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.

Copyright Disclaimer

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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Thanks for nominating for the Chesleys! 

If you would like to see the suggestion list it is here:

The nomination period is now closed.

See the voting page for the individual links to each album by category.  You must be a member to nominate.  We will verify your membership once we receive you form.

The Chesleys will be given out at Worldcon 76 in San Jose in August.  

Chesley Winners 2016

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! Thank you to Joy Alyssa Day for the wonderful award this year.

Link to the album with the winners:

Best Cover Illustration:  Hardcover  

Tran Nguyen Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey Subterranean Press, October 2016

Best Cover Illustration:  Paperback or Ebook

Julie Dillon Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy's Edge by Assorted Authors Astral books Amazon Digital Services, August 2016

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine  

Galen Dara Uncanny Issue 10, May/June 2016

Best Interior Illustration

Greg Ruth "Freedom is Space for the Spirit" by Glen Hirshberg, April 2016

Best Gaming Related Illustration

Ryan Yee Die Young Kaladesh card set WotC, Sept. 2016

Best Product Illustration

Donato Giancola  Portal Promotional art for Illuxcon

Best Color Work: Unpublished

Michael Whelan In a World of Her Own, Acrylic

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

Allen Williams The Fall of Night, Pencil

Best Three Dimensional Art

Forest Rogers La Belle Crustace, premier air-dry clay & washi paper

Best Art Director

Irene Gallo Tor/

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

Hayao Miyazaki


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, 2017. 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, 2017. 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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Okidokon in Kalamazoo MI

Posted by Clifford E VanMeter on July 20, 2017 at 1:10pm 0 Comments

I'll be a guest a Dokidonkon in Kalamazoo on the 28thof July. Anybody else planning to attend please look me up.I've got a large, framed Godzilla piece I did that I'll be giving away on Sunday. Course I'll also be promoting my Orion the Hunter…


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…


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