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Apr 05

Peninsula Fine Arts Center Celebrates NASA Centennial Anniversary

Posted on April 5, 2017 at 9:15 AM by Communications Department

Community Day and Exhibition

Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC) is proud to celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of NASA Langley Research Center, through its upcoming exhibition SOARING – Works from the NASA Art Program. This exhibition features 30 works of art including paintings, photographs, drawings, and mixed media works dating from the early 1960s to 21st century. SOARING runs April 8 – June 26, 2017 at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center.

SOARING is opening on April 8 with a Free Community Day in partnership with NASA Langley Research Center, The Mariners’ Museum and Park and the Christopher Newport University Department of Fine Art and Art History (Art CNU). The free Community Day is featuring large scale printmaking demonstrations with a steamroller in the PFAC parking lot, the NASA Centennial exhibition trailer, Hands-on art activities, scavenger hunts, gallery tours, and more. Admission is free at both PFAC and The Mariners’ Museum and Park on April 8. In lieu of Free Weekend, originally scheduled for April 1-2, PFAC is hosting Community Day on April 8 and having free admission on Sunday, April 9 for the opening of the SOARING exhibit.

In 1962, NASA’s administrator James Webb sent a memo regarding the involvement of artists to help tell the agency’s story of adventure as the United States began a race to space and the moon. Thus, began the NASA Art Program which has resulted in over 3,000 works of art in the past fifty years. Early pioneers included Norman Rockwell, Jamie Wyeth and Robert Rauschenberg who traveled to Kennedy Space Center to watch firsthand the launches and document the events. Pieces by these artists and many more are part of the SOARING exhibition.

Andy Warhol, Moonwalk, Silkscreen on paper, 1987

Peninsula Fine Arts Center is located at 101 Museum Drive within Mariners’ Museum Park in Newport News, VA. The center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sundays; PFAC is closed on Mondays. Admission is regularly $7.50 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6-12) and free for children 5 and under. Annual membership is $40 for individuals and $60 for families. For more information, call (757) 596-8175 or visit