Welcome to the ASFA Community Network
Who are we? The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, or ASFA for short, is a non-profit educational 501c3 made up of artists, publishers, collectors and others with interest in the science fiction and fantasy art genres.
ASFA provides support services for artists, publishers, fans, and literary science fiction and fantasy conventions (cons) around the globe. Our members often assist in the running of art shows, mediating disputes and assisting in charity auctions. ASFA provides member suites at large conventions such as the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) , North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), and work to support other regional conventions in many ways.
In accordance with our Bylaws and Mission Statement, ASFA has set up the ASFA Community Network for our members in order to provide the services and information mentioned. The community contains forums, galleries, links and a calendar of events. We provide feedback to artists, information on convention art shows and a place to gain assistance from experienced professionals in the field. There are ongoing developments of content that will include typical art show rules, forms, updates and locations, assistance with press releases, places to find art supplies, and a workshop forum for community feedback. There is even an area for artists and publishers to seek out one another and make arrangements for work.
ASFA also gives out the Chesley Awards, which were established in 1985 as ASFA's peer awards to recognize individual works and achievements not otherwise recognized by the Hugo Awards (or other literary & art awards), during a given year. The Chesleys were initially called the ASFA Awards, but were renamed a year after their conception to honor famed astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell after his death in 1986. The awards are usually presented annually at the World Science Fiction Convention and sometimes at the North American Science Fiction Convention when the Worldcon is held outside of North America.
The ASFA Community Network is our organization's payment gateway. In order to join ASFA, choose "Sign Up" in the box on the left. A pop-up will guide you through the process.
We still have a few Lifetime members who need to get their memberships updated through the ASFA Community Network. Please Email the ASFA President for assistance with that.
The 2016 Chesley Awards will be held at MidAmeriCon 2, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, Kansas City, MO, USA- August 17- 21st.
The winners for 2015 were announced at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction in August:
Best Cover Illustration / Hardcover
Julie Dillon, Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology edited by Brandon Sanderson; Dragonsteel Entertainment, June 2014
Best Cover Illustration – Paperback
Raoul Vitale, Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 edited by Kij Johnson; Prometheus/Pyr
Best Cover Illustration – Magazine
Julie Dillon, Analog, April 2014
Best Interior Illustration
Anna Balbusso and Elena Balbusso, “Ekaterina and the Firebird” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe; Tor.com, January 2014
Best Color Work – Unpublished
Michael C. Hayes, Alegretto oils
Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished
Allen Williams, “Sphynx” graphite
Best Three-Dimensional Art
Dan Chudzinski, The Mudpuppy, resin & mixed media
Best Gaming Related Illustration
Peter Mohrbacher, Pharika, God of Affliction Magic card, Journey into Nyx; WotC, May 2014
Best Product Illustration
Donato Giancola, George R.R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar Bantam, 2014
Best Art Director
Irene Gallo, Tor & Tor.com
Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Congratulations to the winners!
For a little over a year now, we have been offering a means of providing relevant industry news and content. Based upon our Twitter feed and folks we follow, we are proud to produce the ASFA Art eNews, a tri-weekly e-newspaper for your edification (members - see tab above).
As part of our mission to provide educational resources, the ASFA Art eNews brings you current trending happenings in the field of science fiction and fantasy publishing as well as topics of interest by editors, writers and artists in the field.
None of the goals and aspirations mentioned above can come to fruition without an engaged and vibrant membership. Membership in ASFA is open to anyone with an interest in the genre (not just artists), and includes artists, collectors, art directors, publishers, educators and fans from around the world.
Join ASFA today - sign up for only $35.00 per year, or get a discount at $60.00 for 2 years.
We also offer a lifetime membership for just $600.00
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From our Illustrious and proactive secretary, Sara Felix (who unfortunately cannot attend Loncon):
I just wanted to let you know what is going on in Loncon related to ASFA.
First of all, The Chesleys are…