Find more information about the Art Show on the following Chicon page, including special guests, a current list of artists, and contact info. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy these highlights from the exhibits on display!
Highlight from the Korshak Collection: “Pickman’s Model”
This iconic mixed media artwork was created by famed science fiction illustrator Hannes Bok (1914-1964) for H. P. Lovecraft’s story “Pickman’s Model” (1926). Created in 1950 and published in the December 1951 issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries, the artwork depicts the canine-like monster painted by Pickman and encountered by the story’s narrator in the final room of Pickman’s art gallery.
The world premiere of “Pickman’s Model” is presented by the Korshak Collection: Illustrations of Imaginative Literature. The collection is on display in the San Francisco Room, just around the corner from the art show, and includes more than 60 illustrations of famous fantasy and science fiction stories.
Highlight from the Fan Guest Exhibit: “Guru” contemplating “Dreams“
See Thomas Kuebler’s “Guru” contemplating “Dreams” by Ukrainian artist Serget Poyarkov along with 39 other pieces in “Sharing Our Sense of Wonder: Art from the Collection of Joe Siclari and Edie Stern.” It’s all on display in the Art Show from Thursday–Sunday in Regency A-B-C (West Tower/Gold Level).
Brief, personal notes about each piece accompany each piece. Here’s what our Fan Guests of Honor say about Guru:
Edie: “This 3D piece radiates calm and serenity. It’s very curious – people either respond with wild dislike or wild appreciation. I’ve never seen anyone with a lukewarm response. When I practice yoga at home, I practice it not far from the Guru.”
Joe: “We put the Guru in an Exhibit at Boskone a few years ago. The response was immediate and extremely diverse. Some people thought he was just creepy. My son turns him to the wall. Others sought to commune with him. A Boskone attendee brought a chair up to the table and several different people sat with Guru for hours.”
Learn more about all of the art during docent tours of their exhibit with Chicon 8’s Fan Guests of Honor on Friday at 10 am and Saturday at 1 pm.
ASFA, the “Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists,” has panels in the Art Show of members and other artists in the community. This year we are featuring artists:
- Mason Adams
- Sara Felix
- Ingrid Kallick
- Amelia Leonards
- Madolyn Locke
- Max Martelli
- John Picacio
- Christine Rhee
- Erica Lyn Schmidt
- Alissa Wales
Unfortunately, we will not be having the Chesleys at Chicon, which will be taking place online later this year.
Special thanks to Sara Felix, Michael Nelson, Geri Sullivan, and Steve Korshak for contributions to this article.