• Gooseneck Point
    • Acrylic, Paper collage, Ink & Fiber on Panel
    • 32" x 32"
    • SOLD
    • White Canyon
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 36" x 36"
    • The Rincon
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper, Fiber on Panel
    • 24" x 24"
    • SOLD
    • Traversing Burns
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 48" x 48"
    • Rincon Bend
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 32" x 32"
    • Powell's Point 1
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Powell's Point 2
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Powell's Point 3
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Powell's Point 4
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Powell's Point 5
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Powell's Point 6
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Powell's Point 7
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Powell's Point 8
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Powell's Point 9
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Powell's Point 10
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Near Cisco
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 36" x 36"
    • Moab Bend
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 48" x 48"
    • Loops By Parachute
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 24" x 24"
    • Around Bond
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 48" x 48"
    • Beacon Pools
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 36" x 36"
    • Around Bond
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 36" x 36"
    • Circling Burns
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper and Fiber on Panel
    • 24" x 24"
    • SOLD
    • Around Burns
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper, Fiber on Panel
    • 48" x 48"
    • SOLD
    • Powell's Point
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper, Fiber on Panel
    • 24" x 24"
    • SOLD
    • Study 8 (Desert Gems)
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Windy Gap
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 24" x 24"
    • SOLD
    • Study 7 (South of Grand Junction)
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Study 6 (Loops by Parachute)
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Study 5 (Circling Silt)
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Study 4 (Two Rivers Junction)
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Study 3 (Circling Burns)
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • SOLD
    • Study 2 (Kremmling)
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • Study 1 (Windy Gap)
    • Acrylic, Ink, Paper on Panel
    • 12" x 12"
    • South of Grand Junction
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 48" x 48"
    • Kremmling
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 24" x 24"
    • SOLD
    • Between Pele & Prometheus
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 48" x 96" Triptych
    • Surrounding Pele II
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 48" x 60"
    • SOLD
    • Flows of Amirani
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 46" x 58"
    • SOLD
    • Tvashtar
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 48" x 72" Diptych
    • SOLD
    • Prometheus & the Ionian Garden
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 60" x 120" Triptych
    • Ionian Garden V
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 60" x 120" Triptych
    • From Pele to Prometheus
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 48" x 69" Triptych
    • Yelland & Ino
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 48" x 48"
    • SOLD
    • Target Tyre Macula
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 32" x 32"
    • SOLD
    • Pele West III
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 48" x 48"
    • SOLD
    • East of Pele
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 32" x 32"
    • Ionian Garden IV
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 60" x 120" Triptych
    • SOLD
    • Many Faces of Pele IV
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 32" x 32"
    • SOLD
    • Many Faces of Pele V
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 32" x 32"
    • Many Faces of Pele III
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 32" x 32"
    • Many Faces of Pele II
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 32" x 32"
    • Many Faces of Pele I
    • Acrylic, Ink, Fiber, Paper on Panel
    • 32" x 32"

Artist Statement

For the past decade, I’ve been exploring the worlds of our solar system through paint.  I’ve had a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with NASA scientists dissecting the geology of our planetary neighbors while conveying their stories in mixed-media works. Throughout this process, I’m often asked, “why planets?” To respond to this question, I’ve recently turned my focus back to Earth so to speak. Although obvious, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Earth is a planet – a marvelous, complex and fragile system we call home.  My newest series embarks on a journey to investigate our unique world from the vantage point of space.

Earth is marvelously yet dauntingly complex.  Its crust is shaped not only by pervasive geologic activity; the surface of Earth has been carved by humans. So I struggled with where to begin. One day, while listening to NPR, I heard a poem by Langston Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” This impressed upon me the role of rivers in shaping our planet, its habitability, history and civilizations. Around the same time, I had the chance to visit both the headwaters of the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park and its course through the Grand Canyon. I was struck by the story of the Colorado River in shaping the landscape and development of the American West and my new series was born.

Literally and metaphorically, rivers are the life blood of Earth. Their cycles parallel our bodies’ circulatory systems as they journey to deliver fresh water and nutrients to the land. They also have defined the development of civilizations, providing essential resources and conduits for our societies to flourish. The story of the Colorado River embodies the power of rivers as essential to land and life. My new series takes a look at the journey of the Colorado River from humble headwaters to its untimely demise before it reaches the Sea of Cortez. The Colorado River is one of the most heavily legislated, litigated and manipulated rivers in the world with international implications. Its watershed allowed for the “desert to bloom” as predicted by John Wesley Powell, but human impact has also had devastating effects on its health and the environment. From Denver to Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Diego, the Colorado River is crucial for millions of people and huge agricultural enterprises. The American public literally feeds off the bounty of the river every day. However, this precious resource is at risk and it is truly and endangered landscape.

