Frank Pietronigro

Former Fellows

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.