Spectrum 21 Awards

Spectrum Awards. (Photo credit: David Bober/Helpful Bear Productions.)

Spectrum Awards. (Photo credit: David Bober/Helpful Bear Productions.)

The Spectrum 21 Awards were presented May 10 in Kansas City, under the guidance of Spectrum’s new Director John Fleskes. The honorees in eight categories and the 2014 Grand Master recipient are:

Advertising
Silver Award: Victo Ngai for “A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year”
Gold Award: Kent Williams for “The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies”

Book
Silver Award: Scott Gustafson for “Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles”
Gold Award: Nicolas Delort for “The End of the Road”

Comics
Silver Award: Mark A. Nelson for “Seasons, page 1”
Gold Award: Thomas Campi for “The Red Door”

Concept Art
Silver Award: Vance Kovacs for “John Carter Punches a Thark”
Gold Award: Theo Prins for “Refugees”

Dimensional
Silver Award: Colin and Kristine Poole for “Hot Diggety Dog”
Gold Award: The Shiflett Bros. for “Vertical Man-Tank, 1892”

Editorial
Silver Award: Yuko Shimizu for “Hair Tree”
Gold Award: Tran Nguyen for “The Insects of Love”

Institutional
Silver Award: Justin Sweet for “Blacksea”
Gold Award: Bill Carman for “Shared Eyewear”

Unpublished
Silver Award: Yukari Masuike for “Riding Horse on the Freezing Day”
Gold Award: Omar Rayyan for “The Long Walk Home”

Grand Master Award
Iain McCaig

Iain McCaig. (Photo bredit: David Bober/Helpful Bear  Productions.)

Iain McCaig. (Photo bredit: David Bober/Helpful Bear
Productions.)

Jurors who determined the Gold and Silver Award winners this year were Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan, and Allen Williams.

All of the work will be included in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, which will be published by Flesk Publications and distributed to the trade by Publishers Group West in October.

Bill Carman. (Photo credit: David Bober/Helpful Bear  Productions.)

Bill Carman. (Photo credit: David Bober/Helpful Bear
Productions.)

Colin and Kristine Poole.  (Photo credit: David Bober/Helpful Bear Productions.)

Colin and Kristine Poole. (Photo credit: David Bober/Helpful Bear Productions.)

Omar Rayyan.  (Photo credit: David Bober/Helpful Bear  Productions.)

Omar Rayyan. (Photo credit: David Bober/Helpful Bear
Productions.)

The Shiflett Bros.  (Photo credit: David Bober/Helpful Bear  Productions.)

The Shiflett Bros. (Photo credit: David Bober/Helpful Bear
Productions.)

Tran Nguyen.  (Photo credit: David Bober/Helpful Bear  Productions.)

Tran Nguyen. (Photo credit: David Bober/Helpful Bear
Productions.)

Spectrum 21 Awards Finalists

The Spectrum 21 jury left to right: J. Anthony Kosar, Allen Williams, Cory Godbey, George Pratt and Shelly Wan

The Spectrum 21 jury left to right: J. Anthony Kosar, Allen Williams, Cory Godbey, George Pratt and Shelly Wan

Judging for the 2014 edition of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual was completed March 1 on the campus of San Jose State University. Finalists were chosen by jury members Cory Godbey, J. Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan, and Allen Williams who looked at and evaluated over five thousand entries in eight categories in a single day of voting. Their selections of the year’s best fantastic art will appear in Spectrum 21, scheduled for October release.

Spectrum: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art was founded in 1993 by Cathy Fenner and Artie Fenner. Creators from around the globe participate in the competition each year. With Spectrum 21 John Fleskes assumes the positions of director of the competition and editor of the annual. Flesk Publications is the new publisher of the book: Publishers Group West will continue as its distributor. The nominated images can be seen here on John Flesk’s blog.

Gold and silver medal winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony during Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, a weekend long celebration of fantastic art, in Kansas City, May 9-11. The Spectrum Grand Master Award will also be presented during the ceremony.

