TAPS 2023

The Art of Planetary Science 2023:

Big Worlds, Small Worlds


From Bennu to black holes, microscopes to telescopes – objects in the universe and the ways we study them span a vast range of scales. The theme this year is Big Worlds, Small Worlds and we will be offering special prizes for pieces in this category


Overlapping triangles of rocky and gassy planetary surfaces with the TAPS name in a circle in the center.

TAPS 2023: Big Worlds, Small Worlds

To be held in the Kuiper Space Science Building, located at:

1629 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721

Opening Night: Friday (2/17)  5:00 - 9:00 pm

Opening Night includes special events including telescopes with UArizona Astronomy Club and free live music from local band, Daytrails!


See some images of the show below or click here to view a larger gallery of photos!

Gallery Hours:

Friday (2/17)  5:00 - 9:00 pm

Saturday (2/18)  1:00 - 5:00 pm

Sunday (2/19)  1:00 - 5:00 pm 




TAPS art winners for each category are presented below and were published in a recent TAPS press release! There will also be opportunities for people to submit their votes for pieces of art at the show to win the Peoples Choice award.

Data Art Winners

1st Place: Krug, Title: “Chaos in the Cosmos”

2nd Place: Malhotra, Title: “Stormy seas of chaos in the three body problem”

3rd Place: Meng, Title: “Rock Glacier Confetti: The Only Constant is Change”


Fine Art Winners

1st Place: Busby, Title: “107”

2nd Place: Klar, Title: “Night of Falling Stars”

3rd Place: Krzemień, Title: “Jupiter Clouds”


"Big Worlds, Small Worlds" Winners

1st Place: Vermette, Title: “Kodachrome Basin”

2nd Place: Kelly, Title: “Empty and Full”

3rd Place: Daytrails, Title: “Strangers”



People's Choice Award:

Wave to the Unknown - Fine Art 162

by Alyssa Woods



There are also special events on opening night!

Come see these amazing, free activities on Friday (2/17) from 7-9pm

A stylistic U and A arranged to look like a telescope in front of a cosmic background

Telescope Viewing

Free telescope viewing on the mall of the UArizona campus, right outside of Kuiper! Telescopes and educational info provided by the UArizona Astronomy Club. Viewing is from 7 - 9pm on opening night - Friday (2/17).

Photo of the four members of Daytrails in an iconic desert landscape

Live Music

Live music by local, indie rock band Daytrails!

Info for artists:

Art Drop-Off


Kuiper Space Science Building

1629 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721



Friday (2/3)  3:00 - 7:00 pm

Saturday (2/4)  9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Art Mail-in

Mail to:

Kuiper Space Science Building

Attn: The Art of Planetary Science

1629 E. University Blvd.

Tucson, AZ 85721


Deadline: Friday (2/10)

Art Pick-up


Kuiper Space Science Building

1629 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721



Sunday (2/19)  5:00 - 6:00 pm

Monday (2/20)  9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Thank you to all who attended our 10th anniversary!

Several people in a crowd amongst the art in Kuiper

View a larger gallery of images from the art show!



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