Spectrum 28 Delayed

Announcement from Cathy & Arnie Fenner

Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art #27 has just been released by Flesk Publications and this is traditionally the time of year when the Call For Entries for Spectrum 28 would normally open for submissions.

But as we all know, 2020 has not been a normal year for anyone…and we’re not out of it yet. As announced previously, after seven great years as editor and publisher John Fleskes decided to step away from Spectrum to pursue other projects and interests; as we began work on transitioning the competition and book back to our leadership, the pandemic simultaneously began to spread around the globe. Needless to say, since March of 2020 COVID-19 has taken a toll on everyone emotionally—particularly to those that have lost family or friends to the virus—thrown a monkey wrench into logistics and planning, shuttered businesses, cost millions of jobs, and had an enormously negative financial impact on the world. And that of course all translates to a negative impact on the publishing and entertainment industries, on the arts community, on the readers and fans—on literally everyone who make Spectrum possible. Factor in social, civil, and political upheavals and it’s safe to say that everybody has struggled or been hurt or in some way experienced unhappiness in 2020 and it would be tone-deaf for us to pretend otherwise.

With all that in mind, we believe the responsible thing for us to do is to delay opening Spectrum 28 for submissions until after the first of the year. A revised website is in the works as well as updates to the social media platforms. Though we know everyone has come to expect the Call For Entries to roll around at the same time each year like clockwork, we’ve actually been talking with our Advisory Board for some weeks about changing the dates (among other things) as a way to better serve the arts community going forward: there will be more announcements forthcoming, including our Call For Entries poster artist and jury.

Naturally Spectrum 27 and all the previous in-print volumes will continue to be available from Flesk Publications and to the book trade via Publishers Group West.

But in the mean time, if you read Tweets or see social media reports or hear rumors to the contrary, please help us set everyone straight: Spectrum’s not going away. Spectrum 28 will happen. And it’s going to be more vibrant and as exciting than ever. To paraphrase Mark Twain, any reports of Spectrum’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Watch for the announcement and we’ll hope to see everyone’s work when Spectrum 28 opens for entries. If you have any questions or concerns, ask us: we’re not going anywhere.

Trust us.

Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner
Directors/Spectrum Fantastic Art LLC

Spectrum 27 is Now Available!

Hi, all,

We are proud to announce that Spectrum 27: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art arrived at the Flesk warehouse!

They have shipped all of the artist complimentary copies along with the pre-orders received direct on the Flesk website.

The bulk copies are on route to our distributor who will be stocking up our favorite comic and book stores soon.

We hope you enjoy the book!

You can order Spectrum 27 direct from the Flesk online store and get it at a special price:
https://www.fleskpublications.com/spectrum-books

The Spectrum 27 cover is by Tommy Arnold.

Spectrum 27 Awards Recipients! Congratulations to all!

For 27 years Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has been celebrating imaginative works by creators from around the world.

The Spectrum Awards Ceremony was held live online on Saturday night, April 4, 2019.

The celebration included the presentation of the Gold and Silver Awards for exemplary art from the previous year in eight categories: Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional, and Unpublished.

The ceremony was held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 450 people from all over the world connected to bring the community closer than ever. Recipients from Australia, Canada, China, Japan, and in Europe were able to participate. For the first time all of the recipients were able to provide winning speeches.

The ceremony introduction was by Spectrum founders and directors, Arnie and Cathy Fenner. Lauren Panepinto and Dan dos Santos served as the hosts during the ceremony. Between Lauren, Dan, along with Marc Scheff who ran tech support, the three of them made it possible to bring the awards ceremony live.

The in memoriam introduction was presented by John English. He gave a touching tribute about his father, Mark English, and spoke about how each artist who passed away in 2019 served as mentors and changed people’s lives for the better.

Presenters included such luminaries of the art community as Ed Binkley (Unpublished category), Dan dos Santos (Advertising category), Christine Foltzer (Book category), Karla Ortiz (Concept Art category), George Pratt (Comic category), Cynthia Sheppard (Institutional category), Yuko Shimizu (Editorial category), and Chris Sickles/Red Nose Studios (Dimensional category).

The five finalists and award-recipients in each category were selected by the jury consisting of Alice Carter, Craig Elliott, Anthony Francisco, Courtney Granner, Forest Rogers, and Chie Yoshii from over 4000 artworks submitted to the twenty-seventh annual competition.

