Richard Clar

Richard Clar is a native California interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Paris and Healdsburg, California. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts) and has exhibited his work in museums, universities, and galleries in California, New York, and Europe. Richard Clar's work is in the permanent collection of ARTSblock, Culver Gallery, University of California, Riverside. His work can be found in corporate collections such as JBL Sound, Home Savings of America, and the MGM Grand Hotel, Las Vegas. An early pioneer of art-in-space concepts, Clar began interdisciplinary projects in 1982 with the design of Spaceflight Dolphin, an art-payload approved by NASA to fly on the U.S. Space Shuttle. Clar’s focus on the creation of art-in-space makes use of data, material, and processes related to the various facets of space. Philosophical in nature, themes for Richard Clar’s art-in-space projects include: space environment issues, such as Orbital Debris; war and peace; the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and water management on Earth. In 2001, and again in 2002, Clar coordinated the LEONARDO/OLATS/IAA Space Art Workshops in Paris. Richard Clar is the Director of Art Technologies; a Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA); a Member of the IAA SETI Permanent Committee; a Member of the IAF ITACCUS Committee; a Member of the Advisory Board of the International Child Art Foundation (ICAF), and a Member of the Leonardo Space Art Working Group. Clar was a past Member of the Executive Board, Graphic Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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