2015 Chesley Awards

Just for the record… The Chesley Awards were given in a ceremony held at Sasquan.

Best Cover Illustration / Hardcover

  • Julie Dillon, Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology edited by Brandon Sanderson; Dragonsteel Entertainment, June 2014

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback

  • Raoul Vitale, Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 edited by Kij Johnson; Prometheus/Pyr

Best Cover Illustration – Magazine

  • Julie Dillon Analog April 2014

Best Interior Illustration

  • Anna Balbusso and Elena Balbusso, “Ekaterina and the Firebird” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe; Tor.com, January 2014

Best Gaming Related Illustration

  • Peter Mohrbacher, Pharika, God of Affliction Magic card, Journey into Nyx; WotC, May 2014

Best Product Illustration

  • Donato Giancola, George R.R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar Bantam, 2014

Best Color Work – Unpublished

  • Michael C. Hayes, Alegretto oils

Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished

  • Allen Williams, “Sphynx” graphite

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Dan Chudzinski, The Mudpuppy, resin & mixed media

Best Art Director

  • Irene Gallo, Tor & Tor.com

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

  • John Harris

 

2015 Chesley Award Shortlist

The complete list of 2015 Chesley Award Finalists has been posted by John Picacio. (The official ASFA page requires membership to access.)

Best Cover Illustration / Hardcover

  • Julie Dillon, Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology edited by Brandon Sanderson; Dragonsteel Entertainment, June 2014
  • Jon Foster, Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi; Subterranean Press, 2014
  • Todd Lockwood, The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan; Tor, March 2014
  • John Picacio, Endymion by Dan Simmons; Limited Edition, Subterranean Press, December 2014
  • Michael Whelan, Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson; Tor, March 2014

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback

  • John Harris, Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie; Orbit October 2014
  • Jon Sullivan, The Return of the Discounted Man by Mark Hodder; Pyr, July 2014
  • Raymond Swanland, The Lady by K.V. Johansen; Pyr, December 2014
  • Danielle Tunstall, Unseaming by Mike Allen; Antimatter Press, October 2014
  • Raoul Vitale, Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 edited by Kij Johnson; Prometheus/Pyr

Best Cover Illustration – Magazine

  • Julie Dillon Analog April 2014
  • Matt Dixon, Clarkesworld #90 March 2014
  • Wayne Haag, Interzone #253 July/August 2014
  • Patrick Jones, Analog March 2014
  • Jae Lee, Batman/Superman #14 DC Comics October 2014
  • Peter Mohrbacher, Lightspeed #48 May 2014
  • Dan Dos Santos, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 Dark Horse, March 2014

Best Interior Illustration

  • Anna Balbusso and Elena Balbusso, “Ekaterina and the Firebird” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe; Tor.com, January 2014
  • Galen Dara, “A City of Its Tentacles” by Rose Lemberg; Lackinton’s #1 February 2014
  • Julie Dillon, Imagined Realms: Book 1 July/August; Kickstarter December 2014
  • Scott Gustafson, Classic Bedtime Stories; Artisan, September 2014
  • Karla Ortiz, “The Walking Stick Forest” by Anna Tambour; Tor.com May 2014
  • John Picacio, Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza; Tor.com October 2014

Best Gaming Related Illustration

  • Noah Bradley, Drown in Sorrow Magic card, Born of the Gods; WotC, Feb. 2014
  • Eric Deschamps, Ephara, God of Polis Magic card, Born of the Gods; WotC, Feb. 2014
  • Michael Komarck, D&D The Rise of Tiamat; WotC, Oct. 2014
  • Peter Mohrbacher, Pharika, God of Affliction Magic card, Journey into Nyx; WotC, May 2014
  • Karla Ortiz, Ghoulcaller Gisa Magic card, Commander 2014; WotC, Nov. 2014
  • Chris Rahn, Ajani the Steadfast Magic card, 2015 Core Set; WotC, July 2014

