Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nominees For The 2017 Chesley Awards Announced


The Chesley Awards were established by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) to recognize individual artistic works and achievements in the field of science fiction and fantasy.

The nominees for the 2017 Chesley Awards have been announced and will be presented at NorthAmeriCon 17 in San Juan, Puerto Rico July 6-9.

Click on the Award titles to see the nominated artwork

Best Cover Illustration: Hardcover


  • Dan dos Santos - 'Fables: Cubs In Toyland' by Bill Willingham (Vertigo, September 2016)
  • Todd Lockwood - 'Summer Dragon' by Todd Lockwood (DAW, May 2016)
  • Tran Nguyen - 'Kushiel's Dart' by Jacqueline Carey (Subterranean Press, October 2016)
  • Cliff Nielsen - 'Lady Midnight' by Cassandra Clare (McElderry Books, March 2016)
  • David Palumbo - 'Arcanum Unbounded' by Brandon Sanderson (Tor, November 2016)
  • John Picacio - 'In The House Of The Worm' by George RR Martin (Baltimore Science Fiction Society, May 2016)


Best Cover Illustration: Paperback or Ebook


  • Tommy Arnold - 'A Taste of Honey' by Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing, October 2016)
  • Julie Dillon - ''Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy's Edge' by Assorted Authors (Astral books Amazon Digital Services, August 2016)
  • Sarah Anne Langton - 'Central Station' by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications, May 2016)
  • Gene Mollica - 'Breath of Earth' by Beth Cato (Harper Voyager, August 2016)
  • Victo Ngai - 'Forest of Memory' by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor, March 2016)

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine


  • Galen Dara - 'Uncanny' #10, (May/June 2016)
  • Elizabeth Leggett  - 'Lightspeed' #69, (February 2016)
  • David Palumbo - 'Swallowed Whole, Aliens - Life and Death' #1 (Dark Horse, September 2016)
  • Paolo Rivera - 'Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953' (Dark Horse, February 2016)
  • Jeremy Wilson - 'Chimera Brigade' #1 by Serge Lehman and Fabrice Colin (Titan Comics, October 2016)

Best Interior Illustration


  • Rovina Cai  - 'Tom, Thom' by K.M. Ferebee (Tor.com, February 2016)
  • Kari Christensen - 'Gethsemoni, Court of the Dead: Chronicle of the Underworld' by Tom Gilliland (Sideshow Collectibles 2016)
  • Tran Nguyen - 'Kushiel's Dart' by Jacqueline Carey (Subterranean Press 2016)
  • Greg Ruth - 'Freedom is Space for the Spirit' by Glen Hirshberg (Tor.com, April 2016)
  • Ivica Stevanovic - 'The Bestiary' edited by Ann Vandermeer (Centipede Press, March 2016)

Best Gaming Related Illustration


  • Mauricio Calle - 'Encounter at Stygeon Prime', Star Wars: The Card Game (Fantasy Flight Games 2016)
  • Cliff Childs - 'Long-Finned Skywhale', Kaladesh card set (WotC, Sept. 2016)
  • Ryan Pancoast - 'Inventor's Apprentice', Kaladesh card set (WotC, Sept. 2016)
  • Matthew Stewart - 'Mastertrinketeer', Kaladesh card set (WotC, Sept. 2016)
  • Ryan Yee - 'Die Young', Kaladesh card set (WotC, Sept. 2016)

Best Product Illustration


  • Donato Giancola - 'Portal' Promotional art for Illuxcon
  • Clark Huggins - 'Advertisement for Reckless Deck', Imagine FX, February 2016
  • John Picacio - 'La Corona (The Crown)' Loteria (Lone Boy)
  • Cynthia Sheppard - '2017 Llewellyn's Astrological Calendar'
  • Greg Spalenka - 'Banner art to promote Roxana Illuminated Perfume 2016'


Best Colour Work: Unpublished


  • John Harris - 'The Ark', Oil
  • Vanessa Lemen - 'Holding On and Letting Go', Oil on canvas
  • Miranda Meeks - 'December', Digital
  • Shreya Shetty - 'The Dragon Charmer', Digital
  • Michael Whelan - 'In A World Of Her Own', Acrylic

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished


  • Marcela Bolivar - 'White Crown', Photoshop
  • Jana Heidersdorf - 'Darkness' , Acrylics, pencil and digital
  • Travis Lewis - 'Soul Engine', Graphite
  • Ruth Sanderson - 'Luna', Scratchboard
  • Allen Williams - 'The Fall of Night', Pencil


Best Three Dimensional Art


  • Akihito Ikeda - 'Nephila', Mixed media
  • Thomas Kuebler - 'Medusa', Mixed media
  • Forest Rogers - 'La Belle Crustace', premier air-dry clay & washi paper
  • Virginie Ropars - 'The Evil Eye', Mixed media
  • Lee Shamel - 'The Scepter of the Crystal Flame', Mixed media

Best Art Director


  • Neil Clarke - Clarkesworld Magazine
  • Irene Gallo - Tor/tor.com
  • Sheila Gilbert & Betsy Wollheim - DAW Books
  • Lauren Panepinto - Orbit Books
  • Cynthia Sheppard - Wizards of the Coast

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award


  • Iain McCaig
  • Greg Manchess
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Wendy Pini
  • Drew Struzan
  • Berni Wrightson