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The Spectrum 23 Call for Entries is now closed.

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Meet the Judges

Learn about the five member jury team who will select the Gold and Silver awards and artwork for inclusion in Spectrum 23.

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Latest News

Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony!

The awards ceremony for the 23rd annual Spectrum competition will be held in the historic Society of Illustrators building in NYC. Gold & Silver Awards will be presented in 8 categories; the Spectrum Rising Star Award recipient will be announced as will the 2016 Grand Master honoree. A complimentary small plates buffet will be available along with a cash bar. Seating will be limited. Tickets are FREE but seating is VERY limited and a ticket will be required to have a chair during the ceremony. Standing room and overflow in the Society's bar will be available to those without a ticket.

Reserve your ticket here.

Spectrum Rising Star Award Nominees Announced!

J.A.W. Cooper, Yoann Lossel and Victor Maury have been selected by Colin and Kristine Poole as the Rising Star nominees for 2016. The Spectrum Rising Star Award will be presented on May 7th at the Spectrum Awards Ceremony held at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

This award will recognize and acknowledge one of these three emerging artists. Each demonstrates exceptional abilities and a dedication in the fantastic art arena. The recipient will be presented with the award by the Poole's at the gala on May 7th.

To learn about the history behind the Rising Star Award, follow this link.

Spectrum 23 Artist List!

The complete list of artist names selected for inclusion into the twenty-third volume of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is now available. The five member jury selected nearly 500 works by 282 artists that will make up Spectrum 23. These creators that work in every style and medium--both traditional and digital--represent the finest in the fantasy, horror, science fiction and the surreal genres from around the world. You will find top industry names who serve as the current definition of excellence and discover the rising stars who are being published for the first time. Please click here to view the list.

Individual emails to those artists accepted will begin to go out this week. Full details regarding the next steps will be provided.

From everyone here at the Spectrum and Flesk offices, we would like to thank all of the artists who submitted to Spectrum 23. We couldn't do what we do without your support. This includes putting out the Spectrum annual each year, organizing and running the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event, putting on the Spectrum Awards Ceremony where we hand out the Spectrum Muse bronze awards that are designed and hand crafted by Colin and Kristine Poole, and making the artist feature videos that we post online. You have our most sincere gratitude.

The Spectrum 23 Award Nominations List!

The Spectrum 23 jury has nominated the top five artist works in each of the eight categories for a silver and gold award. David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch discussed the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, California.

The winners will be announced at the Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony held at the Society of Illustrators on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Congratulations to all of the artists who have been considered! The full list with artwork can be viewed here.

Latest Video

The Spectrum 23 judging event was held at the Flesk Publications offices on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California. Watch highlights as the five member jury--comprising of David Palumbo, Cynthia Sheppard, Kirk Thatcher, Charlie Wen and Terryl Whitlatch--reviewed the Spectrum entries during the daylong event.

Kirk Thatcher interviewed by John Fleskes during the Spectrum 23 judging event on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California.

Cynthia Sheppard interviewed by John Fleskes during the Spectrum 23 judging event on February 27, 2016 in Santa Cruz, California.

Alex Sheikman drawing demonstration. Alex has done the art for the three book Dark Crystal series published by Boom.

Iain McCaig sketches in a Flesk blank sketchbook at the Flesk booth during Comic-Con International in San Diego. The sketchbook/journal features a durable and flexible protective cover with a wraparound illustration by Iain McCaig. Available now at the Flesk website.

Alex Sheikman opens his portfolio to share and discuss his latest originals.

The Art of The Dam Keeper book preview and interview with film directors Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. Available as a hardcover edition from Flesk Publications.

Spectrum director John Fleskes hosts the Spectrum panel during Spectrum Fantastic Art Live held in Kansas City, MO on May 23, 2015. Colin and Kristine Poole discuss the creation of the new Spectrum Muse awards for the Spectrum Awards ceremony; Annie Stegg Gerard and Justin Gerard talk about their time as part of the jury for Spectrum 22; Iain McCaig and Brom share insights into being on the Spectrum Advisory Board; and John Fleskes discusses the Spectrum annual.