Best Product Illustration

  • Frank Cho & Brandon Peterson, Fast Food New York ComicCon 2014 art print
  • Donato Giancola, George R.R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar Bantam, 2014
  • Patrick Jones, Conan The Conquered Illuxcon promotional art
  • John Picacio, La Calavera Loteria card Lone Boy
  • Raymond Swanland, One with the Light Limited Edition Giclee on canvas Acme Archives 2014

Best Color Work – Unpublished

  • Linda Adair, Dragonsbride oil
  • Michael C. Hayes, Alegretto oils
  • Reiko Murakami, Giving Name Photoshop
  • Mark Poole, Omens oils
  • Dorian Vallejo, Crossing oil on canvas
  • Annie Stegg Gerard, The Lady of Lorien oil on linen

Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished

  • Kristina Carroll, “Dragonslayer” charcoal
  • Sean Murray, “Gateway: The Storkfriars” graphite
  • John Picacio, El Venado, graphite
  • Olivier Villoingt, “The Soul of War” graphite & acrylic
  • Allen Williams, “Sphynx” graphite
  • Rebecca Yanovskaya, “Wisdom” ink & mixed media

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Dan Chudzinski, The Mudpuppy, resin & mixed media
  • David Meng, Sun Wukong, the Monkey King
  • Michael Parkes, Meditation, bronze
  • Forest Rogers, A Fish from Versailles, Kato polyclay
  • Virginie Ropars, Morrigan, polymer clay & mixed media
  • Vincent Villafranca, Modernity’s Squeaky Child, bronze & steel

Best Art Director

  • Lou Anders, Pyr
  • Shelly Bond, DC/Vertigo Comics
  • Irene Gallo, Tor & Tor.com
  • Jeremy Jarvis, Wizards of the Coast
  • Lauren Panepinto, Orbit Books

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

  • Kinuko Craft
  • John Harris
  • Gregory Manchess
  • Iain McCaig

The awards ceremony will be held at Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, on August 19-23.

ASFA members have until June 30 at 11:45 p.m. (Eastern) to submit a final ballot. According to Picacio, “If you’re not currently an ASFA member, join! It only costs a measly $35 and you gain full voting privileges.”

 

2014 Chesley Award Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jim Burns

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Jim Burns

The 2014 Chesley Awards were presented by the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA) at Loncon 3 on August 15.

Best Cover (Hardback): Todd Lockwood for A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

Best Cover (Paperback): Kerem Beyit for The Scroll of Years by Chris Willrich

Best Cover (Magazine): Dan Dos Santos for Fables #136

Best Interior Illustration: Brian Kessinger for “Walking Your Octopus”

Best Three Dimensional Art: Devin Dorrity for “Cecaelia, Queen of the Ocean,” clay

Best Color Unpublished: Donato Giancola for Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin, oil on linen

Best Monochrome Unpublished: Ruth Sanderson for “The Descent of Persephone,” scratchboard

Best Gaming Related Illustration: Lucas Graciano for “The Last Stand of Thorin Oakenshield,” The Battle of Five Armies Board Game, Ares Games

Best Product Illustration: Julie Bell/Boris Vallejo for “Jeannie’s Kitten,” IlluXCon 6 promotional art

Best Art Director: Irene Gallo, Tor and Tor.com

Lifetime Achievement: Jim Burns

2013 Chesley Award Winners

The winners of the 2013 Chesley Awards given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists were announced at LoneStarCon 3 on August 30.

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book
John Picacio The Creative Fire by Brenda Cooper; Pyr, November 2012

Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book
Todd Lockwood The Wild Road by Jennifer Roberson; DAW, September 2012

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine
Ken Barthelmey Clarkesworld #74 November 2012

Best Interior Illustration
Sam Burley “Brother. Prince. Snake.” by Cecil Castellucci; Tor.com, July 2012

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished
Raoul Vitale Last of His Kind, pencil

Best Color Work: Unpublished
Julie Bell A Passion for the Future, oil

Best Three-Dimensional Art
James Shoop Ramataur, bronze

Best Gaming-Related Illustration
David Palumbo Ereshkigal, Death Mistress (“Legend of the Cryptids”); Applibot Inc., April, 2012

Best Product Illustration
John Picacio La Sirena; Loteria card, 2012

Best Art Director
Irene Gallo – Tor

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Gerald Brom

Chicon 7 Art Focus

Science fiction and fantasy art is celebrated by every Worldcon. When Chicon 7 starts three weeks from today, the convention, with the support of ASFA, The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, will offer members the chance to view elaborate exhibits, acquire sf and fantasy works at a large Art Show, and enjoy a special commemorative art publication.

