Teamwork is essential to the progress of science


Art of the Cosmos is shaped by the dedicated work of partners from the worlds of art and science collaborating to bring the awesome beauty of the universe down to earth for all of us to enjoy.


We are proud to have built a team that reflects this powerful combination of artistic and scientific creativity.

Simone Wright
Artist, Curator, AOTC Founder

Simone, founder of “Art of the Cosmos” is an Internationally collected, award-winning artist who has been creating dramatically beautiful and original works for the worlds most sophisticated and discriminating clientele for over 25 years. Her innovative approach to creating artwork that captures the imagination and defines luxury has made her a globally respected and highly sought-after contributor to private, personal and corporate collections.

Dr. Antonella Nota
ESA, Science/Art advisor

Dr. Nota, is Deputy Head of the Science Division of the European Space Agency (ESA). She joined the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in 1986 and was one of the first women to join the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) in Europe. She monitors variable stars from Venice, Italy where she was born and raised. She graduated from the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Padua, home of Galileo. 

Dr. Hussein Jirdeh
STScI, Science Advisor

Dr. Hussein Jirdeh is the Head of Communications and Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute. He leads a team that informs and inspires the public about the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope and the promise of the James Webb Space Telescope. He develops and oversees communication strategies, formal and informal education activities, community outreach, news releases, media planning, and service development and implementation.  

Dr. Gioia Rau
Science advisor, CUA @ GSFC

Dr. Gioia Rau is a postdoc at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She received her PhD from the University of Vienna and spent three months at the European Southern Observatory (ESO)/Garching in a visiting position to work on interferometric data obtained with the newest Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI)/GRAVITY infrared interferometer.