Art Show Awards

Each year the JordanCon Art Show awards four awards to recognize the most outstanding works by our exhibiting artists. The art and artists winning these awards each year, as well as our Artist Guests of Honor who helped award these honors, are documented below.

The first 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. However, 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 certificate. You can see photos of many of these award winners over the years in the list below.

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 Silent Auction. 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 certificate and a medal.



Art Show Award Winners and Artist Guests of Honor


2016

Artist Guest of Honor: John Picacio

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


2015

Artist Guest of Honor: Todd Lockwood

Judges' Choice Award
Amanda Makepeace for "Renascentia:"
Renascentia


2014

Artist Guest of Honor: Larry Elmore

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


2013

Artist Guest of Honor: Michael Whelan

Judges' Choice Award
Edsel Arnold for "Selene"
http://tinyurl.com/Arnold-Selene

  • People's Choice Award, Best Wheel of Time Art
    Joe O'Hara for "The Last Battle"
  • People's Choice Award, Best Non-Wheel-of-Time Art
    Paul Bielaczyc for "Counter This"
    http://tinyurl.com/Bielaczyc-CounterThis
  • People's Choice Award, Best 3D Art
    Linda Taglieri for "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).
http://studiojohara.blogspot.com/