Also presented at the ceremony was the Muse award, created and presented by sculptors Colin and Kristine Poole and intended to encourage a young artist. This year’s Muse award recipient was Alex Dos Diaz. Muse award finalists included Alex Dos Diaz, Irina Nordsol Kuzmina, and Erin Vest. The Spectrum Grand Master Award was presented by Iain McCaig which honors the career accomplishments of a living artist. This year’s Grand Master recipient was Terryl Whitlatach.

Time lapse art demos were featured in-between each category by Rovina Cai, Donato, Scott Fischer, Justin Gerard, Ron Lemon, Travis Lewis, Rebecca Leveille-Guay, Iain McCaig, Allen Williams, and James Zapata.

The Spectrum 27 awards were designed and made by J. Anthony Kosar and his team at Kosart Effects Studio.

The award-winning art will appear with over 300 other pieces selected by the judges in the Spectrum 27 book, which will be published by Flesk Publications in November 2020.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and to the recipients!

The Spectrum 27 Awards Ceremony was sponsored by Drawn and Drafted, Flesk Publications, Muddy Colors, and Spectrum Fantastic Art.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for an unforgettable evening.  

Spectrum 27 Awards Recipients

2017 GRAND MASTER HONOREE
Terryl Whitlatch

RISING STAR AWARD
Alex Dos Diaz

ADVERTISING CATEGORY

GOLD
Bartosz Kosowski – The Shining

SILVER
Brom – Lilith

BOOK CATEGORY

GOLD
Rovina Cai – Ivywood

SILVER
Sija Hong – The Three Lords of Shambhala

COMIC CATEGORY

GOLD
Tim Probert – Lightfall 1: Walk in the Woods

SILVER
Claudya Schmidt – Myre: Flora

CONCEPT ART CATEGORY

GOLD
Tooth Wu – Devourer of Ghosts

SILVER
Ian Jun Wei Chiew – Island Woodblock

DIMENSIONAL CATEGORY

GOLD
Dug Stanat – Space Madness

SILVER
Michihiro Matsuoka – Philosopher From The Past Coelacanth

EDITORIAL CATEGORY

GOLD
Red Nose Studio – Truth, Lies & Uncertainty: Truth

SILVER
Sam Araya – The Forest Yell

INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY

GOLD
John Jude Palencar – The Stranger: The Seventh Faith

SILVER
Iain McCaig – Claim the Firstborn

UNPUBLISHED CATEGORY

GOLD
Diego Fernandez – 492

SILVER
Daniel Zrom – The Spoon Thief

Congratulations to all of the awards winners!

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Spectrum 27 Awards Ceremony!

You’re Invited to the Spectrum 27 Awards Ceremony!

Live online this Saturday, April 4th at 8pm. Please join us in toasting our community and the Fantastic Arts. It’s absolutely free and it will absolutely be fun.

To watch online:
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For more about the upcoming awards ceremony:
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Spectrum 27 Artist List!

Spectrum 27 Call for Entries poster by Paul Sullivan

The complete list of artist names selected for inclusion into the twenty-seventh volume of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is now available!

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.

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 27. 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 awards, and making the artist feature videos that we post online. You have our most sincere gratitude. Thank you!

Spectrum 27 will be available from Flesk Publications in the fall of 2020 at your favorite comic and book store.

A

Mattias Adolfsson
Alex Alice
Marie Alice
Sam Araya
Steve Argyle
Tommy Arnold

B

Daren Bader
Anna and Elena Balbusso
Wylie Beckert
Ed Binkley
Steven Russell Black
Michael Blank
Paul Bonner
Zoltan Boros
Bruce Brenneise
Brom
Laurie Brom
Alan Brown
Thomas Buchanan
Dmitry Burmak
Wesley Burt
Chris Buzelli

C

DJ Cacouault
Rovina Cai
James Cain
Thomas Campi
Bill Carman
Milivoj Ceran
Lynn Chen
Zhiying Chen
Ian Jun Wei Chiew
Frank Cho
Heonhwa Choe
Yongjae Choi
Jehan Choo
Waiji Choo
Dan Chudzinski
Hilary Clarcq
J.A.W. Cooper

