Over the past thirty-five years, artist and lecturer Edwin Faughn has developed this unique, inspiring, and informative presentation that focuses on the magnificent visual beauty and unimaginable vastness of the heavens. Seen by thousands of people, this is one of our most popular and comprehensive presentations.
There are two variations of this live presentation that are nearly identical in scientific, artistic, and visual content:
The academic version is intended for public schools, universities, museums, and other similar groups. It is academically focused, emphasizing the art of the heavens along with modern space science.
The spiritual version is designed for churches and other faith-based organizations. More spiritual in nature, this focuses not only on modern space science and the art of the heavens but also emphasizes the mystery of the universe. It contains beautiful and humbling passages from the Psalms, Job, and Isaiah, as well as quotations from various scientists and theologians such as Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo. Both last about 45 minutes.
This presentation, using numerous astronomical paintings by Faughn as well as some of the latest spectacular images and discoveries in the field of space science, focuses on the magnificent visual beauty and unimaginable vastness of the heavens. You’ll never look at the night sky in the same way after being awestruck by the vastness of our universe! People of all ages are sure to love this presentation.
Faughn is an experienced public speaker and has presented hundreds of presentations to diverse audiences including universities, museums, schools, aviation firms, conferences, churches, civic groups, senior and youth groups, scouts, and various other organizations such as NASA’s Space Grant Consortium, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Federal Express World Headquarters, Millington Naval Air Station (National Prayer Breakfast), Pink Palace Family Of Museums CTI Imax Theater (75th Anniversary Celebration), Sharpe Planetarium, Lichterman Nature Center, Germantown Performing Arts Center, Arkansas State University (Distinguished Alumni Speaker), Mississippi State University, University Of Mississippi (conference keynote speaker), Arkansas State University keynote speaker for NASA’s STEAM Initiative (STEM with Art + Design) and Crew Training International (CTI is one of the leading providers of Cockpit/Crew Resource Management training for the world’s military aviators).
Faughn's original artwork has been featured in and on the covers of several leading international space science magazines, exhibitions, and planetarium productions. His credits include, but are not limited to, Scientific American, Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, Science News, Federal Express World Headquarters, the world premiere of Titanic: The Exhibition, Crew Training International, the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA) world tour exhibition “The Artist’s Universe” and the Planetary Report magazine of the Planetary Society. His artwork has been featured on NASA’s Ames Research Center’s main KEPLER website.
Faughn served nearly 20 years as the art director for the Sharpe Planetarium of the Pink Palace Family of Museums in Memphis, Tennessee, and is now the director of Rainwater Observatory in French Camp, Mississippi which is one of the largest public observatories in the southeast.