Westercon 72's Artist Guest of Honor - Vinncent Villafranca
Vincent Villafranca has been sculpting and making things since he was a kid in the early 1970’s. While working on a History degree in the late 1980’s, he took a sculpture course as an elective and was introduced to the art of bronze-casting and became hooked. He spent most of the 1990’s making wildlife and Western art.
Vincent attended his first convention in the summer of 2004, ArmadilloCon in Austin, Texas. After seeing that there was an art exhibit at the convention, he began focusing on making fantastic and otherworldly imagery. He started exhibiting his bronze sculptures at conventions in Texas, and eventually at World Fantasy and WorldCon.
In 2009 SFWA (Science fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) commissioned Vincent to design the Ray Bradbury Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. In 2013 he designed the base for the Hugo Award. And most recently, his design won as the new World Fantasy Award.
Vincent has won numerous Chesley Awards for his sculptures. He regularly attends IlluXCon, World Fantasy, WorldCon and several Texas conventions.
In 1948, Walter J. “Doc” Daugherty of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society proposed that an annual West Coast convention be started for West Coast fans who couldn’t afford to travel east each year. The first Westercon was held in September, 1948. It was a one-day event with an attendance of 77. It wasn’t until 1951 that the Westercon became a weekend-long event, settled into the July 4th holiday and began traveling to different cities. For a full history and traditions of this regional event, please visit Westercon.org
Ben Hatcher talked with programming and asked for a couple of panels to expand deeper into Fan Fiction as his primary writing focus.
Fan Fiction Panels
So many things to see, so little time...
The committee is hard at work deciding what off-site excursions to offer. Personal chauffeured wine tasting around the Salt Lake Valley? Horseback riding on Antelope Island? Hill Air Force Base Plane Museum, or even Promontory Point? email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a say.
Liz is hard at work trying to get input on the secondary dance we are holding besides Regency. Anyone up for a Furry Ball or Anime-Themed Dance??
Dan Evans, part of Utah Steampunk Society, has started building ramps to use for our convention Teapot Racing! (and other things as who doesn't want their own ramps?)
Teapot Racing Anyone?
Images of our committee to show how we are tackling the job and how crazy we can be!
Our Programming Dept. Head - Elizabeth Vann-Clark hopes to say hello, dazzle you with everything we have planned and ply you with ribbons or artwork. Our chair, treasurer, artists and social media will also be there reminding you to get your membership early and presupport our NASFiC bid.