Monday, October 25, 2021

“Space Art” Artist Chris Calle is at Center for the Arts

Submitted | Last Man – Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan.

The “Space Art” work of Chris Calle will be on display at Marco Island Center for the Arts through early May 2019. He is the son of Paul Calle, one of the first eight artists chosen by NASA in 1962 to document the American Space Program’s Project Mercury. Chris Calle will be present at the Art Center’s SPACE: The Final Frontier High School Art Competition Award ceremony on Friday, April 26 at 6 PM. The High School show runs until April 26, 2019 and celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

Illustrator Paul Calle had a 40-year career as an artist singularly focused on the American Space Program and was part of NASA’s Fine Art project. Paul Calle was the only artist present with the Apollo 11 crew of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins the morning of July 16, 1969, as they prepared for their historic launch to the Moon. He sketched these groundbreaking astronauts as they had breakfast, suited up and walked out to the launch pad. In the following years, Paul Calle designed over 30 postage stamps for the USPS. The most well-known is the iconic 1969 First Man on the Moon stamp.

Chris Calle, a graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Art, began his career as an illustrator and designed more than 35 postage stamps for the United States. He has created more than 200 stamps for the United Nations program. In 1989, on the 20th anniversary of the moon walk, the USPS asked Chris Calle to design an anniversary stamp. Together with his son Chris, Paul Calle returned to the subject of space exploration with a pair of stamps issued in 1994 in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the first manned moon landing. In the movie “First Man” starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Calle played his famed illustrator father. Much of Chris’ artwork is related to the theme of Space Exploration. As an official NASA artist, he covered two of the early Space Shuttle missions, producing artwork that is now in the collections of the National Air and Space Museum and NASA. His outstanding work also appears in many publications and is represented in corporate, private, and museum collections throughout the world.

Marco Island Center for the Arts is located at 1010 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. It is open Monday thru Friday from 9 AM – 4 PM. For more information call 239-394-4221 or visit


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