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.


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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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Suggestions are open for 2019!

Chesley Location for 2020

The Chesleys will be held at the NASFIC in Ohio.  

Chesley Winners for 2019

Best Cover- Hardback
Jon Foster
I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis

Best Cover - Paperback
Amanda Makepeace
Diabolical Plots Year Three Edited by David Steffen

Best Cover- Magazine
Arthur Haas
Clarkesworld #140, May 2018

Best Interior Illustration
Vanessa Lemen
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Best Gaming Illustration
Mitchell Malloy

Best Product Illustration
Charles Urbach
"The Pirate Queen”

Best Color Illustration- Unpublished
Melissa Gay

Best Monochrome Illustration- Unpublished
Chris Wade
Failure To Launch: Grounded

Best Three Dimensional Art
Patrick Masson

Best Art Director – Neil Clarke, Clarkesworld

Lifetime Achievement Award – Diane Dillon

Chesley Winners for 2019

Best Hardback Book Cover

Marc Simonetti - The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Best Paperback Book Cover

Jamie Jones - The Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera

Best Magazine Cover

Ingrid Kallick - Cricket Magazine January 2017

Best Interior Illustration

Gregory Manchess - Above the Timberline by Gregory Manchess

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

Melissa Gay - The Offering, Sagaborn RPG Core Rule Book

Best Product Illustration

Annie Stegg Gerard - Stormy Serenade - DragonCon 2017 T-Shirt

Best Color Work Unpublished

Charles Urbach - Not All Treasure Is Gold - Colored Pencil

Best Monochrome Work Unpublished

Ruth Sanderson - Dragon Drum - Ink

Best Three-Dimensional

Forest Rogers - Octopoid Descending

Best Art Director

Neil Clarke - Clarkesworld

Lifetime Achievement

Alan Lee

Nomination list is here:

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

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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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.

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Where to Sell Science Fiction and Fantasy Art without going to a convention

Started by Debbie Hughes in The Commons Jul 23, 2019. 0 Replies

Would like to get a discussion going on where we can all sell our works without necessarilygoing to a convention. We cannot all afford to travel and pay high convention costs.  I recently looked into…Continue

Anyone out there?

Started by Toni DeBiasi in The Commons. Last reply by Debbie Hughes Apr 20, 2019. 1 Reply

Not a lot if discussion going on it seems. I’m interested in con exposure.Any suggestions?Thanks!Continue

ArmadilloCon 2018

Started by Scott Zrubek in Convention Reports & Feedback Aug 16, 2018. 0 Replies

We had a show that was about 25% smaller than last year, not certain why, but we had essentially the same amount of sales. And this was without any art from our Guest of Honor (there was a water leak…Continue

World Fantasy 2017

Started by Scott Zrubek in Convention Reports & Feedback Aug 16, 2018. 0 Replies

Below are the numbers for last year's World Fantasy.  It looks like the avg number of sales per selling artist is wrong.  I'll need to look into that.Total print sales1,272.00Average print…Continue

Blog Posts

ghost town

Posted by Debbie Hughes on July 6, 2019 at 7:08am 3 Comments

Would like to express my frustration right now with ASFA who has not notified me at all since I joined this group. I do not receive emails when events happen. I would have never found out about the chesleys if someone I knew had not posted it on…


Debbie's work in Russia

Posted by Debbie Hughes on March 15, 2019 at 11:46am 2 Comments

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…


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