Spectrum 22 Award Winners Announced!

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!

Wylie Beckert's Colder Wind. Wylie is the recipient of the Spectrum 2015 Rising Star Award.
Wylie Beckert’s Colder Wind. Wylie is the recipient of the Spectrum 2015 Rising Star Award.

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.

Scott Gustafson -- Spectrum 2015 Grand Master
Scott Gustafson — Spectrum 2015 Grand Master

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.


Yuko Shimizu -- Tokyo Night Show
Silver Award: Yuko Shimizu — Tokyo Night Show
Taylor Wessling -- Barbarians: Faust
Gold Award: Taylor Wessling — Barbarians: Faust


  • Nominated: Johnny Dombrowski — Murder on the Orient Express
  • Nominated: Edward Kinsella III — Vernacchio
  • Nominated: Victo Ngai — The Cloisters



Scott Gustafson -- Jack and the Sleeping Giant
Silver Award: Scott Gustafson — Jack and the Sleeping Giant
Dan dos Santos -- Taking Flight
Gold Award: Dan dos Santos — Taking Flight


  • Nominated: Jeffrey Alan Love — Radiant State
  • Nominated: Petar Meseldzija — The Giants are Coming
  • Nominated: Sam Weber — cover for Dune by Frank Herbert



Alex Alice -- Castle in the Stars
Silver Award: Alex Alice — Castle in the Stars
Audrey Benjaminsen -- Bernadette, page 1
Gold Award: Audrey Benjaminsen — Bernadette, page 1


  • Nominated: Tula Lotay — Rebels
  • Nominated: David Palumbo — The Beast
  • Nominated: James Turner — Rebel Angels


Concept Art

Audrey Benjaminsen -- Fairy 3
Silver Award: Audrey Benjaminsen — Fairy 3
Sung Choi -- The Parade
Gold Award: Sung Choi — The Parade


  • Nominated: Te Hu — Wonders: Gate of Luxor
  • Nominated: Kellan Jett — Meeting
  • Nominated: Allen Williams — The Good Dog



David Silva -- Dragon vs. Raptors
Silver Award: David Silva — Dragon vs. Raptors
Forest Rogers -- Venetian Harpy
Gold Award: Forest Rogers — Venetian Harpy


  • 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



Sam Bosma -- Critical Education
Silver Award: Sam Bosma — Critical Education
Tran Nguyen -- A Distressed Damsel
Gold Award: Tran Nguyen — A Distressed Damsel


  • Nominated: Jensine Eckwall — This Circle: Walking Into The Wind
  • Nominated: Edward Kinsella III — Gland Monster
  • Nominated: Victo Ngai — Cocoon



Laurie Brom -- Bad Seed
Silver Award: Laurie Brom — Bad Seed
Rovina Cai -- Fake It
Gold Award: Rovina Cai — Fake It
  • Nominated: Ed Binkley — Rikshaw Pass
  • Nominated: Jeffrey Alan Love — Skyrim
  • Nominated: Jessica Shirley — The Child Sleeps



Paul Bonner -- Beowulf: Mother
Silver Award: Paul Bonner — Beowulf: Mother
Cynthia Sheppard -- Momentum
Gold Award: Cynthia Sheppard — Momentum


  • 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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