Eric Bransby: The History of Navigation

Eric Bransby, The History of Navigation (detail), 1968, Polymer and tempera on panels, Collection of the U.S. Air Force Academy

Eric Bransby: The History of Navigation

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In 1968, a year prior to the first moon landing, nationally-renowned Colorado Springs artist Eric Bransby created a 30-foot long mural that depicts significant moments in the history of navigation from nautical voyages to space travel. The mural was originally commissioned for the United States Air Force Planetarium and will be on loan to the Fine Arts Center from the Air Force Academy.

Bransby was born in 1916 and studied under several of the most influential art teachers in 20th century America. In Kansas City, he studied under Regionalist Thomas Hart Benton, then at the Fine Arts Center School 1938-40 with illustrator and painter Boardman Robinson, and at Yale in 1952 under abstract colorist Josef Albers. More of Bransby’s work can be seen in his masterful renovation of Boardman Robinson’s mural over the Fine Arts Center’s front entrance.