When we think of books, we think of words. Of course! Words contain the idea, the grace, the feel, the story. But in many, many books, artwork is a partner to the story. Book covers, illustrations, promotions – these can really enhance what we read, especially in the sci-fi/fantasy genre.
The Spectrum Awards were established “to promote the fantastic arts and provide an annual showcase for contemporary artists.” From the Spectrum website:
Believing that there was a tremendous amount of high-quality fantastic-themed art work created each year that somehow wasn’t being represented in other annual art books and shows, Spectrum was established in 1993 by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner with the intent of providing creators with a regular showcase for the best fantasy, science fiction, horror, and otherwise uncategorizable artwork created each year.
The 22nd Spectrum Award winners were announced on May 23 at the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event held in Kansas City, Missouri. We’ve posted a few of the winners here, but we urge you click here to visit the Spectrum blog, written by Spectrum director John Flesk, to view all the gold (winning) and silver (runner up) literary art work.
Congratulations to all the winners, runners up, and indeed, to all the nominees!