The Art Show in the Hyatt’s Regency Ballroom will feature over 100 artists. There, members also will be able to buy copies of The Artist Showcase, a limited edition, 56-page, full-color commemorative publication with biographies and selected works from the exhibiting artists. (Cost, $10.)

There will be a special exhibit from Guest of Honor Jane Frank – a re-creation of the Haggard Room from her home — and the presentation of the Chesley Awards. The Chesley Awards recognize individual artistic works and achievements in 11 categories, including cover illustration in hardcover, paperback, and magazine formats, interior illustration, unpublished color and monochrome work, three-dimensional art, product and gaming-related illustration, art direction, and overall artistic achievement.

Chicon 7 has already posted a free online gallery of exhibiting artists to pique your interest.

The full press release follows the jump.

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Art Focus at 2011 Worldcon

Art @ Renovation is a series of thematic events and opportunities to interact with top sf artists at this year’s Worldcon in Reno. Among the highlights are:

  • Art Night, a visual arts festival throughout the evening of Thursday, August 18. Art Night will kick off with the Chesley Awards, given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA), recognizing individual artistic works and achievements in science fiction and fantasy, and continue with panels, games, workshops, and demonstrations, along with highlights of the Renovation Film Festival.
  • An Illustration Masterclass led by Chesley and Gaughan Award winner Richard Hescox.
  • Portfolio review opportunities with Guest of Honor Boris Vallejo and leading industry Art Directors including Jon Schindehette, Lou Anders and David Palumbo.
  • A substantial Art Show featuring original artwork and prints from over 80 artists. The Art Show is supported by an online Artist Showcase. There also will be a printed commemorative publication available for purchase at the con.
  • A special exhibit and programming featuring the work of Artist Guest of Honor Boris Vallejo, as well as his wife and partner, Julie Bell, and her sons, fellow artists David and Anthony Palumbo.

The full press release follows the jump.

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Frank Kelly Freas (1922-2005)

Science fiction’s most beloved pro artist, the versatile Kelly Freas, passed in his sleep before dawn on January 2, 2005. The cause of death was not announced, but his health had been failing for some time. He will be buried in Chatsworth, CA. There will be a public memorial service in a week or two. (It may be hosted at the LASFS and, if so, the place is already decorated with a complete collection of his pro-space-exploration posters that also hang in the Smithsonian.)

Frank Kelly Freas was born in Hornell, NY in 1922. His first professional publication was the cover for Weird Tales, November 1950. His varied career included painting WWII bomber nose art, doing MAD Magazine covers from 1955-1962, designing the Skylab 1 crew patch, being the cover artist for a Queen album, and doing infinite covers and illustrations for sf prozines. He was President of ASFA, 1982-1983.

He also did caricatures of everyone from Alfred E. Newman to John John W. Campbell, and countless convention fans. A very fannish pro, Freas was a longtime Dorsai Irregular and a member of First Fandom. Having been one of the GoH’s at the 1982 Worldcon (Chicon IV), the Chicago in 2000 bid made him the subject of one its collectible trading cards. He was also a Torcon 3 guest of honor (2003) but was unable to attend due to injuries sustained in a fall a few weeks before the con.

His 10 Best Professional Artist Hugos set a record for most Hugos won for professional work that stood til 1991, when Whelan won his 11th. Freas won his last 5 Hugos consecutively, 1972-1976. He was nominated a total of 24 times. Also, in 2001 he also won a Retro Hugo for his work in 1950.

Freas was one of the most gentlemanly individuals in the sf community. He will be profoundly missed.