Tromble -San Francisco Art Institute, Center for Art+Science, United States

Natasha Vita-More – Media Artist/Designer, Futurist; M.S., M.Phil., PhD Candidate, Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth; Extropy Institute, President; Transhumanism, Founders

Mike Wiskerchen - California Space Grant Consortium, United States

Arthur Woods - The OURS Foundation; Leonardo Space Art Working Group, Switzerland

Tsutomu Yamanaka - Senior Researcher; Space Environment Utilization Center; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan