Gregory has created many of the beautiful portraits in our First Flight Gallery. Here are some examples:

2018 Katherine Johnson

Gregory Kavalec, born 1945 and resides in Pennsylvania. He studied his B.S.M.Ed in art at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Kavalec’s artistic styles range from the realistic, impressionistic, abstract paintings, figurative sculpture in bronze, smoke-fired ceramic and traditional portraits in oils.

Mrs. Jonas Salk chose Kavalec to paint the portrait of Dr. Jonas Salk for the Medical School Collection, University of Pittsburgh. In 1994, the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service and the First Flight Society commissioned him to paint the portrait of President George Bush for the Portrait Collection at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Many of his commissioned portraits are in the permanent exhibition at the Wright Brothers Memorial.

His award-winning artwork is in private and corporate collections including Bayer Laboratories, Carnegie Melon University, H. J. Heinz Company, IBM, Standard Oil Corp. and Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Portrait Artists.