SPECTRUM Jurying: The Monday After

John Fleskes locks up Fort Flesk — and this year’s SPECTRUM jurying is now history.

Had the best time this weekend jurying the SPECTRUM 24 Annual with Christian Alzmann, Victo Ngai, Laurie Lee Brom, and Mark Newman. It was mind-blowing, enlightening, and grueling. I miss these people already.

Notes from this weekend:

  1. When submitting digital entries, make sure they’re big enough that jurors can appreciate the love and labor invested in the work. Most entries did. A few good ones didn’t. It was a shame — especially when the work looked so promising.
  2. In the Three-Dimensional Category — photography MATTERS.
  3. WOW. There are SO MANY terrific artists out there right now. Inspiring. Approximately 4700 TOTAL ENTRIES this year from all around the world.
  4. Thanks to Christian, I’ll never look at the acronym “CGI” the same way again.
  5. Most Shocking Moment: Hearing the news that Bill Paxton had suddenly died. The jury was eating Sunday breakfast together, and we proceeded to trade classic Paxton movie lines. Great actors don’t have to win Oscars to be beloved.
  6. Bottom Line: If you’re ever fortunate enough to be a SPECTRUM juror — no matter how many minutes you get with your jury teammates, it won’t be enough.

Thank you, John Fleskes, for making all of this happen. You too, Kathy Chu and Monica Carson. And last but not least — never enough thanks can be given to Arnie and Cathy Fenner for creating the SPECTRUM phenomenon in the first place. I can’t wait to see the finished annual this fall! Onward to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in Kansas City in two months.


ARBOLpicacioJust heard that “El Arbol” from my ongoing Loteria series has been selected for inclusion in the 23rd edition of SPECTRUM: THE BEST IN CONTEMPORARY FANTASTIC ART, which will release this fall. Thanks very much to this year’s jurors for the honor. 🙂 It bears mentioning again that this work is dedicated to the late, great Jay Lake who modeled for this before his passing. Salud, Jay, and a big hug and shoutout to his family and loved ones. Back to work here making new Loteria artwork!

‘El Mundo’: SPECTRUM 22 Selection!


Hooray — my Loteria Grande card art for “El Mundo” has been selected for the Institutional category for Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art!

I’m especially pleased to see this piece make the annual because “El Mundo” is my first official artwork featuring my daughter. Every time she spots the piece, she says, “There I am!”

She was thrilled when she heard the news last night, and I was too. Thanks, Spectrum jurors!

SFAL3 Pre-Show Print Sale!

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3 hits Kansas City next week! For those of you that have never attended — this is three days of sf/f art Woodstock.

Be there. Seriously. There’s no event quite like this.

I’ll be there again this year — and I have a special offer for SFAL3 attendees.

Starting today, through Monday, May 5th — SFAL3 attendees can pre-order ANY 17″ x 22″ archival print in my shop — for only $55 each.

And yes, GAME OF THRONES fans — this includes my A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE signed archival prints. Yes, that’s a savings of over 50% from the online retail price on those — and yes, this offer is ONLY for SFAL3 attendees.

Why do this?

Simple — it’s a win-win.

I save shipping, handling, and extra materials costs, since I’m not shipping lots of extra unsold prints to and from the show. I pass those savings to SFAL3 attendees, who score archival prints of my art at a bargain price.

How do you get yours if you’re attending SFAL3? Easy.

1) Email me at john (at) johnpicacio (dot) com, and let me know which 17″ x 22″ prints you want reserved for you at SFAL3. Deadline for reserving is Monday, May 5th at 11:59pm CST. (DO NOT order through the webshop to score this special SFAL3 price.)

2) You pay at the show, when you pick up your prints. Or if you feel compelled, you can pay me via Paypal and I can give you those details via email.

3) Buyers are encouraged to bring their own protective sleeve or tube to the show. Prints at reduced price do not include protective bag or board.

4) All prints must be picked up and paid for at SFAL3. No mail orders allowed, for this special price.

5) And again — this offer is only for attendees of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3, and only for a limited time.

Aside from the prints that you folks reserve — I’ll only be bringing a VERY small handful of prints to the show. Those prices will be higher than if you reserve yours in advance, and there’s no guarantee the one you want will be there. So — all aboard, SFAL3 attendees! Reserve your prints in advance, and save big money, while you can! 🙂