D

Daarken
Jessica Dalva
Galen Dara
Bastien Lecouffe Deharme
Julien Delval
Jie Deng
Eric Deschamps
Peter de Seve
Laura Diehl
Daxue Ding
Anna Dittmann
Daniel Dociu
Terry Dodson
Hope Doe
Dan dos Santos
Allen Douglas
Adam S. Doyle
Chris Dunn

E

Jesper Ejsing
Micah Epstein

F

Diego Fernandez
Thomas Fluharty
Owen Freeman

G

Shaun Gentry
Justin Gerard
Annie Stegg Gerard
Donato Giancola
Gary Gianni
Cory Godbey
Nicholas Gregory
Chuck Grieb
Oleg Gritsak
James Gurney
Scott Gustafson
Breanna Guthrie
Arturo Gutierrez

H

Brian Haberlin
Leesha Hannigan
Wang Hao
Alex Herrerias
Ben Hill
Sija Hong
Alex Horley
John Howe
Te Hu
Steven Hughes
Risa Hulett
Robert Hunt

I

Alina Ivanchenko

J

Tyler Jacobson
He Jie (Mona)
Romain Jouandeau

K

Jim and Ruth Keegan
Edward Kinsella
Tatsuro Kiuchi
Ki Kline
Bartosz Kosowski
Sebastian Kowoll
Maxim Kozhevnikov
Thomas Kuebler
Tami Kuo

L

Mathieu Lauffray
Elizabeth Leggett
Vanessa Lemen
Shuxing Li
Yangtian Li
Kan Liu
Jonah Lobe
John Loren
Travis Louie
Ashly Lovett
Howard Lyon

M

Felipe Machado
Greg Manchess
Finnian MacManus
Michael MacRae
Michael Manomivibul
Patrick Masson
Michihiro Matsuoka
Ben Mauro
Iain McCaig
Chris McGrath
Seb McKinnon
Tara McPherson
Miranda Meeks
Petar Meseldzija
Brynn Metheney
Brett Mich
Aaron Miller
Mike Miller
Christel Morvan
Jason Mowry
Reiko Murakami
Sean Murray

N

John Nadeau
Mark A. Nelson
Daniel Newman
Cliff Nielsen
Tran Nguyen

O

Tim O’Brien
Michael Avon Oeming
James Ortega
Pernille Orum

P

John Jude Palencar
David Palumbo
Dustin Panzino
Andy Park
Amirah Patel
Angi Pauly
Liam Peters
John Picacio
Lucas Pina
Alessandra Pisano
Colin Poole
Kristine Poole
Marc Potts
April Prime
Tim Probert
Vincent Proce
Magdalena Proszowska

Q

Wu Qinghao
Queen Studios

R

Andrea Radeck
Chris Rahn
Henrique Rainha
Omar Rayyan
Red Nose Studio
Rob Rey
Wayne Reynolds
Tooba Rezaei
Olena Richards
Paolo Rivera
Virginie Ropars
Feifei Ruan
Steve Rude
Greg Ruth
Grzegorz Rutkowski
James Ryman
Entei Ryu

S

Karl Deen Sanders
Leonardo Santamaria
Mauro Santini
Axel Sauerwald
Steven Saunders
Chris Seaman
Arantza Sestayo
Claudya Schmidt
Cynthia Sheppard
Allen Song
Baiheng Song
Dug Stanat
Chase Stone
William Stout
Yuko Shimizu

T

Shaun Tan
John Tedrick
Thom Tenery
Agnieszka Trojanowska

V

Olivier Villoingt
Thomas von Kummant
Timothy Von Rueden
Johannes Voss

W

Sam Weber
Jan Wessbecher
Sam White
Allen Williams
Erica Williams
Jeremy Wilson
Bayard Wu
Esther Wu

Y
Lixin Yin
Leif Yu

Z

Amir Zand
James Zaraam
Enzhe Zhao
Fan Zhang
David Zhou
Daniel Zrom

Thanks again everyone!

With our very best,

John and Kathy

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Spectrum 27 Awards Nominations

The jury for Spectrum 27: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has nominated the top five artworks in eight categories for consideration for either a silver and gold award. Judges Alice A. Carter, Craig Elliott, Anthony Francisco, Courtney Granner, Forest Rogers and Chie Yoshii debated the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, California.

Established in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner, the first Spectrum annual appeared in 1994 from Underwood Books; for over a quarter of a century it has attracted participants from around the world and has set the standards for excellence in fantasy and science fiction art. John Fleskes became the Director and Publisher of Spectrum in 2014 with volume 21.

