Melvin H. Schuetz, archivist for Bonestell Space Art, holds Chesley
Bonestell's most famous painting: 'Saturn as Seen from Titan' (1944).
Courtesy Adler Planetarium.
An exhibit entitled 'Chesley Bonestell: Illustrator of Space' is on display through July in the Allbritton Foyer, Moody Memorial Library.
The exhibit was designed by Melvin Schuetz, staff member in Circulation Services, Moody Memorial Library. A former satellite controller in the U.S. Air Force and private industry, Schuetz has researched and collected publications from around the world containing Bonestell space art. He is the archivist for Bonestell Space Art, an organization established more than 30 years ago to officially represent the artist. Bonestell (1888-1986) is known as the father of modern space art. His career spanned nearly a century, from his early architectural work on the Golden Gate Bridge and the Chrysler Building to his seminal contributions to the beginnings of the American space program.
The exhibit is drawn from Schuetz's own collection of printed Bonestelliana, 'The Chesley Bonestell Archives,' the largest such collection in the world. His book, A Chesley Bonestell Space Art Chronology, was a 2000 Locus Award nominee. It is a bibliography of Bonestell's published artwork.
Schuetz assisted editors Ron Miller and Frederick C. Durant III with The Art of Chesley Bonestell, a winner of the Hugo Award for Achievement in Science Fiction and Fantasy in the category of 'Best Related Book.' The award was presented at the 60th World Science Fiction Convention, on Sept. 1, 2002. Individual Hugo trophies were given to Miller, Durant and Schuetz.