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630-886-6443   Executive Director
312-565-1028   Director of Marketing
or write to us at:
KV 265
PO Box 482
Willow Springs, IL 60480

Administrative Staff

José Francisco Salgado, PhD
Executive Director and Co-Founder


José Francisco Salgado is an astronomer and visual artist at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and the Executive Director and co-founder of KV 265, a non-profit organization whose mission is the communication of science through art. Formally trained in Physics (BS, Univ. of Puerto Rico) and Astronomy (PhD, Univ. of Michigan), he uses his skills in astronomy, education, and visual arts to create multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. His education and outreach efforts include an Emmy-nominated astronomy TV news segment (Nuestra Galaxia, WGBO), and critically acclaimed science and symphony films (Gustav Holst's The Planets, Astronomical Pictures at an Exhibition, Over the Beautiful Blue Planet, Moonrise, Explorers of the Heavens) created to accompany live performances of classical music works. His first two films were featured in the opening ceremony of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009) at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and were shown around the world as part of IYA2009 festivities. By early 2012, the films had been presented more than 75 times in 14 countries including collaborations with the Boston Pops and Buzz Aldrin, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Torino.
Salgado, an avid photographer named Photo Ambassador by the European Southern Observatory, experiments with high dynamic range imaging, time-lapse, infrared, fisheye, and stereoscopic photography to enhance his multimedia works. Through his artwork, Salgado seeks to create visually appealing images to provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder about the Earth and the Universe. His artwork, astronomy films, photographs, and illustrations have been published in magazines and science books, and shown in cities such as San Juan, San Francisco, Boston, Kingston (Canada), Melbourne, Taipei, Valencia, Prague, Athens, Belgrade, Piešťany, Torino, Venice, Madrid, Cuenca, and Cape Town. He has contributed visuals to documentaries produced for the History, Discovery, BBC, and National Geographic channels and he is a two-time Photoshop Guru Award finalist.
He also produces and presents short films with musician/composer Tom Bailey (formerly of British pop group Thompson Twins) as part of the audiovisual ensemble Bailey-Salgado Project (BSP) and with the harp duo Beyond Pluck. If he is not currently presenting at a music venue, chances are he is editing photographs and planning what to photograph and create next.

Honors & Awards

2010Citibank’s Hispanic Heritage Award
2010Teatro de Rojas (Toledo) Best Concert of Season Award for Astronomical Pictures at an Exhibition.
2010Named ESO Photo Ambassador by the European Southern Observatory
2010Two of his films named Special Project of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009)
2009Distinguished Alumnus, School of Natural Sciences, UPR
2009Lecturer, Distinguished Lecture Series of the School of Art and Design, U-M
2008AstroFilm Festival Piešťany (Slovakia) Audience Award for Gustav Holst’s The Planets
2007Photoshop Guru Award finalist for Orion Rising
2003Emmy Award nomination for Nuestra Galaxia news segment
1999Photoshop Guru Award finalist for artwork "Active Galaxy Over the Adler"
1994, 95Rackham Dissertation Fellowship, U-M
1992-96Puerto Rico Community Foundation Research Grant
1991Rackham Merit Fellowship
1988-91University of Puerto Rico Honors Program


Anne Barlow
Director of Development and Co-Founder
Ms. Barlow has more than 20 years experience in marketing and public relations holding positions as Director in the Media Practice of Buron-Marsteller, and at Golin-Harris in Chicago working in corporate and crisis communications. Ms. Barlow has worked with a wide variety of clients including: Accenture, Michelin, Chrysler Corporation, McDonald’s, Bayer Aspirin, Abbott Laboratories, Campbell’s Soup, Energizer, First Alert, Florida Department of Citrus, Glaxo Wellcome, and Ortho McNeil.
Ms. Barlow holds a Masters in Fine Arts, and studied clarinet with Larry Combs, retired principle clarinet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She also serves on the Board of Directors of KV 265, Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Northwestern Brain Institute Advisory Board.


Mark SubbaRao, PhD
Educational Programs Developer
Mark SubbaRao was born in Charlotte North Carolina in 1968. He received his bachelors degree in engineering physics from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. from The John Hopkins University in astrophysics. His Ph.D. thesis concerned the characterization of the distribution and evolution of the luminosity of galaxies. After obtaining his degree he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a project to make the largest 3D map of the Universe. He was a developer of the survey’s spectroscopic pipeline which measured classified and measured their distances to one million deep sky objects. He is an author of over 100 scientific publications.
In 2003 he joined the staff of the Adler Planetarium, currently directing their Space Visualization Laboratory. He has led the development of major exhibition galleries such as “The Universe: A Walk Through Time and Space”. He has also produced, written and directed a number of HD, stereoscopic videos as well as full dome planetarium shows. These include the feature planetarium shows Welcome to the Universe and Cosmic Wonder. His visualizations have been widely shown in print and television. Dr. SubbaRao chairs the International Planetarium Society’s Task Force on Science and Data Visualization, and is a member of the Data Visualization Advisory Committee of the Research Computing Center at the University of Chicago. He chairs the Adler Planetarium’s Internal Research Committee and is the Adler Planetarium’s institutional representative on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project