ASFA is a non-profit, educational 5Ol(c)(3) association made up of artists, publishers, collectors and others with an interest the genre.

OFFICERS

President:
Mitchell Bentley

Vice-President:
Alan Beck

Secretary:
Sara Felix

Treasurer:
Laura Domitz


Director-At-Large:
Cary A. Conder

West Coast Director:
Spring Schoenhuth

Mountain Director:
Maurine Starkey


Central Director:
Samantha Haney Press

East Coast Director:
Joni Brill Dashoff

ASFA Mailing Address:
Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists
PO Box 60933
Harrisburg, PA  17106  USA

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Mission Statement

ASFA is organized for artistic, literary, educational and charitable purposes concerning the visual arts of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology and related topics. We are dedicated to providing a communications link among our members, as well as providing helpful information and technical assistance.

ASFA's purpose is to encourage and help develop amateur artistic talent, support the efforts and needs of working artists, educate the public, connect with and encourage publishers, patrons of the arts and anyone interested in works of the genre. We are also here to stimulate the public's interest in these areas of art.

Additionally, each year ASFA gives out the Chesley Awards, which are named for the great astronomical artist, Chesley Bonestell. The Chesleys were started in 1985 as a means for the SF and Fantasy art community to recognize individual works and achievements not otherwise recognized by the Hugo Awards, during the previous year.

2010 was the 25th anniversary of the Chesley Awards.

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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.  

Who we are & what we do...

  • Build Community
  • Share Information
  • Provide Resources
  • Recognize Excellence

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 holds its annual meeting at the Worldcon every year unless Worldcon is held outside of North America, when the meeting is held at NASFiC.

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.

News & Announcements

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 Chesley Awards 

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

John Harris

Congratulations to the winners!

Check out out tri-weekly ASFA Art eNews Paper

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.

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Interested in becoming involved?

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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Sara Felix posted a discussion

Chesley Suggestions for 2015- Interior Illustration

Besides the Folio Society's Dune which I mentioned in the covers post, I need to do a little more reading to have suggestions for Interior Illustration.Anyone have some good suggestions to start with?See More
Tuesday
Sara Felix's discussion was featured

Chesley Suggestions for 2015- Best Cover Magazine

There have been some great covers as always-A few that have stood out to me:Nightmare Magazine November 2015 Bruno WagnerNovember 2015Asimov's October/November 2015 Maurizio ManzieriOctober/November 2015Uncanny Magazine July/August 2015 Antonio Caparo…See More
Feb 5
Sara Felix posted a discussion

Chesley Suggestions for 2015- Best Cover Magazine

There have been some great covers as always-A few that have stood out to me:Nightmare Magazine November 2015 Bruno WagnerNovember 2015Asimov's October/November 2015 Maurizio ManzieriOctober/November 2015Uncanny Magazine July/August 2015 Antonio Caparo…See More
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Chesley Suggestions for 2015- Interior Illustration

Started by Sara Felix in Welcome to the Forums - News and FAQs on Tuesday. 0 Replies

Besides the Folio Society's Dune which I mentioned in the covers post, I need to do a little more reading to have suggestions for Interior Illustration.Anyone have some good suggestions to start with?Continue

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Chesley Suggestions for 2015- Best Cover Magazine

Started by Sara Felix in Welcome to the Forums - News and FAQs Feb 5. 0 Replies

There have been some great covers as always-A few that have stood out to me:Nightmare Magazine November 2015 Bruno Wagner…Continue

Tags: #chesleyawardsuggestions

Chesley Suggestions for 2015- Book Covers

Started by Sara Felix in The Commons. Last reply by Sara Felix Feb 4. 1 Reply

While I do have some suggestions for Book Covers-  Carl V. Anderson has a wonderful wrap up post on his blog for his favorite covers of 2015. …Continue

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Chesley Suggestions for 2015- 3D

Started by Sara Felix in The Commons Feb 4. 0 Replies

Now that we are in a new year it is time to reflect on the art of last year and what you think would be up for a Chesley Award last year.With the recent announcement of the Infected by Art winners…Continue

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Blog Posts

Sasquan

Posted by Sara Felix on August 1, 2015 at 11:29am 0 Comments

Hey everyone.  Lots of activities coming up with Sasquan happening in less than three weeks.  First, the Chesley ceremony will be on Thursday August 20th at 7PM in room 300D. The Artist reception will take place after the awards in the art show.…

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ASFA Activities at 2014 Worldcon in London

Posted by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, M.A. on August 12, 2014 at 11:18am 0 Comments

From our Illustrious and proactive secretary, Sara Felix (who unfortunately cannot attend Loncon):

Hey guys,



I just wanted to let you know what is going on in Loncon related to ASFA.  



First of all, The Chesleys are…

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2014 Chesley Awards Nominations online

Posted by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, M.A. on May 19, 2014 at 11:02am 0 Comments

Chesley nominations are now open for the 2014…

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