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My astronomical paintings have been published in magazines ranging from Natural History, Smithsonian, and Astronomy in the U.S. to the London Economist and other magazines in Japan, Russia, France, Germany, England, and Italy.

My astronomical paintings have also been shown in exhibitions in New York City, Berkeley, Pasadena, Hawaii, and the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, as well as internationally in Moscow, Montreux, Yalta, and elsewhere, and are in collections the U.S., Paris, and Moscow. They have also been used to illustrate books by Carl Sagan and other authors, as well as my own books on astronomical and space themes, such as Grand Tour, Out of the Cradle, Cycles of Fire, and The History of Earth (New York, Workman Publishing).

My work has begun to get more notice. The Chicago Sun-Times in 1996 said "Hartmann is the most traditionally artistic of the space painters." Arthur C. Clarke in 1996 wrote "I consider him to be the direct successor of the late, great Chesley Bonestell," the father of Space Art. In 1997, my art was cited when I was named first winner of the Carl Sagan Medal for communication of science to the public, from the American Astronomical Society.

During the glasnost years, I was involved in an exchange project with the Russian Union of Artists, where I painted with Russian artists and co-edited a collection of space paintings from the two countries, In the Stream of Stars: The Soviet American Space Art Book (New York: Workman Publishing).

I've been commissioned twice to paintings for the NASA Fine Arts Program (Galileo space probe launch and Mars Observer Mission), and have had two of my paintings flown in the Russian Space Station, Mir, in 1992.


Chabot Space and Science Center Mural , a 55-foot mural installed at the new science museum in Oakland, CA. Two other paintings on permanent exhibit as well.

From Iceland to Mars (One person show) : Invited exhibit of Mars and Icelandic landcapes at University of Iceland as part of International Mars Conference. August-September 2000. (4 purchases).

Starways of Humanity , Moscow, USSR, 1989. American version, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Washington DC, 1990.

Art of the Cosmos (Touring exhibit of Internatl. Assoc. for Astronom. Arts): Hayden Planetarium, New York City, 1991; Discovery Museum, Bridgeport CO, 1992; Arts & Science Center, Statesville, NC, 1993; Bergen Museum, Pavamus, NJ, 1993; Maryland Science Center, Baltimore MD, 1994.

Exhibit of International Space Art , Union of Artists, Yalta, Crimea, USSR, 1990.

Space Expo , Montreux, Switzerland, 1992.

Two Person Show of space paintings with Diane McGregor, Volcano Art Center, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii 1994.

One Person Show : 13 Landscapes of Hawaii, Wailoa Exhibit Center, Hilo, Hawaii, 1995.

NASA Fine Arts Program : Two commissions: Mars Observer probe and Launch of Galileo probe to Jupiter.

Visions of Mars : Multi-artist collection of paintings and writings about the planet Mars, included in digitized form on a CD to be flown to the surface of the Mars on the Russian spacecraft, "Mars 96;" released through the Planetary Society and Virtual Reality Laboratories, 1995. (Mars-96 orbited Earth but crashed into the Pacific during a launch failure.)

One Person Show: Above and Beyond : 41 Astronomical Paintings, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, 1996. (Ten purchases).

Public Art Project : Selected to do major installation for City of Oakland Public Art Program, for new building of Chabot Observatory and Science Museum, 1995-1997.

Purchase : For collection of Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona, 1996.

Group Show : Imagine the Universe (with works of Chesley Bonestell and other artists, Adler Planetarium, Chicago, July-Oct 1996. WKH was called "the most traditionally artistic of the space painters" by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Group Show : International Association for the Astronomical Arts exhibition, 3 paintings, Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos, Tenerife, Canary Islands, 1996.

Group Show : Annual meeting of Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Tucson, Oct. 1996. (Three purchases).

3-Person Show : Tohono Chul Park/Gallery, Tucson, Dec - Jan. 1996.

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