Commissioned for NASA’s: A National Tribute to Sally Ride
Ari was commissioned by Weber Shandwick on behalf of ExxonMobil and Sally Ride Science to create a portrait of Dr. Sally Ride. The painting was completed in under 24 hours as a camera crew recorded his progress for use in a tribute video titled Sally Ride: A Champion of Science Literacy. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, the video was played at NASA’s National Tribute to Sally Ride which was held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on May 20, 2013.
For those who do not know Sally Ride, she was the first American women in Space, the Founder of Sally Ride Science, an advocate of gender equality and a true national hero. Sally Ride was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously by President Obama. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors
President Obama said, “We remember Sally Ride not just as a national hero, but as a role model to generations of young women. Sally inspired us to reach for the stars, and she advocated for a greater focus on the science, technology, engineering and math that would help us get there. Sally showed us that there are no limits to what we can achieve.”