Art Show Awards

Each year the JordanCon Art Show awards four awards to recognize the most outstanding works by our exhibiting artists.

The first award is a Judges' Choice Award for the best work of art in that year's show, as determined by a panel consisting of our Art Show directors and the Artist Guest of Honor for that year. This award doesn't necessarily have to go to a single work. It can be (and has been) awarded to a group of works that work together as a thematic whole, such as Joe O'Hara's group of Wheel of Time character portraits, which won the prize at JordanCon IV. The winner of the Judge's Choice Award is presented with a trophy and a framed certificate. You can see photos of these award winners over the years in the list below. It's immediately obvious why they were selected by our Guest of Honor as outstanding art.

The other three awards are determined by a vote in which any JordanCon attendee can participate. These are the aptly named "People's Choice" awards. Ballots for these awards are available at the Art Show and are counted at the end of the Art Show's silent auction Saturday. Typically, there is a category for "Best Wheel of Time Art," as well as "Best Non-Wheel-of-Time Art," and then a final category for 3D art, such as sculpture, jewelry, or other mixed media or alternative media pieces that do not easily fit into a standard picture frame. As with the Judge's Choice awards, if a group of pieces work as a whole, the entire group can be awarded a People's Choice Award in a specific category. All People's Choice award winners are presented with a framed certificate and a medal. Click on the links below to see these award-winning works of art, as selected by the people of JordanCon.

Art Show Award Winners and Artist Guests of Honor


2017

Artist Guest of Honor: Stephen Hickman

Judges' Choice Award
Angela Sasser for "Lady of November"
Creating the "Lady of November"

  • People's Choice Award, Best Wheel of Time Art
    Paul Bielaczyc for "May You Always Find Water & Shade"
    May You Always Find Water & Shade
  • People's Choice Award, Best Non-Wheel-of-Time Art
    Melissa Gay for "The Styx Nebula"
    The Styx Nebula
  • People's Choice Award, Best 3D Art
    Lisa Sell for "Snow Gryphon"
    Snow Gryphon


2016

Artist Guest of Honor: John Picacio

Judges' Choice Award
Sam Flegal for "King's New Crown"
Creating "King's New Crown"

  • People's Choice Award, Best Wheel of Time Art
    Ariel Burgess for "Saving the Hornsounder"
    Saving the Hornsounder
  • People's Choice Award, Best Non-Wheel-of-Time Art
    Paul Bielaczyc for "Just your Imagination"
    Just Your Imagination
  • People's Choice Award, Best 3D Art
    Linda Taglieri for "Nynaeve", a quarter-scale, fully costumed character doll
    Nynaeve


2015

Artist Guest of Honor: Todd Lockwood

Judges' Choice Award
Amanda Makepeace for "Renascentia"
Renascentia

  • People's Choice Award, Best Wheel of Time Art
    Ariel Burgess for "Mat Cauthon: Son of Battles" poster
    Mat Cauthon: Son of Battles
  • People's Choice Award, Best Non-Wheel-of-Time Art
    Sam Flegal for "Liberty or Death"
    Liberty or Death
  • People's Choice Award, Best 3D Art
    Amy Romanczuk for "The White Tower Collection" of psanky eggs
    The White Tower Collection


2014

Artist Guest of Honor: Larry Elmore

Judges' Choice Award
Sam Flegal for "Elf Gate"
"Elf Gate" prints

  • People's Choice Award, Best Wheel of Time Art
    Ariel Burgess for "Rand" from The Officially Licensed Wheel of Time Calendar (2014)
    Rand al' Thor, The Dragon Reborn
  • People's Choice Award, Best Non-Wheel-of-Time Art
    Melissa Gay for "Medusa at Home"
    Medusa at Home
  • People's Choice Award, Best 3D Art
    Paige Gardner for her "Siri" mask
    Siri


2013

Artist Guest of Honor: Michael Whelan

Judges' Choice Award
Edsel Arnold for "Selene"
"Selene" prints

  • People's Choice Award, Best Wheel of Time Art
    Joe O'Hara for "The Last Battle"
    The Last Battle
  • People's Choice Award, Best Non-Wheel-of-Time Art
    Paul Bielaczyc for "Counter This"
    Counter This
  • People's Choice Award, Best 3D Art
    Linda Taglieri for "Four Faces of a Volcano"
    Four Faces of a Volcano


2012 – Inaugural Year for the JordanCon Art Show

Artist Guest of Honor: Sam Weber

Judges' Choice Award
Joe O'Hara for "Wheel of Time Characters," an entire panel of 18 original Wheel of Time character portraits (two of which are shown below).
"Wheel of Time Characters" portrait prints

  • People's Choice Award, Best Wheel of Time Art
    Paul Bielaczyc for "Prince of Ravens"
    Prince of Ravens
  • People's Choice Award, Best Non-Wheel-of-Time Art
    Sam Weber for "Mistborn"
    Mistborn
  • People's Choice Award, Most Unique
    Dim Horizon Studio for "Blood River"


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