Mars Fest 2022: Second Annual Public Arts Festival at ODU

Mars Fest 2022: Second Annual Public Arts Festival at ODU

October 14, 2022 - October 16, 2022 Photo Library

October 14-16th 2022, the second annual Public Arts Festival at ODU proudly presented Mars: a large-scale sculpture by UK-based artist Luke Jerram. Jerram’s red planet shimmers at nearly 23 feet in diameter; an approximate scale of 1:1 million. Each centimeter of the sculpture represents 10 kilometers of the surface of Mars, and pairs its galactic imagery with lights and custom surround sound.  

Serving as a meeting point on 43rd Street, Mars brings the Tidewater community together for three out-of-this-world nights, featuring presentations and performances by ODU students, professors, and local heroes. It was an adventure full of food, vendors, dance, music, and conversation, all exploring the Martian landscape and igniting the imagination of young and old. 

The Barry Art Museum is grateful to artist Luke Jerram, the Exhibition Advisory Committee, Old Dominion University, NASA Langley and all of our enthusiastic community partners for their generosity and collaborative spirit in the creation of this exhibit and related festival programming.

Mars Fest and its programs are made possible by our generous Sponsors:

Photo by: Ashley Berkman

Presenting Sponsors: 


Brock Foundation and Ms. Joan P. Brock

Old Dominion University

Supporting Sponsors:

Baldwin Advisory

Goode Family Foundation

Director’s Circle: 

Lewis Webb & Kim McCoy

Office of the City Manager & City of Norfolk

Towne Bank

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Clancy & Theys Construction Company

Colley Avenue Copies

Domino’s Pizza

Insomnia Cookies

ODU Graduate School 

Saunders & Crouse Architects


WHRO Public Media

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Exhibition Advisory Committee:

David Bowles, Executive Director, Virginia Institute for Spaceflight & Autonomy

Andrew Carnell, Chief of Staff, NASA Langley Research Center 

Giovanna Genard, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communication & Marketing, ODU

Khan Ifteharuddin, Professor and Associate Dean For Research & Graduate Programs, Batten College of Engineering and Technology, ODU

Solomon Isekeije, Director, Fine Arts Division at Norfolk State University 

Karen Meier, Assistant Vice President for Community Engagement, ODU

Melissa Proffitt, Vice President, Virginia Aerospace Business Association

Mary Sandy, Director, Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Tara Saunders, Executive Director, Real Estate Foundation

Robert Wojtowicz, Vice Provost & Dean of the Graduate School, ODU


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Community Partners:

African American Creative Community Series Inc.


Back Bay Amateur Astronomers

Baron & Ellin Gordon Art Galleries

Chartway Arena

Chrysler Museum of Art

COVA Brewing Company 

Drum Your Dream

Elizabeth River Trail Foundation

The Governor’s School for the Arts

Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience

Jefferson Lab

Lil Truck of Tools

Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium



Norfolk State University

Selden Market


Slover Library

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Virginia Space Grant Consortium


Photo by: Ashley Berkman

ODU Partners:


Arts @ ODU

College of Arts and Letters

College of Health Sciences

Department of Game Design, Development, and Criticism

Department of World Languages and Culture

Dance Program

Diehn School of Music

Educational Foundation 

Film Program

Facilities Management and Construction

Geography Program

Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs

Masters of Fine Arts Program

Michael and Kimthanh Le Digital Theater Planetarium

Office of Community Engagement

Office of the President

Office of Research

Office of Risk Management

Real Estate Foundation

Society of Physics Students

Space Systems Laboratory

Strategic Communications 

Transportation and Parking Services

Writers in Community