Entry Info

Learn about the Spectrum Call for Entries, how and when you can submit your work, request a poster and more.

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Submit Your Work

The Spectrum 24 Call for Entries is now closed. Thank you to all who entered!

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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 24.

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Latest News

The Spectrum 24 Awards Ceremony!

For 24 years Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has been celebrating imaginative works by creators from around the world. The Spectrum Awards Ceremony will be held in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday night, April 22nd. Entry is free for all Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event ticket holders and exhibitors.

This celebration will present 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previous year in eight categories: Advertising, Book, Comics, Concept Art, Dimensional, Editorial, Institutional, and Unpublished.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 will be held in the historic Folly Theater and presided over by Spectrum’s Director and publisher, John Fleskes. Presenters include such luminaries of the art community as J.A.W. Cooper, John English, James Gurney, Iain McCaig, Lauren Panepinto, John Picacio, Dan dos Santos, Bob Self, and Richard & Wendy Pini, Colin & Kristine Poole, George Pratt, Terryl Whitlatch. Spectrum co-founders Cathy and Arnie Fenner will introduce a memorial video devoted to the creatives who had passed away in the previous year. Maeret Lemons will serve as the MC during the ceremony. Voler: Thieves of Flight, Kansas City’s Premier Aerial Academy and Aerial Performance Collective, will perform during the evening.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live runs on April 21-23 at the Kansas City Convention Center. SFAL is the annual show where the artists are the stars. This event promotes diversity in the arts and provides educational opportunities through panels and workshops conducted by top artists in the field. The event puts students, attendees, art directors and studios together to help build connections and jobs. SFAL's mission is to grow the appreciation of fantastic art across all media. It also highlights the increasing impact technology has on the arts and provides platforms for these creators and innovators.

Hundreds of artists will be in attendance, many of whom will be there as exhibitors. They will have on display original works, prints, sculptures, crafts and toys for sale. We hope you can join us and participate in presentations, panels, portfolio reviews, workshops and educational opportunities.

Twelve artists who have been published by Flesk will make special appearances at our Flesk/Spectrum booth. This includes Daren Bader, Gerald Brom, Bill Carman, Iain McCaig, Terry Dodson, Frank Cho, Jaw Cooper, Gary Gianni, Android Jones, Jeffrey Alan Love, Richard and Wendy Pini, and Terryl Whitlatch! Also joining us are Laurie Lee Brom, James Gurney, and Aaron Lopresti.

SFAL is the event that celebrates the fantastic arts. Its goal is to honor the artists and put on a fantasy-art convention that anyone is welcome to attend and enjoy. Tickets are just $5.00 at the door per day. Kids 12 and under are free.

Spectrum 24 Artist List!

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

The five member jury selected nearly 500 works by 297 artists that will make up Spectrum 24. 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 24. 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 24 Award Nominations!

The jury for Spectrum 24: 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 Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio debated the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, California.

Read the full press release and see all of the nominated works by clicking here.

The recipients will be announced at the Spectrum 24 Awards Ceremony that will be held at the historic Folly Theater in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, April 22 as part of the art-focused convention, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. The 2017 Spectrum Grand Master Award honoree will also be announced during the ceremony.

Congratulations to all of the artists who have been nominated!

The Spectrum 24 Judging Event is a Wrap! Artist List and Awards Nominees Will Post on Monday, March 6th!

The Spectrum 24 judging event was held on February 25, 2017 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, CA. We were joined by the exceptional industry talents consisting of Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio who spent the full day reviewing the Spectrum Call for Entries submissions. Lifelong friends were made as the group engaged with one another in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. "The day couldn't have gone better," shares Spectrum director John Fleskes. "This group was an absolute joy to host for the day. The vibe was great during the course of the long day and the jury worked exceptionally well together as they made their anonymous picks for the book, then as they worked as a team to finalize the nominations and eventual award recipients for each category. The day was a blast!"

The Spectrum team is currently compiling the artist's names and works that were selected for inclusion into Spectrum 24. The list will be posted on the Spectrum Fantastic Art website this Monday, March 6th. In addition, the award nominees will also be posted on this same day. Thank you to everyone who submitted to Spectrum 24! And thank you to Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio for being so giving of their time to maintain the high standards of excellence that makes Spectrum the premier art annual in the fantastic arts!