The recipients will be announced at the Spectrum 27 Awards Ceremony that will be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, MO on Friday evening, March 20, 2020. The 2020 Spectrum Grand Master Award honoree will also be announced during the ceremony.

For more information about Spectrum visit: www.spectrumfantasticart.com
www.spectrumfantasticartlive.com

Congratulations to all of the artists who have been nominated!

This text only list is followed by the list that includes the art.

ADVERTISING CATEGORY

Anna and Elena Balbusso Twins – The Magic Flute Backstage
Brom – Lilith
Bartosz Kosowski – The Shining
Alessandra Pisano – The Part You Throw Away
Bayard Wu – Fighting in the Harpy Nest

BOOK CATEGORY

Sam Araya – Arthur Jermyn
Rovina Cai – Ivywood
Dan dos Santos – Penric’s Progress
Sija Hong – The Three Lords of Shambhala
Yuko Shimizu – The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

COMIC CATEGORY

Thomas Campi – L’éveil, page 25
Jessica Dalva – The Dollhouse Family #1
Tim Probert – Lightfall 1: Walk in the Woods
Claudya Schmidt – Myre: Flora
Leif Yu – Rainforest

CONCEPT ART CATEGORY

Ian Jun Wei Chiew – Island Woodblock
Te Hu – la Marcarena
Finnian MacManus – Xulith
Andy Park – Captain Marvel Binary Powers Concept Design
Tooth Wu – Devourer of Ghosts

DIMENSIONAL CATEGORY

Michihiro Matsuoka – Philosopher From The Past Coelacanth
Lucas Pina – Guardian of the Forest
Colin and Kristine Poole – Spinner of Dreams
Dug Stanat – Space Madness
David Zhou – Harpy

EDITORIAL CATEGORY

Sam Araya – The Forest Yell
Galen Dara – Many Hearted Dog
Angi Pauly – Blue Moon Harvest
Red Nose Studio – Truth, Lies & Uncertainty: Truth
Tooba Rezaei – Blue Hope

INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY

Tyler Jacobson – The Broken Sword/Throne of Eldraine
Iain McCaig – Claim the Firstborn
Mike Miller – Quest
John Jude Palencar – The Stranger: The Seventh Faith
Chase Stone – Tymaret Chosen From Death

UNPUBLISHED CATEGORY

Diego Fernandez – 492
Axel Sauerwald – Ascent
Jan Wessbecher – Celsius 13: Junkyard Crew
Allen Williams – Armaros
Daniel Zrom – The Spoon Thief

ADVERTISING CATEGORY

Anna and Elena Balbusso Twins – The Magic Flute Backstage
Brom – Lilith
Bartosz Kosowski – The Shining
Alessandra Pisano – The Part You Throw Away
Bayard Wu – Fighting in the Harpy Nest

BOOK CATEGORY

Sam Araya – Arthur Jermyn
Rovina Cai – Ivywood
Dan dos Santos – Penric’s Progress
Sija Hong – The three Lords of Shambhala
Yuko Shimizu – The Wind Up Bird Chronicle

COMIC CATEGORY

Thomas Campi – Page 25
Jessica Dalva – The Dollhouse Family #1
Tim Probert – Lightfall 1: Walk in the Woods
Claudya Schmidt – Myre: Flora
Leif Yu – Rainforest

CONCEPT ART CATEGORY

Ian Jun Wei Chiew – Island Woodblock
Te Hu – la Marcarena
Finnian MacManus – Xulith
Andy Park – Captain Marvel Binary Powers Concept Design
Tooth Wu – Devourer of Ghosts

DIMENSIONAL CATEGORY

Michihiro Matsuoka – Philosopher From The Past Coelacanth
Lucas Pina – Guardian of the Forest
Colin and Kristine Poole – Spinner of Dreams
Dug Stanat – Space Madness
David Zhou – Harpy


EDITORIAL CATEGORY

Sam Araya – The Forest Yell
Galen Dara – Many Hearted Dog
Angi Pauly – Blue Moon Harvest
Red Nose Studio – Truth, Lies & Uncertainty: Truth
Tooba Rezaei – Blue Hope

INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY

Tyler Jacobson – The Broken Sword/Throne of Eldraine
Iain McCaig – Claim the Firstborn
Mike Miller – Quest
John Jude Palencar – The Stranger: The Seventh Faith
Chase Stone – Tymaret Chosen From Death

UNPUBLISHED CATEGORY

Diego Fernandez – 492
Axel Sauerwald – Ascent
Jan Wessbecher – Celsius 13: Junkyard Crew
Allen Williams – Armaros
Daniel Zrom – The Spoon Thief

Congratulations again to all of the Spectrum 27 nominations!

