Space Shuttle Art

November 1, 1981 – January 3, 1982

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Space Hall, Gallery 114, 1st Floor, East Wing Floor Plan

On view are 28 works of art documenting the development of the Space Shuttle project. Featured are drawings, watercolors, gouaches, acrylics, and oils, depicting various aspects of the project from the early tests in 1977 to the 1st launch of Columbia on April 12, 1981. Among the American artists and illustrators represented are Arthur Shilstone, Robert McCall, Charles Schmidt, Maria Epes, and James Dean.

The exhibition was prepared in coordination with NASA. For more than 18 years, NASA has commissioned artists to record key events in the U.S. space program; these works are only a portion of NASA's collection of Space Shuttle art.