VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – The Art of Space Communication

Mar. 28 | 6 p.m. CT

The Art of Space Communication

Space exploration is fueled by science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, but it is art that connects us to the mission and translates it into meaningful visual elements. From the choice of shapes, colors, tones, and textures, every aspect of a design tells a story.

Hear from artists documenting space, culture, and communicating innovations to help inform our future. Explore why science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) matter, and how space art connects us to the cosmos in our March Thought Leader Series “The Art of Space Communication,” presented by UTMB.

About the panel

Panelists for this event include David Delgado, Cultural and Visual Strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Dan Goods, Visual Strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Mario E. Figueroa, Jr. (artistically known as GONZO247), a Multidisciplinary Artist.

David Delgado

David Delgado is a Cultural Strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He loves ideas that elevate our spirit and make us feel part of something bigger than ourselves. A central theme to his work is the relationship between imagining the unknown and the desire to explore. Delgado co-led NASA’s Imagine Mars Project, a STEAM-based “boot camp for the imagination,” where K-12 students worked with NASA scientists and engineers to imagine and design products for living on Mars. Delgado is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Dan Goods

Dan Goods, Founder, The Studio at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is passionate about creating moments where people are reminded of the gift and privilege of being alive. He leads The Studio, an amazing team of creatives at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory transforming complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. The team’s work is seen in public spaces, art museums, and is in outer space.

Goods was recently honored with NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Award. In the past, he was selected as “One of the most interesting people in Los Angeles” by LA Weekly. In 2002 he graduated valedictorian from the graphic design program at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. Goods currently lives in Altadena, California with his wife and three kids.

GONZO247

Mario E. Figueroa, Jr. (artistically known as GONZO247) is a self-taught Multidisciplinary Artist with over 25 years of experience in graffiti and street art and public and private art commissions. He is a leading figure pioneering the graffiti and street art culture as part of an energetic, underground art movement in Houston, Texas. Internationally recognized and inspired through travels; the visual and cultural arts ambassador gives back to his hometown Houston, a true art destination. Artist GONZO247 tries to preserve and fill gaps in graffiti art and culture education for younger generations, while innovating and exploring other personal art concepts and ideas.

Artwork:

Mars
Mars: Commissioned by Visit Houston, the artwork commemorates the 47th anniversary of Man landing on the moon.

Fun Fact: There is an astronaut as the central figure holding a patchwork flag of local fabrics and patterns. Gonzo wanted the younger people viewing the mural to be able to imagine themselves as the astronaut. If you can set your mind to it, anything is possible.

Orbit
Orbit: The “Orbit “ art installation was developed under the creative strategy of Dan Goods and David Delgado.

Fun Fact: NASA has 19 satellites that study the earth and by pairing the trajectory data of each spacecraft to artistically created sounds, we allow them to say “hello” as they move across the sky.

Hola Houston – San Miguel
Hola Houston – San Miguel: Commissioned by Visit Houston, the artwork commemorates the 47th anniversary of Man landing on the moon.

Fun Fact: There is an astronaut as the central figure holding a patchwork flag of local fabrics and patterns. Gonzo wanted the younger people viewing the mural to be able to imagine themselves as the astronaut. If you can set your mind to it, anything is possible.

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