Back in 2009, we spoke with Denver artist Monica Petty Aiello, who creates stunning abstract works based on NASA photographs of moons in the solar system.
Petty Aiello's solo exhibit, Frozen | Inferno was a part of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's large exhibition NASA | Art: 25 Years of Exploration.
At the time, she was showing works inspired by the Jovian moons Io and Europa.
"The actual geology of the place inspires the development of new painting techniques to emulate it," she said, adding, "I actually get all these spacecraft images and sit down with scientific specialists and deconstruct the geology, and then I try and come up with painting techniques to interpret that."
This Sunday, June 5, Petty Aiello will return to the FAC to give a lecture on "Art, Science and the Cosmic Connection," which goes into detail about her studies for her works and the relationship between science and art, one which is often fueled by the fields' shared sense of curiosity.
The lecture will take place at 2 p.m. in the Music Room and is free for FAC members and $10 for nonmembers.
Presentations later this summer include a talk with Johanne Robinson Coiner, the granddaughter of Boardman Robinson (read more about him here), contemporary Colorado artist Pard Morrison (who will show at UCCS' Galleries of Contemporary Art in July) and Pat Musick, daughter of artist Archie Musick, and a local writer. Read more about the lectures here.
And for more on Petty Aiello, including a look at her studio, click here.