Spectrum 23 Award Nominees

-By Arnie Fenner

Kristine and Colin Poole have sculpted, cast in bronze, and hand-finished the Spectrum 23 Gold, Silver, and Grand Master Awards.

John Fleskes has posted the list of artists selected for inclusion in the annual and announced the Spectrum 23 award finalists in eight categories as determined by a jury consisting of David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen, and Terryl Whitlatch (you can learn much more about each judge by hitting this link). While Spectrum Fantastic Art Live—which has included the awards ceremony for the past 4 years in Kansas City—is being revisioned for San Francisco in 2017, John and his Advisory Board wanted to continue the tradition of a Spring gathering to celebrate the accomplishments of our community. The historic Society of Illustrators in New York seemed like the perfect place to hold the ceremony and, thanks to Anelle Miller and her gracious staff at the SoI, the arrangements have been made for a gala evening May 7. The Grand Master Award will also be presented during the festivities. Because of limited seating it will be RSVP and I'll share details on how to attend (and who this year's award presenters will be) in the very near future.

Norman Rockwell's painting, "The Dover Coach," greets visitors to the bar at the Society of Illustrators

Having art make it through an arduous jury process and being selected for inclusion in Spectrum (or any number of other worthwhile annuals) is an accomplishment in itself; being considered for a Gold or Silver Award should always be considered a happy, if unexpected, surprise. I've said in the past that awards are not won, they're earned. On their own they don't make careers—that's up to each artist to achieve for themselves—but they can certainly help them. As can being nominated or to be accepted into an annual; the old comment of "it's an honor to be..." is often repeated simply because it's true. Dan dos Santos and Justin Gerard provided some perspective on competitions and awards awhile back that are valuable reads.

Receiving an award doesn't guarantee piles of cash or legions of clients or patrons; it doesn't make the day-to-day work any easier. Awards—and the ceremonies often wrapped around them—are symbols, not exactly of some kind of carved-in-stone success, but simply of respect both from and, ideally, for our community. Regardless of the outcome, the results are a positive for everyone: joining together to celebrate skill and imagination encourages each of us while the more attention we can attract for our field, for the creators and their work, the greater the opportunities for all.

But now, without further ado, this year's nominees for the Gold and Silver Spectrum Awards. Congratulations—and good luck!—to one and all!


Nico-Delort-BlessingOfAthena-A-Spectrum23-nominationNico Delort

The Blessing of Athena

Bartosz-Kosowski-Discworld-A-Spectrum23-nominationBartosz Kosowski


Colin-Poole-Vishnus-third-Avatar-A-Spectrum23-nominationColin Poole

Vishnu’s Third Avatar

Andrew-Thompson-Glitch-A-Spectrum23-nominationAndrew Thompson


Joseph-Qiu-24HRmoviemarathon-A-Spectrum23-nominationJoseph Qiu

24 Hour Movie Marathon


Chris_Ayers-Munchasaurus_Rex-B-Spectrum23-nominationChris Ayers

Munchasaurus Rex

RovinaCai_TomThom-Spectrum23-nominationRovina Cai

Tom, Thom

Donato-Giancola-Vesurius-B-Spectrum23-NominationDonato Giancola


karla-ortiz-sorcererofthewildeeps-B-Spectrum23-nominationKarla Ortiz

Sorcerer of the Wildeeps

Annie_Stegg-Gerard-RenardAndTheStrawberries-B-Spectrum23-nominationAnnie Stegg Gerard

Renard and the Strawberries


Daren-Bader-Tribes-of-Kai-pg41-C-Spectrum23-nominationDaren Bader

Tribes of Kai, page 41

Gael_Bertrand_cover_Island_Magazine-C-Spectrum23-nominationGael Bertrand

Island #4 cover

Tyler-Crook-HarrowCounty1Cover-C-Spectrum23-nominationTyler Crook

Harrow County #1 cover

Nic-Klein-DRIFTER-7-C-Spectrum23-nominationNic Klein


Paolo-Rivera-Hellboy1953-C-Spectrum23-nominationPaolo Rivera

Hellboy 1953


Mirko-Failoni-The-Mushroom-Forest-CA-Spectrum23-nominationMirko Failoni

The Mushroom Forest

Te-Hu-Journey_to_west-CA-Spectrum23-nominationTe Hu

Journey to West

Vance Kovacs

King Louie’s Court

(Actual Artwork by Vance Kovacs will be posted on April 15th, after the release of the new Jungle Book film.)

Seth-Rutledge-Window-View-CA-Spectrum23-nominationSeth Rutledge

Window View

Dejian-Wu-leewiartDragon Island-CA-Spectrum23-nominationDejian Wu

Dragon Island



Death Wings

Thomas-Kuebler-Adelpha-and-Her-Sister-D-Spectrum23-nominationThomas Kuebler

Adelpha and Her Sister

Patrick-MASSON-Blind_Death-D-Spectrum23-nominationPatrick Masson

The Blind Death

forest-rogers-morrigan-D-Spectrum23-nominationForest Rogers

The Morrigan

Dug-Stanat-MeetingMasterJones-1-D-Spectrum23-nominationDug Stanat

Meeting Master Jones


Donato-Giancola-Empathy-E--Spectrum23-nominationDonato Giancola


Tran_Nguyen_TravelingToaDistantDay-E-Spectrum23-nominationTran Nguyen

Traveling To a Distant Day

greg-ruth-Finnegans-Field-E-Spectrum23-nominationGreg Ruth

Finnegan’s Field

ChrisSeaman_FamilyPortraithausen-E-Spectrum23-nominationChris Seaman

Family Portraithausen: A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen

sam-weber-the_language_of_knives-E-Spectrum23-nominationSam Weber

The Language of Knives


Julie-Bell-Behind-The-Veil-I-Spectrum23-nominationJulie Bell

Behind the Veil

Wesley-Burt-NaturalConnection-I-Spectrum23-nominationWesley Burt

Natural Connection

bill-carman-medievalbatman-I-Spectrum23-nominationBill Carman

Medieval Batman

Te-Hu-offering-I-Spectrum23-nominationTe Hu


Tyler-Jacobson-Exalted-Angel-I-Spectrum23-nominationTyler Jacobson

Exalted Angel


Dragan-Bibin-Pull-U-Spectrum23-nominationDragan Bibin


Jaemin-Kim-king-under-the-mountain-U-Spectrum23-nominationJaemin Kim

King Under the Mountain

Greg-Opalinski-Initiate-U-Spectrum23-nominationGreg Opalinski


Rob-Rey-Bioluminescence-U-Spectrum23-nominationRob Rey


Wayne-Haag-Dust_Devil-U-Spectrum23-nominationWayne Haag

Dust Devil

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