Enjoy,

John

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The Spectrum 27 Artist List is Coming on February 18th!

The Spectrum 27 judging weekend was a success!

The complete list of artist names selected for inclusion into the twenty-seventh volume of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art will be available on Tuesday, February 18th.

The Spectrum 27 Awards Nominations will also be shared on the 18th.

A special thank you to the Spectrum 27 jury! Alice A. Carter, Craig Elliott, Anthony Francisco, Courtney Granner, Forest Rogers, and Chie Yoshii were a wonderful group to host. We greatly appreciate their time.

We look forward to sharing the artist list and nominations on the 18th.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 27 Call for Entries is Now Open!

Spectrum 27 Call for Entries poster art by Paul Sullivan

This is an invitation to all professional and student artists, art directors, publishers and artists’ representatives to submit entries to the 27th Annual Spectrum International Competition for Fantastic Art. All artworks in all media embracing the themes of science fiction, fantasy, horror and the surreal are eligible. Fantastic art can be subtle or obvious, traditional or off-the-wall, painted, sculpted, done digitally or photographed: There is no unacceptable way to create art, and there are no set rules that say one piece qualifies while another does not. Imagination and skill are what matters. Work chosen by the jury will be printed in full color in the Spectrum annual, the peer-selected “best of the year” collection for the fantastic arts. Click here to submit.

The Spectrum 27 Call for Entries Poster was created by the renowned artist, Paul Sullivan.

To join our mailing list to receive your complimentary poster, please click here.

The Spectrum 27 jury is comprised of a six member panel of some of the most exceptional artists and educators working in the industry today consisting of Alice A. Carter, Craig Elliott, Anthony Francisco, Courtney Granner, Forest Rogers, and Chie Yoshii. Find out more about the Spectrum 27 jury here.

Clockwise from upper left: Alice A. Carter, Courtney Granner, Craig Elliott, Chie Yoshii, Forest Rogers, and Anthony Francisco.

“I’m delighted to bring such an esteemed group together,” shares John Fleskes. “Alice Carter and Courtney Granner have mentored and guided thousands of students through the San Jose State University’s award-winning Animation/Illustration program that they co-founded. Craig Elliott has had a hand in designing many of the most popular animated films from the last 20 years for companies such as Disney and DreamWorks, as well as being a remarkably well-rounded artist and craftsman. His teaching credentials are equally impressive. Then, we are pleased to have Anthony Francisco join us, who is the Senior Visual Development Concept Illustrator at Marvel Studios. Anthony created Baby Groot and the costumes for the Dora Milaje (Okoye and Nakia) for Black Panther. We are honored to have Forest Rogers, who is one of the most admired sculptures in the surreal and fantastic arts genres. Finally, we are fortunate to have Chie Yoshii join the jury, who’s gorgeous paintings have long been featured within the pages of Spectrum. We’re are grateful to have this admired group of artists to select the works for inclusion into Spectrum 27.”

For over twenty-six years the Spectrum annual has been a showcase for the best and brightest creators of fantastic art from around the globe: it serves as an invaluable resource book for art directors, art buyers, publishers and agents world-wide. Our purpose and singular agenda is the promotion of the art and artists. We believe that Spectrum functions as a cost-efficient promotional forum and provides a bridge between creator, client, and aficionado as well. Spectrum is all about facilitating opportunities for creators, about growing the audience for imaginative work in all its forms, without pretension and without prejudice.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support of Spectrum! Please let us know if you have any questions.

For more information on Spectrum please visit spectrumfantasticart.com.

Enjoy,

John

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Spectrum 26 Awards Recipients!

Donato Giancola accepting his Grand Master award.

Spectrum 26 Awards Recipients! Congratulations to all!

For 26 years Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has been celebrating imaginative works by creators from around the world.

The Spectrum Awards Ceremony was held in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday night, March 30, 2019. Entry was free for all Planet Comicon and Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event ticket holders and exhibitors. Nearly 500 people were in attendance.

