ASFA Community Network

ASFA is a non-profit, educational 501(c)(3) association made up of artists, publishers, collectors and others with an interest the genre.


Sara Felix

Joni Brill Dashoff

Samantha Haney Press

Laura Domitz

Cary A. Conder

West Coast Director:
Spring Schoenhuth

Mountain Director:
Maurine Starkey

Central Director:
MItchell Bentley

East Coast Director:
Alan Beck

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





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.

2015 was the 30th anniversary of the Chesley Awards.

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The views and opinions expressed in the individual articles and features herein are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect official ASFA views or positions.

All content in this community is copyrighted by its perspective creator. ASFA holds no claims or rights, exclusive or otherwise to uploaded content and any rights revert to contributors upon publication herein.

We take no responsibility for unsolicited material, but we welcome it.

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Chesley Final Voting is open

The nomination list is now out and voting is live on the voting page from April 24- May 14.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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 R.R. Martin Baltimore Science Fiction Society, May 2016

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback or Ebook


Tommy Arnold  A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson 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 Issue 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, 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, 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 La Dame Blanche, banner art to promote Roxana Illuminated Perfume 2016

Best Color 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/

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

The Chesleys will be given out next year at NorthAmeriCon 17 in San Juan Puerto Rico July 6-9.  Come and join us in honoring the amazing work done in 2016.

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.

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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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.

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Hello, Glad to be here

Started by Kimberly Larmond in The Commons. Last reply by Sara Felix Apr 24. 1 Reply

I just noticed that the mailing address fro ASFA is Harrisburg, PA! I was just there a couple weeks ago, directing a photoshoot! Nice place, very friendly people!I am happy to be a member, and look…Continue

Chesley Suggestions (2016 Artwork)

Started by Maurizio Manzieri in The Commons Jan 18. 0 Replies

Dear ASFA Members,here we go with  my Portfolio featuring 2016 Artwork eligible for the 2017 Chesleys including illustrations finished or published within 2016 (I'm unsure only about my last Asimov's…Continue

Tags: #chesleysuggestions

A new book

Started by Ron Miller in Publishing Nov 16, 2016. 0 Replies

While this is a project that will pay, at the moment the project itself is still speculative: ironically, whether it goes ahead or not will depend upon finding artists who wish to participate.The…Continue

Book of Erotic SF and Fantasy Art

Started by Ron Miller in Publishing. Last reply by Ron Miller Feb 22, 2016. 1 Reply

The same people who brought out "The Art of Space" are interested in a similar book devoted to erotic SF and fantasy art. It would be similar to "The Art of Space" in format and design. They are…Continue

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Chesley Suggestions (Artwork 2016)

Posted by Maurizio Manzieri on January 13, 2017 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Dear Members,

Time of suggestions! Here is a selected Portfolio of eligible illustrations for the 2017 Chesley Awards!

1) Cover Art for ASIMOV’S SF #JULY 2016…


Support & Support Alike --

Posted by Clifford E VanMeter on November 18, 2016 at 2:24pm 0 Comments

Just a word to anyone that might be running a Patreon campaign. I will support anyone who supports me at the $2 level at an equivalent or higher level. So if you support me at $2, and your tiers are $1 and $3, I'll pledge $3. It's a great way to…


A book of erotic SF and fantasy art

Posted by Ron Miller on February 22, 2016 at 11:53am 0 Comments

The same book packager responsible for "The Art of Space" is looking for someone who might be interested in compiling a book of erotic SF and fantasy art. It would be roughly the same size and format as "The Art of Space." The person doing the…


2015 Chesley Suggestions

Posted by Maurizio Manzieri on February 15, 2016 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Dear Members,

here is a selection of eligible illustrations for the 2015 Chesley Awards!

1) Cover Art for "The Citadel of Weeping Pearls" By Aliette de Bodard - ASIMOV'S SF #Oct/Nov 2015 (It's currently an…


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