The gold and silver finalists are:

Advertising

  • Anita Kunz — Little Monsters
  • Victo Ngai — A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year
  • Shu Yan — Go Into the Gate
  • Kent Williams — The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies
  • Gabriel Verdon — Hiversaires

Book

  • Scott Gustafson — Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles
  • John Harris — Fire: the Road Beside the Wall
  • Petar Meseldzija — The Golden Apple Tree 1
  • Nicolas Delort — The End of the Road
  • Kirsti Wakelin — Dreamboats, Lilies, Koi and Chang Kuo-lao

Comics

  • He Jie Mona — All Corners of the Country: The Lost Buildings #4
  • David Palumbo — Aliens #1 cover
  • Thomas Campi — The Red Door
  • Mark A. Nelson — Seasons, page 1
  • Goni Montes — Clive Barker’s Next Testament #6

Concept Art

  • Theo Prins — Kite City 2
  • Theo Prins — Refugees
  • Brian Matyas — Messenger Girl
  • Vance Kovacs — John Carter Punches a Thark
  • Jamie Jones — Ackzero Interior

Dimensional

  • Colin and Kristine Poole — Hot Diggety Dog
  • Shaun Tan — Grimm Tales: Thousandfurs
  • The Shiflett Bros. — Vertical Man-Tank, 1892
  • Jessica Dalvo — Don’t Mind Me
  • Forest Rogers — Goblin Spider

Editorial

  • Nicolas Delort — Rumor of Angels
  • Yuko Shimizu — Hair Tree
  • Luo Xin — Recall
  • Tran Nguyen — The Insects of Love
  • Bill Mayer — Fragile Planet

Institutional

  • Bill Carman — Shared Eyewear
  • Rebecca Yanovskaya — Ascent of Man
  • Ed Binkley — The Hag Griselle Pays a Visit
  • Justin Sweet — Blacksea
  • Donato Giancola — Huor and Hurin Approach Gondolin

Unpublished

  • Jean-Baptiste Monge — Ode to the Moon
  • Yukari Masuike — Riding Horse on the Freezing Day
  • Annie Stegg — Lilaia the Naiad
  • Omar Rayyan — The Long Walk Home
  • Audrey Benjaminsen — Lady of Light

Spectrum 20 Award Winners

The 20th Annual Spectrum Awards ceremony was held at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City, MO, on May 18. The gold and silver award winners in the eight categories (and the 2013 Spectrum Grand Master) are:

SPECTRUM 2013 GRAND MASTER
Brom

ADVERTISING
Gold Award: Dan dos Santos, “Dragon Empress”
Silver Award: Android Jones, “Ganesatron”

BOOK
Gold Award: Dave Palumbo, “Fed”
Silver Award: Charles Vess, “Tanglewood: I Didn’t Know She Was a Bottle Witch”

COMICS
Gold Award: Paolo Rivera, “Daredevil #10″
Silver Award: David Petersen, “Mouse Guard: Black Axe #4, pg. 19″

CONCEPT ART
Gold Award: Allen Williams, “Tree of Tales”
Silver Award: Daniel Dociu, “Guild Wars 2, Norn Lodge”

DIMENSIONAL
Gold Award: Virginie Ropars, “Acanthopis III”
Silver Award: David Meng, “Sashimi”

EDITORIAL
Gold Award: Sam Bosma, “Stability”
Silver Award: Sam Weber, “Cancer Monster”

INSTITUTIONAL
Gold Award: Kekai Kotaki, “Stampede”
Silver Award: Lucas Graciano, “Dragon Swarm”

UNPUBLISHED
Gold Award: Cory Godbey, “The Fish Master”
Silver Award: Andrew Mar, “Tell-Tale Heart”

Spectrum 20 Award Finalists

Spectrum 20 Jury & Directors: Tim Bruckner, Mark A. Nelson,
Irene Gallo, Michael Whelan, Cathy Fenner, Tim Kirk, and Arnie Fenner.

The Spectrum 20 Award jury members Tim Bruckner, Irene Gallo, Tim Kirk, Mark A. Nelson, and Michael R. Whelan evaluated over 6,000 entries before selecting 40 finalists for this year’s edition of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual.

Founded in 1993 by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner, Spectrum: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art is among the most respected art showcases, covering a wide range of disciplines. It is the only “art annual” with categories devoted to comics, concept art, and sculpture.

Judging was completed March 2. Their selection of the year’s best fantastic art will appear in Spectrum 20, scheduled for October release in both hardcover and softcover from Underwood Books. Gold and silver medal winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony during Spectrum Live, a weekend long celebration of fantastic art, in Kansas City, May 17-19. The Spectrum Grand Master Award will also be presented during the ceremony, which will be held in the historic Midland Theater.

