Last month at the Spectrum 22 Awards ceremony (during Spectrum Fantastic Art Live), Scott Gustafson was presented with the 2015 Grand Master Award. It should surprise no one that I believe the honor is richly deserved.
Above: Only four of many limited edition prints featuring Scott's art that have been produced through the years by the Greenwich Workshop.
Above: Scott did not know that he was going to receive the Grand Master Award during the Spectrum 22 awards ceremony. So he was surprised to see his best friend Gary Gianni take the stage and start to tell a story about the creative process and someone he knew quite well. The last shot is of Scott and his wife Patty greeting well-wishers in the Folly Theater lobby immediately following the ceremony.
All photos courtesy of Sampsel Preston Photography.
Above: As mentioned earlier on MC, Spectrum Director John Fleskes came up with the idea of redesigning the awards this year ("Let's make the new awards a classic work of Fine Art!") and worked with renowned sculptors Kristine & Colin Poole to create the beautiful bronze Muse you see on the left. Several additional figures were added to the base to reflect Scott's career illustrating fairy tales. The photo of the award and the portrait of Scott are by Greg Preston.
The Spectrum Advisory Board will start to talk about next year's honoree in the coming months (criteria: must be living, must have a career exceeding 20 years, must have created a body of work of consistently high quality, must have influenced other artists with their work and professional attitude) and, naturally, we're always open to suggestions from artists and readers.
But in the meantime let's celebrate the accomplishments of one of our best, one of our own: 2015 Grand Master Scott Gustafson!