Exhibition - Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon

Exhibition - Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon

Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 from 9:30am to 5:00pm

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In celebration of this year’s 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon and in honor of NASA and Western Artist, Paul Calle, the landmark exhibition Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon will be on display to the public from Feb. 19 through Oct. 20, 2019.

This retrospective exhibition traces the career of artist Paul Calle (1928-2010), who was best known for painting and drawing the historic American West featuring mountain men, fur traders and Native Americans, as well as NASA artwork and postage stamp designs including the iconic 1969 First Man on the Moon artwork and stamp. On that day, July 16, 1969, Paul Calle, an official artist of NASA, was the only artist present during the pre-launch activities of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, sketching various scenes including breakfast, suiting up and the walk-out to the space craft.

The exhibition will also showcase artworks that Calle completed while working as an illustrator and graphic artist for sports, medicine and children’s magazines, as well as his paintings and sketches of many famous people including President John F. Kennedy, Robert Frost and Helen Keller/Anne Sullivan, among others.

This exhibition is made possible through the collaboration of SMoW Trustee Tim Peterson, The Peterson Family Collection, Chris Calle & The Calle Family.

Exhibition Date:  February 19, 2019 - October 20, 2019 

Admission Prices

Adults: $15

Seniors (65+) and Active Military: $13

Students (Full-time with ID) and Children (6-17): $8

Members and Children 5 and Under: FREE

Thursdays, November-April: Scottsdale residents with proof of residence (e.g., driver’s license, utility bill) receive FREE museum admission. (Please note: The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day. Admission rates apply May-October.)


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