What does the advisory board do?

The Advisory Board assists and helps the Spectrum Fantastic Art director, John Fleskes, in answering questions relating to growth, staying current in the genres Spectrum represents, identifying areas of neglect that require attention, encouraging discussion within the group to think outside of Spectrum's knowledgeable area when selecting jury members, helping in putting Spectrum in touch with schools or institutions, advising on how Spectrum can better help the community and individual artists, and generally how to improve Spectrum. The Advisory Board selects and votes upon the Grand Master Award recipient each year. Spectrum Advisory Board members are rotated on occasion to help keep the Spectrum's outlook vibrant, fresh, diverse, and inclusive; any previous Advisory Board member can be re-invited for another term after a one year break at the Director's discretion.

Honorary lifelong Spectrum Advisory Board members include Arnie and Cathy Fenner, and Tim Underwood.

Meet the Board


Over the past decades, Brom has lent his distinctive visions and artwork to all facets of the creative industries, from novels and games, to comics and film. He is also the author of a series of award-winning illustrated horror novels: Krampus the Yule Lord, The Child Thief, The Plucker, and The Devil's Rose. Brom is currently kept in a dank cellar somewhere just outside of Seattle. Visit him at www.bromart.com.

Alice Carter

Alice Carter is an illustrator, writer, and a professor in the Animation/Illustration program at San Jose State University, where she has been recognized with the University’s Outstanding Professor Award. Her illustration clients have included LucasFilm Ltd., Rolling Stone magazine, The New York Times, and ABC Television. Her illustrations have been exhibited at the New York Society of Illustrators, in the Communication Arts Art Annual, the Print Regional Design Annual and The Japan Creators Annual. She has won Best of Show Honors from the AR Show USA: 100 Best Annual Reports, the Hatch Awards of the Boston Ad Club, Simpson Printed Paper, and the Western Art Directors West Coast Show. Carter’s work has been exhibited at a number of galleries and museums including, the New York Society of Illustrators’ Museum of American Illustration, The Norman Rockwell Museum, the Art Institute of Houston, the New Britain Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Erie Art Museum. She has been a Fulbright Scholar at Helwan University In Cairo, Egypt, and for the past nine years has served as a trustee at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Alice Carter’s publications include, The Art of National Geographic: One Hundred Years of Illustration, The Red Rose Girls: An Uncommon Story of Art and Love, The Essential Thomas Eakins, Abrams, Cecilia Beaux: A Modern Painter in The Gilded Age. In conjunction with her publications, Professor Carter has curated exhibitions at the Woodmere Art Museum, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and The Society of Illustrators’ Museum of American Illustration.

Mark Chiarello

Mark Chiarello is the Art & Design Director at DC Comics. As a freelance illustrator, he has received the comic book industry's Eisner, Harvey, and Reuben Awards. Mark has also done freelance illustration for, among others, the National Basketball Association, Topps, Lucasfilm, Disney, and Universal Pictures. He lives somewhere in Southern California.

Cathy Fenner

Cathy Fenner was a senior graphic artist for Hallmark Cards, creating all manner of products for their personal expressions lines for over 30 years. As the co-creator of Spectrum, the co-founder of Spectrum Fantastic Art live, and the co-curator of three Spectrum museum exhibitions makes her intimate knowledge of the field second to none. Cathy has also co-edited books by Frank Frazetta, Jeffrey Jones, Robert McGinnis and many others; she has been nominated for the Hugo and been honored with the Chesley and has received 11 Locus Awards. Photograph by Greg Preston.

Rebecca Guay

During her over 23 years of painting professionally, Rebecca Guay has build a formidable reputation in contemporary and pop culture art and illustration. The work focuses on emotionally charged themes that echo elements of asian art and western symbolists, with a contemporary surreal twist. She has exhibited in both solo and group shows at renowned galleries throughout the world. She has worked for most major publishers, painting books, book covers and graphic novels. Rebecca has been the recipient of many significant awards and honors, including numerous gold medal awards from the Spectrum Annual and a several gold and bronze Medals from the Society of Illustrators WEST Annual for Best in the Original Works/Gallery category. In addition to her career as an artist she is also the creator of The IMC (artimc.org) , and SmArt School (smarterartschool.com).

Rebecca lives and works in Amherst Massachusetts, with her husband Matthew Mitchell who is also an artist and her daughter Vivian. Photograph by Alan Amato.

James Gurney

James Gurney is the author and illustrator of the New-York-Times bestselling Dinotopia book series. He has recently been named a "Grand Master" by Spectrum Fantastic Arts and a "Living Master" by the Art Renewal Center. His most recent book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (2010) has been Amazon's #1 bestselling book on painting for over 150 weeks and is based on his daily blog gurneyjourney.blogspot.com.

Charles Kochman

Charles Kochman is the editorial director of Abrams ComicArts, and editor of the #1 bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney. Prior to joining ABRAMS in January 2005, Kochman was the first editor of licensed publishing at DC Comics and MAD magazine for twelve years.A graduate of Brooklyn College, Kochman is a member of the National Cartoonists Society, the Society of Illustrators, and is on the board of advisors for MoCCA (the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art). He lives in New York City.

Iain McCaig

Iain McCaig is an internationally recognized and award winning artist and one of the motion picture industry's leading conceptual designers. His exceptional command of human anatomy, character, emotional expression and visual narrative make him on of the most sought after artists working in the entertainment industry today. McCaig has worked for Lucasfilm as one of the principal designers on Star Wars Episode One-The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode Two-Attack of the Clones, and: Star Wars Episode Three-Revenge of the Sith, and is currently consulting on the new J. J. Abrams/Disney feature, Star Wars-Episode Seven.

Virginie Ropars

Formerly a designer for the video-game industry, Virginie Ropars is a multifaceted artist of international renown who is as talented in 2-D as she is in 3-D. Her gorgeous and unique original sculptures reside in many prestigious collections, and she has been profiled in numerous magazines, websites and books throughout Europe, Russia and the U.S. In addition, she is a Spectrum alumnus who, over the last seven years, has been honored with a Silver Award in Spectrum 17, a Gold Award in Spectrum 19 and a Gold Award in Spectrum 20. Aside from her personal works, she often collaborates with renowned artists on dimensional versions of their art works. She was born and still lives in France. Photograph by Greg Preston.