6:00am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Star Trek' Celebrates Half-Century With Touring Art Exhibit
Not content with inspiring advances in real world technology and the world of science fiction, another aspect of the legacy of Star Trek — which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year — will be celebrated with Star Trek: 50 Artists, 50 Years, a touring art exhibit that will feature works inspired by the franchise's history, including a tribute to Spock by Leonard Nimoy himself.
The exhibit will debut at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts in San Diego during the annual San Diego Comic-Con, running July 21–24, before heading to the Star Trek Las Vegas convention and the Canadian National Exhibition in August. The exhibit will continue touring over the next 12 months, with a stop at the U.K.'s Destination Star Trek Europe convention.
"We invited artists to reflect Star Trek's effect on them personally through their pieces and were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response and individual creativity across media," said Liz Kalodner, CBS Consumer Products' executive vp and general manager, about the exhibition. "We can’t wait for fans to experience the work first-hand."
Alongside Nimoy's multicolor tribute to the Vulcan "Live Long and Prosper" salute that became the actor's trademark, 50 Artists, 50 Years will feature 2D and 3D work from an international group of artists, including Tom Whalen, Rocco Malatesta and sculptor Calvin Ma, whose Enterprise-inspired piece can be seen exclusively above. (Nimoy's work can be seen below.)
Work created for the exhibit will be reproduced in a number of ways, including posters, calendars, trading cards and a coffee table art book from Titan Publishing, to be released over the coming months.
Star Trek's 50th anniversary takes place Sept. 8.