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Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography

November 8, 2014 – February 8, 2015
Paton | Smith | Della Penna-Fernberger Galleries

Steven Mazlin & Jack Harvey (United States), Thor's Helmet in Canis Major (aka NGC 2359), Archival inkjet print, 20 x 27 1/2 inches. Collection of the Bates College Museum of Art
Michael Benson (United States), Northern Canada and Northern Greenland, OrbView-2, July 9, 1999, 2003, Digital c-print, 35 x 70 inches. Courtesy Michael Benson and Hasted Kraeutler Gallery
Nick Risinger, Photopic Sky Survey, lightjet print on Fuji Crystal Archive matte paper, 60 x 120 in. The Celestial Sphere, pp. 186-7
Tony Rowell (United States), Bristlecone Pine and Milky Way, White Mountains, California, Fuji Crystal Archive paper mounted on archival grey matt with black Larson Juhl, 22 x 28 inches. Collection of the Bates College Museum of Art
Jim Nickelson (United States), Nightfall, Otter Cliffs, 2011, Archival pigment inkjet print on cotton rag, 24 x 24 inches. Collection of the Bates College Museum of Art

Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography is among the first major exhibitions treating astrophotography as an art genre and presents new scholarship in this rapidly-evolving field. The exhibition features 100 images by 35 artists from around the world, including Michael Benson, Linda Connor, Robert Gendler, Sharon Harper, David Malin, Hans-Christian Schink and Jacqueline Woods. Starstruck presents the genre through a variety of subjects, from landscapes to deep sky objects, and includes historically significant photographs such as the first successful image of the solar analemma.

The work was selected by a distinguished team of jurors comprised of Weston Naef, curator emeritus of photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum; Dennis di Cicco, pioneer of CCD astrophotography and senior editor, Sky & Telescope magazine; and Jerry T. Bonnell, co-editor/author NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.

This exhibition is organized by the Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME.

Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography is generously supported by Visit Bucks County. Additional support is provided by the Bucks County Foundation and Bloomingdale’s.

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