GALLERY C

A MANIFEST FOR THE MOON

The Lunar Codex uses digital and analog technology to preserve art, books, music, and more, enclosed in time capsules and launched to the Moon. It is a message-in-a-bottle to the future.

Curatorial Notes

Gallery C showcases a selection of works from "The Nova Collection", representing only a small fraction of the total works archived by the Lunar Codex.

 

Highlights of this showcase are works by artists of the 2019 Bennett Prize®For a decade, Steven Alan Bennett and Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt collected paintings by contemporary women artists working in the figurative realistic style. The couple embraces this approach in the belief that it celebrates women in all their complexity, vulnerability, and power.

As the couple’s collection grew, so did their awareness of inequities confronting women in the arts. Museums and galleries have fewer exhibitions and collect fewer pieces of art by women, and even then, they generally sell for less than works by male artists. In addition, over time, figurative realism has fallen out of favor in many art institutions.

 

To help counter these trends, Steven and Elaine created The Bennett Prize through The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy - hoping to create an appetite for figurative realism and increase the likelihood that women who work in this genre will achieve the critical acclaim they deserve.

In selecting these works for inclusion in "The Nova Collection" on the Moon, The Lunar Codex highlights this shared belief with The Bennet Prize that, by showcasing the talent of women figurative painters, women artists will find their place among the most celebrated painters in the art world.

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Works are located as to their respective lunar time capsules as follows: 

IM1 - Intuitive Machines Nova-C Mission 1 to Vallis Schrasöteri (The Nova Collection)

PM1 - Astrobotic Peregrine Mission 1 to Lacus Mortis (The Peregrine Collection)

MANIFEST

Aneka Ingold Postpartum .jpg
POSTPARTUM

Aneka Ingold (2019) - IM1

- Mixed media on paper
- 72" x 48"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Winner​

Stefanie Jackson They Pass By Singing.jp
THEY PASS BY SINGING

Stefanie Jackson (2018) - IM1

- Oil on canvas

- 48" x 72"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Finalist

Jennifer R A Campbell Amonet.jpg
AMONET

Jennifer R. A. Campbell  (2018) - IM1

- Oil on canvas

- 88" x 60" (triptych)
- 2019 Bennett Prize Finalist

Mary Henderson Winter Coats.jpg
WINTER COATS

Mary Henderson (2017) - IM1

- Oil on panel

- 12" x 24"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Finalist

5 Carrie Pearce What Child Is This.jpg
WHAT CHILD IS THIS?

Carrie Pearce (2018) - IM1

- Oil on canvas

- 30" x 24"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Finalist

6 Dorielle Caimi Babe in the Woods.jpg
BABE IN THE WOODS

Dorielle Caimi (2017) - IM1

- Oil, gold leaf, and glitter on canvas

- 30" x 24"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Finalist

7 Kira Nam Greene Self Portrait with an
SELF PORTRAIT WITH AN ERMINE AS A PILLOW

Kira Nam Greene (2018) - IM1

- Oil, acrylic, and flashe on canvas

- 50" x 40.25"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Finalist

8 Rebecca Leveille This Again.jpg
THIS AGAIN

Rebecca Léveillé (2018) - IM1

- Oil on canvas

- 95" x 85"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Finalist

9 Daniela Kovacic Muzio Sojourner I.jpg
SOJURNER I

Daniela Kovačić Muzio (2018) - IM1

- Oil on canvas

- 60" x 48"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Finalist

10 Jenny Morgan Crescent.jpg
CRESCENT

Jenny Morgan (2015) - IM1

- Oil on canvas

- 70" x 48"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Finalist

11 Bryony Bensly Hibernation 2017 Oil on
HIBERNATION

Bryony Bensly (2017) - IM1

 
- Oil on canvas

- 36” x 36”
- 2019 Bennett Prize Honorable Mention

12 Shiqing Deng Reflective Dimensions Oi
REFLECTIVE DIMENSIONS

Shiqing Deng (2019) - IM1

 

- Oil on linen

- 60” x 44”
- 2019 Bennett Prize Honorable Mention

13 Michelle Doll Couple (GZ1) Oil on can
COUPLE (GZ1)

Michelle Doll (2018) - IM1


- Oil on canvas

- 60” x 60”
- 2019 Bennett Prize Honorable Mention

14 Jessica Gordon This Way Oil 2018 9x12
THIS WAY

Jessica Gordon (2018) - IM1


- Oil on canvas

- 9" x 12"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Honorable Mention

15 Sasha Gordon Salon Oil 2018 72x96.jpg
SALON

Sasha Gordon (2018) - IM1


- Oil on canvas

- 72" x 96"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Honorable Mention

16 SylviaMaier Dont Send for Me Unless I
DON'T SEND FOR ME UNLESS I COME FOR YOU

Sylvia Maier (2018) - IM1


- Oil on canvas

- 51" x 36"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Honorable Mention

17 Nora Martin-Hall Should Have Put a Ri
SHOULD HAVE PUT A RING ON IT

Nora Martin-Hall (2018) - IM1


- Oil on canvas

- 36" x 72"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Honorable Mention

18 Felicita Norris Bitch in Sheeps Cloth
BITCH IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

Felicita Norris (2014) - IM1


- Acrylic and oil on canvas

- 84" x 56"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Honorable Mention

19 Rebecca Orcutt Some Place We Said Wed
SOME PLACE WE SAID WE'D GO

Rebecca Orcutt (2017) - IM1


- Oil on canvas

- 48" x 72"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Honorable Mention

20 Natasha Young -Contemporary Artist -o
CONTEMPORARY ARTIST

Natasha Young (2017) - IM1


- Oil on canvas

- 48" x 60"
- 2019 Bennett Prize Honorable Mention