The Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony was held in conjunction with the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, May 23, 2015. Congratulations to all of the gold and silver award winners and to the Rising Star and Grand Master Award recipients!
Rising Star Award — Wylie Beckert
Spectrum Fantastic Art is proud to announce the recipient of the inaugural Rising Star Award to the Spectrum 22 Awards Ceremony. This award recognizes and acknowledges an emerging artist who demonstrates exceptional abilities and dedication in the fantastic art arena.
Grand Master Award — Scott Gustafson
Over the nearly thirty-five years that span Scott Gustafson’s career, he has had the opportunity to fulfill commissions for a number of varied clients and publishers such as Celestial Seasonings, Playboy magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, The Bradford Exchange, Dreamworks and The Greenwich Workshop.
Some of Scott’s illustrated books include The Night Before Christmas, Peter Pan, Nutcracker, as well as two original titles, Animal Orchestra and Alphabet Soup. His book of Classic Fairy Tales, released in the fall of 2003 by The Greenwich Workshop Press, was awarded a Chesley award for best interior book illustrations from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
Scott is among only two artists who have appeared in all twenty-two volumes of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art.
The Grand Master Award is decided upon by the Spectrum Fantastic Art Advisory Board each year. To be considered, an artist must (1) have a career spanning at least twenty years, (2) have achieved a level of excellence in their work that they’ve maintained throughout the course of their career, (3) have inspired other artists with their attitudes and accomplishments, and (4) still be living.
- Nominated: Johnny Dombrowski — Murder on the Orient Express
- Nominated: Edward Kinsella III — Vernacchio
- Nominated: Victo Ngai — The Cloisters
- Nominated: Jeffrey Alan Love — Radiant State
- Nominated: Petar Meseldzija — The Giants are Coming
- Nominated: Sam Weber — cover for Dune by Frank Herbert
- Nominated: Tula Lotay — Rebels
- Nominated: David Palumbo — The Beast
- Nominated: James Turner — Rebel Angels
- Nominated: Te Hu — Wonders: Gate of Luxor
- Nominated: Kellan Jett — Meeting
- Nominated: Allen Williams — The Good Dog
- Nominated: Dan Chudzinski — The Mudpuppy
- Nominated: Mark Newman — Gallevarbe: Death’s Siren
- Nominated: Dug Stanat — A Bird From His Brim Will Guide Your Last Breath
- Nominated: Jensine Eckwall — This Circle: Walking Into The Wind
- Nominated: Edward Kinsella III — Gland Monster
- Nominated: Victo Ngai — Cocoon
- Nominated: Ed Binkley — Rikshaw Pass
- Nominated: Jeffrey Alan Love — Skyrim
- Nominated: Jessica Shirley — The Child Sleeps
- Nominated: Donato Giancola — Descent from Caradhras
- Nominated: Rebecca Leveille Guay — Time and Chance
- Nominated: Omar Rayyan — A Night at the Races
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