The celebration included the presentation of Gold and Silver Awards for exemplary art from the previous year in eight categories: Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional, and Unpublished. The ceremony was held in the historic Folly Theater. Presenters included such luminaries of the art community as Patricia Briggs (Book category), Bill Carman (Institutional category), John English (Advertising category), Dan dos Santos (Grand Master award), Gary Gianni (Comic category), Cory Godbey (Unpublished category), Iain McCaig (Concept Art category), Colin and Kristine Poole (Rising Star and Dimensional category), and Zoë Robinson (Editorial category). Spectrum founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner introduced a memorial video devoted to the creatives who had passed away in the previous year. Bob Self and Lauren Panepinto served as the hosts during the ceremony. John Fleskes and Katherine Chu offered a thank you speech to close the ceremony, while “Stand Up Magician” Derek Hughes performed during the evening.


The 5 finalists and award-recipients in each category were selected by the jury consisting of Kei Acedera, Wesley Burt, Bobby Chiu, Edward Kinsella III, Colin and Kristine Poole from over 4000 artworks submitted to the twenty-sixth annual competition. Also presented at the ceremony were the Rising Star Award, created and presented by sculptors Kristine and Colin Poole and intended to encourage a young artist, and the Spectrum Grand Master Award which honors the career accomplishments of a living artist. This year’s Grand Master recipient was Donato Giancola, who was present to accept his award.

The Spectrum 26 awards were designed and made by J. Anthony Kosar and his team at Kosart Effects Studio.

The award-winning art will appear with over 500 other pieces selected by the judges in the Spectrum 26 book, which will be published by Flesk Publications in November 2019.

Congratulations to everyone who was nominated and to the recipients!

Spectrum 26 Awards Recipients

2017 GRAND MASTER HONOREE
Donato Giancola


RISING STAR AWARD
Ki Gawki

ADVERTISING CATEGORY

GOLD
Greg Ruth

SILVER
Valentin Kopetzki

BOOK CATEGORY

GOLD
Francis Vallejo

SILVER
Chase Stone

COMIC CATEGORY

GOLD
Alex Alice

SILVER
Jeffrey Alan Love

CONCEPT ART CATEGORY

GOLD
Abe Taraky

SILVER
Danny Moll

DIMENSIONAL CATEGORY

GOLD
Patrick Masson

SILVER
Paul Komoda

EDITORIAL CATEGORY

GOLD
Qiuxin Mao

SILVER
Leonardo Santamaria

INSTITUTIONAL CATEGORY

GOLD
Jesper Ejsing

SILVER
John Jude Palencar

UNPUBLISHED CATEGORY

GOLD
Konstantin Kostadinov

SILVER
Annie Stegg Gerard

Enjoy,

John

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Thank you From John Fleskes

I read a comment from Vanessa Lemon regarding her art making it into Spectrum 26 that inspired this post.

In brief, she let me know that when she thanks us it is while using the broadest brush in her studio. Vanessa’s sentiment really stuck with me as a huge heartfelt thank you. I’m not fishing for compliments here, but it really does feel good when people share their appreciation for our efforts. What we do here is hard, and a lot of work. I also know what all of you artists do is hard, and a lot of work. I feel we are all on this together to support and nurture one another so that we can push through and make good things happen.

I hope Vanessa doesn’t mind, because I would like to borrow her broad big brush and extend the largest most heartfelt congratulations to everyone who made it into Spectrum 26. I also want to use this same brush to give an equal thank you to everyone who submitted.

I’ve been posting a lot of “thank you” and “congratulations” comments over these last 3-4 days when people share their enthusiasm for getting in. I do this because, I really want everyone to know just how much it means to me when they participate in Spectrum.

Kathy is amazing while emailing everyone and following up with the artists who are in Spectrum 26. She spends about 6 full days dedicated to emails once the artist list has been posted. Spectrum is a massive undertaking that requires an unbelievable amount of time and dedication. I’m so lucky to have Kathy here to help with Spectrum. There’s no way I could do this alone. I need her and I need all of you, because nothing good can happen without the help of others.

My main point to this post is that I feel grateful to you all. And I hope that when I write a “Thank you” or “Congratulations” on your thread, that it comes with as large of a broad brush stroke as can be made.

(Thanks for the inspiration Vanessa.)

Enjoy,

John

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