In Loving Memory of Kim Poor

In commemoration to our rebranding and our revamped website, we honor the memory and life of our founder:

Kim Poor

Kim Paul Poor, founder and artist of was born in Phoenix, AZ on March 7th, 1952.

This is Kelsey and Nathan Poor, his daughter and son. We don’t want to talk much about how dad started, and instead would like to focus more on his achievements as a father, a husband, a business man, and an artist.

Poor Family, 1986

Dad was 6’4”, he was goofy (a lot of “dad” jokes), he was witty, he was intelligent, and he was artistically talented. He was tall, skinny, left-handed, loved funny movies, and greeted everybody with a “Howdy!” When we were little, dad was on the road a lot. He packed up his loading van and took his art to mall shows around the United States. He would always come home with presents from wherever he was. He also used to spend a lot of time painting in his art studio in the back of the house.

Artist bio picture, 1996

At night, when we were little, he would get on the floor with us and wrestle, tickle and play with us while we screamed for mom to come help us. Sometimes, he would unwind by playing his guitar in his art studio to his extensive collection of CD’s, while my little brother and I danced around the room. He had an absolute affinity for The Beatles. We had all of The Beatles’ movies on Laser Disc.

The Poors do Abbey Road, London 2001

Before we were born, dad was the first president and one of the founding members of IAAA (International Association of Astronomical Artists), a league of Space Artists, who would go on landscape adventures to capture the true essence of geological beauty. Sand dunes, craters, and volcanoes were sketched up, painted, and photographed. When we opened Novaspace (formerly Novagraphics), we couldn’t keep our stock on the shelves. Our mother, Sally Poor, kept an order form pad by her bed in case people called to order something in the middle of the night. Dad was so cutting edge, we were one of the first companies on the internet.

IAAA in Hawaii Volcanos National Park, 1982
Courtesy of Marilynn Flynn
(Andrew Chaikin, Marilynn Flynn, Pamela Lee, James Hervat, Joel Hagen, Kim Poor, Michael Carroll, Bill Hartmann)

Dad was diagnosed with a rare genetic brain disease, that was a surprise to our family, in 2001. His disease was called Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 3, also known as Machado Joseph Disease (MJD for short). His movements were becoming spastic, and he was losing control of his hands and his legs. He had stopped painting long before he was diagnosed, but I think what he really missed the most was playing his guitar.

In August of 2007, he put together the first Spacefest, held in Mesa, Arizona. He always was so proud of Spacefest, and loved to be the star of the show. Unfortunately, he couldn’t attend Spacefest 8 because of his declining health.

Kim Poor, Spacefest 2007

On August 16th, 2017 at 10:07a.m., Daddy died at home at age 65, after a bath, with mom and Nathan next to him. He was at peace, and wearing his first Spacefest T- Shirt. The date on it reflected that he died almost exactly 10 years after the first production.

He brought a lot of people together, and we will continue to gather again each time in his memory. His legacy has inspired our family, and though it hurts to continue all of this without him, it is what he would have wanted. Now we honor his memory further by relaunching and rebranding

Your family misses you, daddy, and we speak on behalf of mom: We love you. Wherever you are, we hope you are playing your guitar.

Kelsey, Nathan & Sally

Spino Cerebellar Ataxia Type 3 is incurable. It is a cruel, slow disease that keeps your mind intact and debilitates every muscle you’ve ever taken for granted, including your eyes and speech, and has been passed down to Kelsey Poor. If you, or someone you know would like to donate to the fund for finding a cure, please visit The National Ataxia Foundation and contribute.

8 replies on “In Loving Memory of Kim Poor

  • Rick & MaryLynn Geiger

    We are saddened to learn of Kim’s passing. While we periodically receive the Novaspace News email, we missed the announcement, if there was one. We first met Kim in one of the malls in Tucson where he was displaying some of his art in center court. Over the years we purchased a number of Kim’s prints from his Tucson store, four of which are currently displayed in our home, with other prints stored in a closet held for somewhat infrequent rotation. We still remember viewing the original Ladies of the Lake in his store and hesitating to buy, only to eventually learn the folly of that hesitation. A truly talented artists who has brought much enjoyment to our home’s decor.

  • Don Scott

    Kim Poor was a remarkable human. NovaSpace and Spacefest are highlight memories for me, and they always include his smiling face and cheerful discussions. The discount package offered to teachers was a boon for educators and students; and we of NASA-AESP included the information in our teacher workshops. His paintings are the legacy … if life imitates art, his work encourages us to visit the places he inspires us with.

    Don Scott, NASA-AESP ret (state rep for Nevada, Montana, et al). Writer and photographer.

  • James J. Duprey, MSgt, USAF, Ret.

    He touched our hearts and minds with his talent and insight. His art reflected his devotion to his craft and appreciation for his audience. What a privilege to meet him. His art is displayed in our home. We enjoy it everyday. I remember walking into the art gallery in Texas and that is where it all began. The festivities outside of the Tucson gallery. Memories that will be with us forever. God Bless. James and Vickie

  • Wayne

    I first met your amazing dad when we were both young men at some space/astronomy event in southern California in the late 1980s. I do remember his passion for space art back then. Growing up during the historic “Apollo Era”, I also shared his enthusiasm for manned spaceflight having been recently employed a few years earlier by a major aerospace company as a full-time commercial illustrator. I joined the IAAA not too long after meeting your dad but was limited in my ability to participate in the many field trips IAAA hosted due to my full-time illustrator job which I still have to this day. It wasn’t until I attended Spacefest 2007 in Arizona that I would connect with your dad again. I will be forever grateful to both your parents for putting on this awesome event. It was there that I met and interacted with many of my “space heroes” for the first time, including having dinner with my favorite inspirational Space Artist Robert McCall, along with getting to meet many of the Apollo astronauts. I remember running after your dad as he whipped around the conference hall in his wheel chair and stopping him in order to personally say, “Thank you so much Kim for putting on Spacefest 2007. These experiences I’m now having have meant the world to me.” Your father had a positive impact on many lives by bringing many people together of like mind and passion. You have much too proud of and thankful for.

  • Frederick Urbasek

    I never met Kim. I am truly disappointed that I did not have that pleasure. Many years ago, I visited the store in Tucson. Not sure if I bought anything. However, I have in my collection of space art of many artists. My 1st purchase was Globular Star Cluster. It hangs above my bed along with the famous
    Ladies of the Lake. That framed lithograph has hung on many walls in many places I have lived. I now have a total of 15 adorning my bedroom and living area. I ran out of wall space to put the rest up. As I write this, all I have to do is turn away to the left and the Ladies are watching over me. Thank You,
    Kim Paul Poor.


    – He instructed how to frame over the telephone.
    – He also sold me one of the crew patches that flew onboard Apollo 13.

  • Mike Fisher

    I first met Kim in Scottsdale at an art fair. I also bought my first art of his there. He was funny, very sociable and made me an instant fan. I continued buying his art through the years and in a move from Phoenix to Seattle, I damaged one of his prints. I was heartbroken. I emailed him to see if he had any remaining prints of that specific art, and he said yes. So I bundled up the damaged print, flew to Phoenix, drove to Tucson and went to his shop. EVEN CLOSED, we warmly welcomed me inside (HEAVEN) and signed and numbered a new print and handed it to me! He wouldn’t let me pay for it in any way. That man was GOLDEN. He was my hero. I still miss him.


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