John Harris, who was added as DisCon III’s Artist GoH in May 2020, will not be attending the convention in person due to its change in date from August to December. His artwork will be on display at the convention.
Alison Eldred, Artists’ Agent for Harris, shared the following statement.
John was delighted when he was asked to be the professional artist Guest of Honour at DisCon III, this year’s Worldcon in Washington DC. All credit to the organisers who have now restaged this for December this year – and this will be on their programme cover.
It’s unfortunate that he isn’t able to be there in person, but we have many plans to send work, to illustrate the programme, and to introduce his paintings, sketches and short films to people who don’t already know them.
“While we are sad that John Harris will be unable to join us in Washington, DC in person, we are beyond excited to have his extraordinary talent showcased on the cover of our program,” said Mary Robinette Kowal, Chair of DisCon III. “The way John makes pastels dance is just a delight. There’s such depth and nuance in his relationship with light and form.”
“All Worldcon Art shows are a one-time unique gallery, and while disappointed that John cannot join us in person, we are thrilled to display his art for all the fans to see,” said Randall Shepherd, Exhibits Division Head of DisCon III.
For more than 40 years, John Harris has created book covers for many of the most iconic authors in SF, such as Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Frederik Pohl, and Orson Scott Card. His work is collected internationally, and a piece commissioned by NASA hangs in the Kennedy Space Center and is part of the Smithsonian Collection. In 2015, he won the Chesley Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
He was also nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist in 2014.
Three films about him have recently been completed and can be viewed online. The latest book about his work, Beyond the Horizon, is currently in its second edition.
DisCon III will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, on December 15-19, 2021.
[Based on a press release.]