Residence: Highland Park
Family: Wife; three daughters; two grandsons.
Education: Master's degree in fine arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, 1961.
Occupation: Art professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
Background: Has been a teacher for 40 years and is a fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry; an internationally renowned artist, his work was the first official nonscientific payload taken into space by NASA in 1989; began teaching a class this year in space art and will host a conference on it in May in Los Angeles.
Noteworthy: Carnegie Mellon will award him the 2006 Hornbostel Teaching Award during a ceremony today. The award is named for Henry Hornbostel, the first dean of the university's College of Fine Arts, and the original architect of the school's campus, as well as Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Oakland.
Quote: "I would define (space art) as art that seeks to address the cosmos. ... It goes back as long as we've had a record, but on the other hand, it's this very new thing because we can get a work of art up there with you. As soon as you do that, you're not just bringing science with you. You're bringing all of our culture with you."