APU’s Pilch offers a glimpse of the heavens in art

An APU art instructor whose work is in private collections around the world, Anchorage-based artist Tracey Pilch will exhibit an interdisciplinary compilation of work stemming from her observations as an amateur astronomer.

“I’m proud to reflect APU in the community,” Pilch said.

On view through Sept. 30 at the APU-UAA Consortium Library, “The Art of Astronomy” is a series of paintings influenced by images from NASA, the Hubble Space Telescope and Pilch’s personal observations.

Her portrayals of nebulae, galaxies, planets and other celestial bodies are creative interpretation and not scientific renderings, she said: “My goal is to inspire with profoundness.”

A lifelong artist who earned an MFA in creative writing and painting from Goddard College in Vermont, Pilch said teaching at APU is like entering a dialog: Each student starts class seeking artistic growth and leaves with an expanded ability to envision the world.

Teaching is a way to share her view that the creative process is a part of daily life.

“Over the years, I’ve taught a range of APU students and have learned that adult students especially seem to find their inner patience through art courses,” Pilch said.

Since she began as APU affiliate faculty six years ago, Pilch has offered courses in art history and studio arts, including beginning to advanced drawing and painting.

“The Art of Astronomy” stems from her recently completed poetry manuscript, “The Constellation of Being.”