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

Robert McCall: Imagination Unbound

Robert McCall, Viking Unmanned Mars Lander, 1970

March 6, 2008 – August 10, 2008

The University of Arizona Museum of Art presents the paintings, drawings, prints and archival ephemera of noted artist and illustrator Robert McCall.

For over sixty years, McCall has chronicled the history of aviation, science and space flight and shared his vision of the future through museums, magazines, motion pictures and books. He has been an inspiration to generations of astronomers, engineers, and astronauts and a model for young artists, designers and illustrators. Not only has McCall documented the history of spaceflight, but he has also been an integral part of that history.

While the University of Arizona makes history as its Phoenix Mars Rover hurtles toward a landing on Mars in May, McCall’s art asks us to consider our destiny in space through his observations and projections of the past, the present and the future.

About the artist:

Robert McCall has documented the NASA space program since its inception. In addition to being a visual historian for NASA, McCall has served as a conceptual artist for the entertainment industry. One of his most well known commercial pieces is his painting for the poster art for the classic motion picture 2001: A Space Odyssey.


Download the children’s gallery guide for this exhibition.

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Enjoy the new UA News video: Imagination Unbound at UA Museum of Art 

Read the UA News story: Artist Robert McCall Captures Thrill of Space Exploration in UAMA Exhibit 

View the UA News video: Robert McCall Donation 

McCall’s role in encouraging the new Archive of Visual Arts appears in the Fall 2007 issue of Museum Notes 

Read an interview with Bob McCall in the Summer 2008 issue of Museum Notes