NASA Art Program

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The NASA Art Program was established in 1962 by the United States to commission artists, including Norman Rockwell and Robert Rauschenberg, for the purpose of recording history of space exploration through the eyes of artists. The first director of the Art Program was James Dean (NASA). Using artists of different mediums and genres serves the purpose of educating different audiences about NASA and space exploration. To give the artists the best experience possible, NASA allowed them unprecedented access to sites and materials. Participants were present at suit-up, launch sites, and press releases.[1] All works, from sketches to finished products, were given to NASA for use in museums and exhibitions.[2] The collection now includes 2,500 works by more than 350 artists.

Noted artists[edit]


  • Bertram Ulrich — Curator
  • Robert Schulman — Curator (1975 - 1994)
  • James Dean (NASA) — Founding Director, NASA Art Program, 1962-1974


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