My new series takes a look at the Colorado River basin as captured by Earth orbiting satellites. Views from this remote sensing perspective truly highlight the journey of the Colorado River as manipulated and impacted by human development – a true example of the Anthropocene. This is dramatically seen in the contrast of the fractal and organic patterns viewed in the natural landscape as juxtaposed with the geometric manipulation of Earth’s surface pervasive in our urban and agricultural areas. For this series, I’m interested in investigating the juxtaposing forms of man vs. nature while contemplating the history and future of this remarkable, iconic and fragile resource.

Artist Bio

Denver-based artist Monica Petty Aiello is known for her mixed-media works which blend her love of art and planetary science. She often consults with noted NASA mission scientists to construct her astro-geologically inspired work. After extensive research, she creates her lush, glassy pieces by meticulously layering acrylic, varnish, ink and fiber – like strata to interpret the geomorphology of the planets and moons within our Solar System. Her work is collected and shown internationally by museums, corporate collections and private patrons, and is recognized in art, science and popular media. Her work has been exhibited at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Wheaton College, Arvada Center for Art & Humanities and at many NASA events.

Monica and her husband, sculptor Tyler Aiello, have received national acclaim for their many public practice initiatives launched by their organization EUREKUS. The Aiello’s robust programs explore the intersection of the arts, sciences and communities with audiences of all ages. They are pioneers in the STEAM movement, uniting the arts with STEM education, and partner with NASA, museums, schools, colleges and companies nationally. Monica is a Lossett Visiting Professor at the University of Redlands in California and is an Educational Affiliate member of the American Astronomical Society.

Selected Exhibitions

2014 Buell Theater: Place Matters – Denver’s Arts & Venues and the Mizel and Museum; Denver, CO

2014 Wheaton College: Inner & Outer Space Exhibition; Norton, MA

2013 Center for the Arts, Art Association of Jackson Hole: Planetoloy; Jackson, WY

2013 American Astronomical Society, Division of Planetary Sciences Conference; Denver, CO

2013 Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities: Art of the State Exhibition of Colorado; Arvada, CO

2012 Diehl Gallery: Galileo’s Garden / Jackson: Tyler & Monica Aiello; Jackson, WY

2011 Rising Gallery: Galileo’s Garden / Dallas: Tyler & Monica Aiello; Dallas, TX

2011 Space Gallery: Galileo’s Garden: Tyler & Monica Aiello; Denver, CO

2010 Diehl Gallery: Cosmorphology: Tyler & Monica Aiello; Jackson, WY

2009 Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center: Frozen / Inferno Solo Exhibition; Colorado Springs, CO

In conjunction with NASA/ART: 50 Years of Exploration organized by the Smithsonian Institution

2009 Denver International Airport: The Art of Women Invitational, Curated by Archer Concept Group

2008 Diehl Gallery: Contiguous Garden: Tyler & Monica Aiello; Jackson, WY

2007 Meyer Milagros Gallery: Group Show; Jackson, WY

2007 Walker Fine Art: OmniModus: Tyler and Monica Aiello; Denver, CO

2006 Aspen Art Museum: Colorado Biennial-Conjoined solo exhibition; Aspen, CO

2006 Denver Museum of Nature & Science: Two Worlds: Tyler & Monica Aiello; Denver, CO

2005 Space Gallery: Two Worlds: Tyler & Monica Aiello; Denver, CO

2005 Expressions in Fine Art: Group Show; Santa Fe, NM

2005 Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art: Avant Garden; Boulder, CO

2004 44T Artspace:  Odyssey, Solo Show; Denver, CO

2003 Space Gallery: Requiem, Two-Person Show; Denver, CO

PUBLIC PRACTICE WORK

NASA

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Johnson Space Center

Applied Physics Laboratory

Oregon Museum of Science & Industry

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

NASA Museum Alliance

University of Colorado, Boulder

Laboratory for Atmospheric & Space Physics

Denver University

Wheaton College

University of Redlands

California College of Art

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

Metropolitan State College of Denver

Colorado State University

University of Colorado, Denver

Denver Office of Cultural Affairs

STEAM Connect Conference

Division of Planetary Science Conference

Colorado Art Educators Association Conference

ArtSource Colorado

Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation

Denver Art Museum

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Museum of Contemporary Art / Denver

