Former STUDIO Associate Fellow, Frank Pietronigro, is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and author. He is the first American painter to create “drift paintings” where his body floated within a three-dimensional painting that he created in zero gravity aboard NASA’s KC135 turbojet. This peice was featured in Space News in a feature titled “Artists Hope to Create New Science Fiction with Zero-G Flights”, in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the San Francisco Art Institute Magazine, Hot Wired and Leonardo Magazine.
He is Co-Founder and Project Director of the Zero Gravity Arts Consortium and served the space art community as one of the coordinators for Yuri’s Night Bay Area 2007-08 held at NASA Ames Research Center. In 2006, he was Co-Chair of the Space Art Track of the 25th International Space Development Conference, co-sponsored by the National Space Society and the Planetary Society.
Pietronigro’s work has been presented with museums and institutions including: the Tate In Space, Tate Museum, London; the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris; Smart Project Space, Amsterdam; Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich; Galeria Ze Dos Bois, Lisbon; Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY; Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco; Blohard Gallery at Vox Populi, Philadelphia; the Mill Valley Film Festival and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center.