The gold and silver finalists are:

Advertising

  • Craig Elliott:ForestAwakening
  • Michael C. Hayes: Procession
  • Android Jones: Ganeshatron
  • Greg Ruth: Three Outlaw Samurai
  • Dan DosSantos: Dragon Empress

Book

  • Brom: Wipi
  • William O’Connor: Wargriffin
  • David Palumbo: Fed
  • Shaun Tan: Never Leave a Red Sock on the Clothesline
  • Charles Vess: Tanglewood: I Didn’t Know She Was a Bottle Witch

Comics

  • Jennifer L. Meyer: Aesop’s Ark,Ch. 2, P2
  • David Petersen: Mouse Guard Black Axe #4, Page 19
  • Paolo Rivera: Daredevil #10
  • Paolo Rivera: Captain America #1
  • João Ruas: Fables #121

Concept Art

  • Daniel Dociu: Guild Wars 2, Norn Lodge
  • Theo Prins: Southsun Cove
  • Paul Sullivan: Franken-animal
  • Justin Sweet: Marauders 2
  • Allen Willams: Tree of Tales

Dimensional

  • Dan Chudzinski: Turbulence
  • David Meng: Sashimi
  • Virginie Ropars: Mothra
  • Virginie Ropars: Acanthopis III
  • Katya Tal: Blanket Fairy

Editorial

  • Sam Bosma: Stability
  • Chris Buzelli: Book Monster
  • Sean Andrew Murray: He’s Gone Full-Bird
  • Victo Ngai: Best of the Best
  • Sam Weber: Cancer Monster

Institutional

  • Ed Binkley: A Cob of Chiseldon-Brimble
  • Lucas Graciano: Dragon Swarm
  • Tyler Jacobson: Ruric Thar, The Unbowed
  • Kekai Kotaki: Stampede
  • David Palumbo: Taken

Unpublished

  • Cory Godbey: The Fish Master
  • Lucas Graciano: Guardianship
  • Kekai Kotaki: Ride
  • Andrew Mar: Tell-Tale Heart
  • Tohru Patrick Awa: Sudden Shower

Spectrum Fantastic Art Awards

Quixotic Fusion at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!

The Spectrum 19 Awards in eight categories were announced May 19 in Kansas City during Spectrum Fantastic Art Live!, a convention focused on fantasy and science fiction art and associated with SPECTRUM books.

The winners in each category are:

Advertising:
Gold – Tyler Jacobson: Talon of Umberlee
Silver – Android Jones: Boom Festival

Book:
Gold – Edward Kinsella: Wooden Bones
Silver – Jean-Babtiste Monge: Ragnarok

Comics:
Gold – Alex Alice: Sigfried III
Silver – Jim Murray: DOTA 2: Tales from the Secret Shop

Concept Art:
Gold – Justin Sweet: Jack the Giant Killer
Silver – Daniel Dociu: Hangar

Dimensional:
Gold – Virginie Ropars: Jack
Silver – Thomas S. Kuebler: I am Providence

Editorial:
Gold – Jean-Baptiste Monge: Mic Mac Cormac
Silver – James Gurney: Kosmocertatops

Institutional:
Gold – Raoul Vitale: Turin and the Glaurung
Silver – Android Jones: Water Dragon 2012

Unpublished:
Gold – Michael Whelan: CK Unmasked
Silver – Justin Gerard: Portrait of a Monster #3

Grand Master:
James Gurney

Presenters included Spectrum founders Arnie and Cathy Fenner, Tor Books Art Director Irene Gallo, and artists Gregory Manchess, Greg Spalenka, Iain McCaig, Jarrod and Brandon Schiflett, Donato Giancola, and Michael Whelan.

Finalists in each category were projected onto a 30′ wide screen; the screen was also used to remember those in the artistic community who had passed away in the previous year and to review the recipients of the Grand Master Award.

Framing the festivities were performances by the nationally renowned Quixtotic Fusion dance company and by Phadroid aka digital creator Android and dancer Phaedra Jones. The awards show was produced by Lazarus Potter of the Lazarus Design Group in association with Quixotic Fusion and the Midland Theater. Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! was organized by Jim Fallone, Shena Wolf, Bunny Muchmore, Arlo Burnett, Lazarus Potter, and the Fenners.

All of the award winning work will be included in Spectrum 19: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art, which will be published by Underwood Books in November.

More coverage and photos at Rockville Music Magazine.

Update: 05/23/2012: Irene Gallo has granted permission for the use of her photos here. I apologize for not providing credit earlier. That happened because the photos attached to the press release were not attributed.

Arnie and Cathy Fenner

Michael Whelan

Greg Spalenka

Greg Manchess

Android Jones

Irene Gallo

James Gurney

Mike Mignola

Justin Sweet

Concept