Pat Musick and Jerry Carr are busy preparing to crate and ship a series of five paintings to the NASA Permanent Collection at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA recently notified them that the paintings, entitled Tertium Quid, had been accepted into the collection. Created in 1970, they reflect Pat’s concern about how mankind would change as we move out to inhabit space. She had been deeply affected by President Kennedy’s determination to reach the moon by the end of the 1960s and by the image of Earthise, taken by the Apollo 8 crew in 1968. The works were created before Musick met and married Jerry Carr, Commander of the Skylab 4 mission whose purpose was to explore how mankind wold adapt to long term life in space.
Now the paintings will have a permanent home where nearby rocket pads have launched us into a search for answers about our future.
Below are two of the five paintings. The body of work will be on view at the Helmholz Gallery in Manchester Center, Vermont before they travel to their permanent home.