FOGE Space Art Exhibit


Featured Artists and their Art


Links to the Artists’ Web Sites

The works of art shown below were selected for the 2006 FOGE Space Art Exhibit.  If you would like to nominate someone or their works of art for consideration for the 2007 exhibit or if you have some space art of your own that you would like to provide for next year’s exhibit, please let us know by sending e-mail to the team.  2006 FOGE Space Art Exhibit Brochure (585kb PDF file).

2006 Traveling Space Art Exhibit

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Federation of Galaxy Explorers

A winged nuclear-powered space ship sits on the bleak and frozen surface of a small moon orbiting an Old Earth-like planet in another solar system. The explorers are now moving back towards their ship after gathering scientific data and mineral samples.  Although frozen water has been found on this moon - it is at a temperature close to absolute zero and no heat differential has been found even in the inner core. Except for a faint indication of gasses on the blurred horizon - most of the atmosphere has long since vacated into space - leaving only the frozen surface.  The few stars that are visible show an unfamiliar pattern indicating this planetary system is far removed from the Old Earth system where man first tasted space travel and exploration millennia before.  This expedition has been assigned the task of mapping several planetary systems in a remote fringe section of the galaxy - so far removed from the center that the millions of stars that make up what is still referred to as the Milky Way are no longer visible.  Thousands of scout ships engaged in similar exploration continue to uncover new, startling, and undreamed-of secrets as well as proving (and just as often disproving) the earlier theories handed down through the many centuries.

Another Time — Another Place by Frank Hettick

A digital illustration produced for Space Adventures, an adventure travel company which plans to eventually offer commercial tourist spaceflights. In this view, tourists prepare to board a reusable vehicle used for sub-orbital spaceflights.

Boarding by Joe Bergeron

A fanciful view of a planet and a galaxy from a rocky planet.

Crag of Gold by Joe Bergeron

Destiny Outpost by Frank Hettick

An ion-powered explorer ship lifts off from a bleak and lonely moon in a system far removed from Old Earth.  This scientific research station in a remote part of the Milky Way galaxy has been gathering data from surrounding quadrants for decades as part of a galaxy-wide effort to learn more about our universe.


The impetus in the search for extraterrestrial life gained huge support following the first detection of cellular life forms in 2017 in the deep oceans of Europa, a moon of Jupiter in the Old Earth system.


Although robotic missions have returned huge amounts of data from millions of systems these past few centuries, the need for on-site investigations has finally been realized and humanoid explorers have begun to fill in gaps in our knowledge base.


The large planet appears earth-like but like so many has turned out to be populated only by virus-forms and therefore declared off-limits for humanoid visitors – and despite the number of planets on which life has been found to date only a few thousand are Earth-like enough to support humanoid life.

International Space Station by Mark Waki.  Copyright Alliant Techsystems Inc., reproduced with permission.*

America's Space Shuttle Endeavour docks with the International Space Station orbiting about 220 nautical miles above the earth. The ISS program is the largest scientific cooperative effort in history, drawing on the resources and expertise of 16 nations.

© Frank Hettick

© Frank Hettick

© Alliant Techsystems Inc.

© Joe Bergeron

© Joe Bergeron

Exploring the Space Frontier by Robert McCall*

Interested in exploring the Space Frontier?  If so, join the Galaxy of Explorers today.

© Robert McCall

1. The following works of art have been loaned to FOGE for the 2006 Traveling Space Art Exhibit or are used with the permission of the following organizations:

· International Space Station, Space Station Alpha Flight 5A, and T-Plus 30 courtesy of ATK Thiokol.  Copyright Alliant Techsystems Inc., reproduced with permission.

· Morning at Noctis Labyrinthus, Mars, courtesy of the University of North Dakota Department of Space Studies, reproduced with permission.

· Pueblo Station Moon Base courtesy of the Space Frontier Foundation, reproduced with permission.

· Exploring the Space Frontier and T-Plus 30 loaned by Nick Eftimiades.

· New Age of Space and X-Prize loaned by Gary Barber.

2. Images used with permission of the Artists and/or the owners of the art; all rights reserved.

Moons of Meepzor by Joe Bergeron

This illustrates the notion that gas giant planets which orbit in close proximity to their suns might have large, habitable, Earth-like moons. This idea has taken root only recently as giant planets have been discovered orbiting close to various nearby stars. In the system I’ve illustrated, another moon in the foreground is kept in a state of volcanic agitation by the tidal forces which knead its interior into a molten state, the same mechanism that maintains the inner warmth of the large moons of Jupiter.


The title is derived from the old TV series "Mork & Mindy", in which Mork sometimes refers to the Moons of Meepzor.

Morning at Noctis Labyrinthus, Mars by Phil Smith*

An astronaut studies an area in front of a cavern filled with rocks located near the Martian equator.

© Phil Smith

© Joe Bergeron

Nebula Overlook by Frank Hettick*

A scene of another star-system hundreds of light-years from Old Earth – as viewed from the rocky surface of a small moon of a cloudy planet.  The stars appear totally alien since the constellations we are familiar with as seen from Earth are shown here from a much different perspective.

© Frank Hettick

Observer by Joe Bergeron

“A self-portrait showing a younger me using one of my old telescopes to hunt through the starry skies.”

© Joe Bergeron

Pueblo Station Moon Base by Phil Smith*

Used by the Space Frontier Foundation for their Return to the Moon Project home page. Return to the Moon is a self explanatory, long term goal of the Space Frontier Foundation.  Their stated objective is to establish a large scale, economically viable, permanent human settlement on the Moon within the next 25 years.  If their efforts are successful, then normal everyday people may have a real shot at visiting the Moon in our lifetimes. If you are a little older than 40, the chance still exists that you could have the opportunity to take that trip of a lifetime.

© Phil Smith

Space Station Alpha Flight 5A by Mark Waki.  Copyright Alliant Techsystems Inc., reproduced with permission.*

Space Shuttle Atlantis delivers the U.S. Laboratory Module Destiny on ISS Flight 5A in February 2001.

© Alliant Techsystems Inc.

The Bridge by Pat Rawlings

A cosmic handshake between Americans and Russians symbolize the cooperation behind the International Space Station, where a space shuttle has just docked.

 © Pat Rawlings

The Porthole by Julie Rodriguez Jones

 © Julie Rodriguez Jones

T-Plus 30 by Mark Waki.  Copyright Alliant Techsystems Inc., reproduced with permission.*

The Space Shuttle Discovery completes its roll to heading and begins its pitch over maneuver about 30 seconds after liftoff from Pad B of Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39. Under nearly 7,000,000 pounds of thrust, 80 percent of which is produced by a pair of ATK Thiokol's Reusable Solid Rocket Motors and the remainder by three Rocketdyne Space Shuttle Main Engines, the vehicle will accelerate to 3,000 miles per hour. After two minutes of flight the boosters burn out and separate from the launch vehicle. 


Artist's Note: It's actually T-Plus 23, but T-Plus 30 was decided on for the painting's title. Discovery is about 5,000 feet AGL, has completed 179 degrees of roll to heading and is pitched over about 20 degrees. The vehicle is gaining altitude at 500 feet per second while accelerating at 1.8g.

 © Alliant Techsystems Inc.

View from the Crater's Rim by Julie Rodriguez Jones

Mixed with Digital Airbrush

 © Julie Rodriguez Jones

X Prize by Pat Rawlings*

Around the turn of the millennium private organizations will compete to be the first to safely send a human 100 kilometers and back and repeat the trip within two weeks. The winner will win the 10 million dollar X prize.

 © Pat Rawlings

New Age of Space by Pat Rawlings*

© Pat Rawlings