ABOUT THE ARTIST

Artist

Dave Ginsberg, 2017
Photo credit: Andrew Miller

Dave Ginsberg is an analytical left-brained artist and a creative right-brained engineer. His artwork combines his passions for spaceflight, astronomy, science, teaching, and the visual arts. Dave has been a member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) since 2016.

His artwork has been displayed at Seattle's Museum of Flight, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Spacefest in Tucson, Arizona, The Art of Planetary Science exhibitions at the University of Arizona, and the Digital Arts Festival in Redmond, Washington. Dave's 16-foot tall solar system mural was on permanent display at Seattle's Museum of Flight from 2007 to 2017.

His work has been published in the IAAA Pulsar magazine and Dennis Jenkins' book, Space Shuttle, Developing an Icon. Dave designed the insignia for collectSPACE which has been used as the website's brand identity since 2013. He created the logo for the National Association of Rocketry "Pay Forward" 2017 fundraising campaign.

Three of Dave's creations have made trips into Earth orbit and back, having flown on space shuttle Atlantis, the Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft, and the International Space Station.

Dave chose aerospace engineering for his livelihood, but has always maintained his interest in art and has continued to develop his skills and style. His thirty-four year career in engineering began in 1983. Dave worked in the field of conceptual and preliminary design of aircraft ranging from helicopters to commercial airliners. Early in his career he became involved in developing software to assist in designing aircraft. It was while working on those tools that he was exposed to the capability of computers to create images.

In 2000, he began to experiment artistically with computer graphics and animation with a free copy of Caligari trueSpace3 that came with an issue of Computer Arts magazine. His first formal instruction in 3-D modeling, animation, and rendering came in the summer of 2004 when he completed a certificate program in game animation at the University of Washington. The class provided his first exposure to 3ds max. Two years later he took a follow-up class in advanced animation techniques which helped him deepen his knowledge and practice his skills.

trueSpace
2000

At right is an example of one of my first modeling and rendering tests. Fellow Space Geeks may recognize this as roughly resembling the wooden concept model of the Grumman prototype for the Apollo Lunar Module.

Now retired from engineering, Dave focuses his time on creating space art. His work is almost exclusively digital, though he would not describe it as computer generated. Using a Wacom Cintiq and pen, his approach is just as hands-on as it would be with traditional art media, but as Dave likes to say, the clean-up is a lot easier.

Dave's fascination with space, science and the arts extends to teaching STEAM subjects. During his working career he participated in educational outreach programs that allowed him to bring his passions into the classroom and inspire young people as well as adults. For six years, Dave volunteered and worked part time as a museum educator at Seattle's Museum of Flight. For two of those years he had what he considers the best job title ever: "Lead Educator for Rocket Science".

Dave is the curator of his own extensive collection of authentic period space contractor models. His out of this world acquisitions reflect his love for the history of space exploration and spacecraft design. Each model tells a story of a significant time in the historic space race and beyond. He particularly enjoys models that illustrate the engineering design progression from the earliest concepts up through the final flown designs. His favorite examples show the evolutionary development of the Apollo lunar module.

His collection also includes popular culture items (toys, games, model kits, and lunchboxes), globes, astronomical teaching aids, and space books. And of course, his home is decorated with space art from some of the artists that have given him so much joy and inspiration.

EDUCATION

Advanced Animation
University of Washington
2006
Certificate in Game Animation
University of Washington
2004
B.S. Aerospace & Ocean Engineering
Virginia Tech
1983

MEMBERSHIPS

International Association of Astronomical Artists
Artist Member
2016


Timeline

   
collectSPACE patch of my design flown in space aboard the
International Space Station.
December 2015 to August 2016
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Space Shuttle program patch artwork flown aboard Atlantis.
May 2010
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Spaceship Earth flown in space aboard a Soyuz spacecraft and the International Space Station.
September 2006 to April 2007
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Space art displayed at Spacefest IX in Tucson, Arizona.
July 2018
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Celestial Sphere, Sputnik and solar system mural displayed at The Art of Planetary Science exhibition in Tucson, Arizona.
February 2018
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Logo created for the National Association of Rocketry "Pay Forward" fundraising campaign.
October 2017
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Space art displayed at Spacefest VIII in Tucson, Arizona.
June 2017
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Solar system mural and Around the Moon and Back Again published in IAAA Pulsar magazine. (Winter 2016)
March 2017
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Space Shuttle patch design published in Dennis Jenkins' Space Shuttle, Developing an Icon – 1972-2013.
February 2017
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Spaceship Earth and Planets displayed at The Art of Planetary Science exhibition in Tucson, Arizona.
February 2017
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Celestial Sphere displayed at The Art of Planetary Science exhibition in Pasadena, California.
October 2016
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Solar system mural published in IAAA Pulsar magazine.
(Summer 2016)
September 2016
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Space art debuted at Spacefest VII in Tucson, Arizona.
June 2016
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Around the Moon and Back Again and collectSPACE Alternate Logo Stereogram displayed at Redmond's Digital Arts Festival.
February 2014
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collectSPACE patch design starts being published as collectSPACE brand identity.
July 2013
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Spaceship Earth featured on the promotional material for a show at the Hardin Planetarium at Western Kentucky University.
May to June 2013
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Voyages of Discovery and Rocket Martini displayed at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center.
April to May 2011
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Voyages of Discovery and Rocket Martini displayed at Redmond's Digital Arts Festival.
March 2011
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LEAP logo design created for Lindbergh Prize launch.
March 2010
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Planets displayed at Redmond's first Digital Arts Festival exhibition.
October 2008
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Solar system mural featured in the planetary exploration section of the new space exhibit at Seattle's Museum of Flight.
June 2007 to January 2017
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Accepted into the International Association of Astronomical Artists.
June 2016
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collectSPACE patch design chosen for brand identity.
July 2013
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Voyages of Discovery selected as a finalist in the NASA/Etsy
Space Craft contest.
December 2010
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Space Shuttle patch design selected as a finalist in NASA's Space Shuttle Program commemorative patch contest.
February 2010
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Copernicus, the Space Cat (1997-2014)