SETI AIR: Advisory Committee

The AIR Advisory Committee is made up of contemporary art curators, SETI Institute scientists, and individuals who have a broad awareness of current trends and developments in the contemporary artistic territory where science, technology, and art intersect. Near Orbit Active Advisors (NOAA) are the most active and will have the most influence. Far Orbit Passive Advisors (FOPA) are former advisors and supporters of the program. The advisory committee works with SETI Institute management to select future artists in such a way that the program is broad-based in terms of discipline, race and gender. The AIR initiative also aspires to encourage young people to experience the exciting possibilities emerging at the nexus of art, technology, and the sciences. Our explicit goal is to make way for the art that we haven’t seen or heard yet. As such, the program favors artists working with new ideas - surprise us !!


Jill TarterChair Emeritus for SETI Research


Donna Conwell has served as Associate Curator of the Lucas Artists Program at Montalvo Arts Center since 2011.


Zhang Ga  is an internationally recognized media art curator. He is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Art and Technology at China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), and Senior Fellow at the Media Arts and Technology Graduate Program of University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). 


Susan Sayre Batton is Oshman Executive Director at San Jose Museum of Art, where she leads a museum that reflects the diverse cultures and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley.


Regine Basha has been curating innovative contemporary art exhibitions for public institutions, civic spaces, parks, private galleries, heritage buildings, and the like, nationally and internationally, with an adventurous approach to designing and curating in these specific contexts. more


Mark Showalter is a Senior Research Scientist at the SETI Institute, specializing in the dynamics of the rings and small moons of the outer planets.

Far Orbit Passive Advisors (FOPA)



Denise Markonish - Advisory Committee Chair (2012 - 2016) has been the curator at MASS MoCA since 2007.


Laurance Doyle is a true renaissance man who thrives on discovery.


Joel Slayton is Executive Director of ZERO1: The Art and Technology Network in Silicon Valley.


Margot Knight has been Executive Director of Djerassi Resident Artists Program since 2011.


Roger Malina is an astronomer, editor and art science researcher.

Tom Leeser

Tom Leeser is a media artist, educator, curator and writer.