The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Robert McCall and Andreas Nottebohm: NASA Days

Andreas Nottebohm, KN-1635, 2001, acrylic on aluminum, courtesy of the artist.
Robert McCall, Apollo XIII, 1970, oil on canvas, gift of Robert T. and Louise H. McCall

May 26th – September 11th, 2011

The Hanson Gallery displays Nottebohm’s work from the 1980s that was commissioned by NASA as well as the NASA commissioned work of artist and friend, Robert McCall.

The two artists took divergent approaches to space. Nottebohm’s NASA commissions featured acrylic paintings on aluminum and explore space as a concept. The viewer is presented with the luminescence of space, its limitless volume – and a sense of wonder at being on the threshold of exploration.

In contrast, Robert McCall captured his own vision of man in space with concrete depictions of man working and living in worlds beyond Earth. In the 60s and 70s McCall’s vision of man in space inspired many future scientists to believe in the world NASA was beginning to explore. The work on display is a mix of lithographs and oil paintings on canvas.

Although the visions and expressive materials are different, both Nottebohm and McCall approach space with curiosity and fascination. UAMA invites you to explore these two different visions of space.


NASA is commemorating the ending of the Space Shuttle program with summer web program called “Because It Flew” (BIF). Designed for children in grades 4 – 12 (ages 9 – 17) the program is supported by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), and USA TODAY Education. BIF consists of optional educational activities and features a NASA Space Shuttle Art Competition which invites students to create original artwork symbolizing the impact of the Space Shuttle (artwork submission deadline – August 5, 2011).

All artwork must be original. To see how two professionals approached space ,visit the UAMA exhibition featuring two NASA artists – Robert McCall and Andreas Nottebohm: NASA Days

For more information on the NASA art competition go to the BIF website: www.usatodayeducate.com/becauseitflew