Art Association of Jackson Hole

Bemis School of Art

Mizel Museum

Mamie Doud Public Library

Denver Public Schools

MUSEUM & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; Colorado Springs, Colorado

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Long-term loan; Pasadena, California

Long Point Development, Terranea Hotel; Palos Verdes, California

Harrah’s Rincon Hotel; San Diego, California

Dr. Julie Rathbun, Physics Department, University of Redlands; Redlands, California

Daniel Libeskind Museum Residences; Denver, Colorado

HealthGrades; Denver, Colorado

Startek; Denver, Colorado

Mark West Energy Partners; Denver, Colorado

Robinson, Waters & O’Dorisio; Denver, Colorado

The Millennium Building; Denver, Colorado

BMG Entertainment; New York, New York

Encana Oil & Gas; Denver, Colorado

First Data Corporation; Denver, Colorado

Harris Corporation; Denver, Colorado

Clifton Gunderson; Denver, Colorado

Premier Lofts; Denver, Colorado

Dr. Peter Vargas; Rose Medical Center; Denver, Colorado

Heizer Paul LLP; Denver, Colorado

Murray, Dahl, Kuechenmeister & Renauld; Denver, Colorado

Information Ergonomics; Denver, Colorado

Long & Page LLP; Denver, Colorado

Publications

NSTA Journal, Science & Children; NASA’s Art & the Cosmic Connection; October 2014

Art & The Cosmic Connection, a STEAM Program co-authored by Monica & Tyler Aiello for NASA’s Discovery & New Frontiers Programs

Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks, Dr. Tyler Nordgren, Springer/Praxis

Activities

American Astronomical Society, Education Affiliate

International Association of Astronomical Artists

American Geophysical Union

National Art Education Association

Colorado Art Education Association

Denver Public Schools Community Partner

Denver Quality Afterschool Connection, Champion Member

reviews

Education Week: Elementary Schools Use Extra Time for STEM Eduation; 9.16.14

Denver Post YourHub: Local artists provide STEAM education; 4.9.14

Jackson Hole News & Guide: Universal art – Art meets outer space at kids camp; 7.24.13

5280 Magazine: Outside the Lines: The Scientists Monica & Tyler Aiello; Daliah Singer Sept. 2012

Jackson Hole News & Guide: Aiellos tap cosmos for latest Diehl exhibition; Kate Hull 7.25.12

Westword Magazine Blog: Reach for the Stars at the Mizel Museum; Susan Froyd; 1.11.12

Sky & Telescope Magazine: Is There Art on Other Planets? Dr. David Grinspoon, August 2011

Westword.com: 100 Colorado Creatives: Dr. David Grinspoon, Susan Froyd, 7.12.11

Denver Post: Art Duo Opens “Galileo’s Gardens”, Kyle MacMillan, 5.6.11

Westword: Night & Day, Space is the Place, Susan Froyd, 4.21.11

Westword: Denver In Abstract; Michael Paglia, 5.12.11

Jackson Hole News & Guide: Denver duo explore natural world, cosmos, 7.28.10

CBS Television: Colorado Getaways, NASA ART SHOW, March 2010

Denver Post: Take 5: NASA Missions Celebrated; Kyle MacMillan 12.18.09

Colorado Springs Gazette: NASA Exhibit: Art center goes to infinity and beyond; 12.17.09

Colorado Springs Gazette.com: NASA show is astronauts and rockets and so much more; 2.17.09

Colorado Springs Independent: Art of the cosmos lands at the FAC and unveils a creative look atexploration; 12.17.09

Denver Post:  Best Bets; Critic’s Choice, Kyle Macmillan; 3.9.09

Jackson Hole News & Guide: Of Heaven and Earth: Diehl Gallery features Aiellos in ‘Garden’; 9.10.08

Westword: Michael Paglia, Moons and Metal; 5.17.07

Rocky Mountain News: Mary Voelz Chandler, Omni Modus; 5.4.07

KUVO 89.3FM, Radio Interview with Hillary de Pollo, 4.13.07

Denver Post: Two Trendy Takes on Downtown Design, Room Section, 4.26.07

Vail Daily/The Aspen Times: Aspen biennial embraces Colorado artists; 10.24.06

Denver Post: Kyle MacMillan, Aspen biennial takes artful turn; 10.19.06

Aspen Daily News: Damien Williamson, Top Colorado Artists; 10.5.06

Denver Post: Kyle MacMillan, Artists draw from the cosmos for inspiration; 3.17.06

Westword: Space Cases: DMNS and the Aiellos are a match made in the heavens; 2.23.06