Spectrum 24 Judging Event!

The Spectrum 24 judging event will be held at the Flesk offices in Santa Cruz, CA on February 25, 2017. We will be the hosts to industry luminaries Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai and John Picacio who will be reviewing the Spectrum Call for Entries submissions.

The first phase of the day consists of the judges voting anonymously on the works they feel have achieved a standard of excellence for inclusion into the book. Discussion among the jury regarding individual entries is discouraged during this time. A majority consisting of three of more votes from the five member panel guarantees the art for inclusion into Spectrum 24.

Phase two of the day brings the jury together for a group discussion to determine the silver and gold awards for each of the eight categories.

It is instrumental that if we are working for the community that we bring members of the community together when such important decisions are made. Nothing compares to or can beat what a jury group can accomplish when unified and working together in person. This is why year after year those who serve on the Spectrum panel end up becoming life-long friends after sharing the experience.

This is just one example of how Spectrum's mission to serve others is maintained. Because this is what Spectrum is all about. It's about all of you, bringing us together, building upon the community and sharing our accomplishments with the widest audience possible. We look forward to sharing videos, pictures and stories from the judging event. Thanks again to all of those who submitted to Spectrum 24. Good luck!

Thank You for Submitting to Spectrum 24!

Thank you to everyone who submitted to Spectrum 24! We are eternally grateful to the artists, art directors, artist representatives and all of those in this amazing community who support us. We never take what we do for granted and understand that without your trust and support none of this would be possible. Thank you!

John Fleskes and Kathy are currently reviewing all of the submissions while labeling and sorting them in preparation for the Spectrum judging event. Everyone who submitted will receive an email confirmation once we have verified your art and database entry. You should receive an email by Friday, February 3rd. Additionally, we will be in touch if we have any questions. We want you to have the best opportunity to be seen by the jury and we look forward to working on your behalf.

The judging event will run on February 25, 2017 in Santa Cruz, California at our Flesk Publications offices.

We will keep you updated during this process as we share news and stories along the way.

We wish everyone the best of luck and thank you again for your support!

Latest Video

Artist demonstrations during the Spectrum 23 launch party and book signing event held at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd, 2016. Brian Haberlin, Victor Maury, Brynn Metheny and Joseph Sanabria are featured in this video.

Tuna Bora demonstration during the Spectrum 23 launch party and book signing event held at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd, 2016.

Alina Chau demonstration during the Spectrum 23 launch party and book signing event held at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd, 2016.

The Spectrum 23 launch party and book signing event was at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd, 2016. Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate Spectrum's 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres. The artist's in attendance included Chris Ayers, Julia Blattman, Tuna Bora, J.A.W. Cooper, Alina Chau, Waiji Choo, Craig Elliott, Geirrod Van Dyke, Chuck Grieb, Brian Haberlin, Fred Jordan, Erik Ly, Victor Maury, Iain McCaig, Bruce Mitchell, Brynn Metheny, Richard and Wendy Pini, Esben Rasmussen, Tooba Rezaei, Joseph Sanabria, William Stout, Shane Stover and Vin Teng.

Part two of the Spectrum 23 launch party and book signing event video. It was at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, CA on December 3rd, 2016. Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate Spectrum's 23rd year of releasing the premier showcase for imaginative fantastic arts in the book, comic, film, horror, illustration, sculpture, conceptual art, fine art and videogame genres. The artist's in attendance included Chris Ayers, Julia Blattman, Tuna Bora, J.A.W. Cooper, Alina Chau, Waiji Choo, Craig Elliott, Geirrod Van Dyke, Chuck Grieb, Brian Haberlin, Fred Jordan, Erik Ly, Victor Maury, Iain McCaig, Bruce Mitchell, Brynn Metheny, Richard and Wendy Pini, Esben Rasmussen, Tooba Rezaei, Joseph Sanabria, William Stout, Shane Stover and Vin Teng.

We hope you will enjoy it.

We could never be where we are today without the trust and help of others. In this video Spectrum Director john Fleskes highlights a number of the people who we work with who have made a positive impact on us. We're looking forward to doing more for others and having a great 2017. Thanks everyone!.

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