Once an Astronaut
Museum of Art and History / Lancaster, CA / July 2016
My first solo museum show “Once An Astronaut” took place at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, where I had the unique opportunity to show a series inspired by southern California, the desert environment around Lancaster, and by the history of space exploration. Oh, did I mention that my show took place directly next to a large gallery full of work from NASA’s official collection? Because it did. Lancaster, CA has a long history of involvement in space exploration and high altitude flight. Edwards Air Force base is right down the road, along with the Neil Armstrong Flight Research Center, and a number of private air and space companies are located in the area. Needless to say, they have an affinity for astronauts there, and it was a pleasure to show my work in their city. The show was curated by Thinkspace Projects and included a separate group show of work from their artists in a gallery space upstairs, and the first edition of POW! WOW! Antelope Valley. Two years later I got the chance to return to Lancaster to participate in the second POW! WOW! there and create a mural. So I’ve got a special place in my heart for Lancaster. And for the free burritos they gave me while I was there.