Westercon 72's Artist Guest of Honor - Vinncent Villafranca

 

VV Cropped
 
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. 
 
 
Some of the beautiful craftmanship and artwork on the Villafranca Sculpture Webpage. 
 
Astronaut 4 4 2017 Gremlin Bell 1 Halfling with a torch April 19 2017 Orbiting the Helix 1 award2017
 Astronaut  4/4/2017  Gremlin Bell

 (2D) Halfling w/ Torch

 Orbiting the Helix  World Fantasy Award Design 2017

 

 

Vincent Casting Bronze

casting bronze 10 2009

What is a Westercon?
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

In the Works...

Committee Gallery
Images of our committee to show how we are tackling the job and how crazy we can be!

Which Convention is Next?

Find out where our flyers will be, tables, parties or us!
Orycon 39

Orycon 39 Portland, Oregon

Dates: November 17 - 19th, 2017

Location: The Red Lion Hotel - Jantzen Beach

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. Be sure to catch a peek at our tshirts and facility brochures.

Orycon 39

Loscon 44

Loscon 44 2017 Los Angeles, CA

November 24 - 26th, 2017

Location: Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel

In support of Loscon, and the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society who holds the service mark for Westercon, we sent a team of expert infiltrators to inform you all about our convention and pass out flyers, ribbons, and data to make your membership getting convenient. If you are a member stop by for a ribbon while they last!

Loscon 44

Midwest Fur Fest

Midwest Fur Fest Rosemont, Il

Dates: November 30th - December 3rd, 2017

Location: Hyatt Regency OHare

Our super sneaky tech guru, Wolfsinger, is going to pass out flyers to show we are interested in all types of fandom everywhere across North America and beyond.

Midwest Fur Fest

Smofcon 35

Smofcon 35 - Boston Boston, MA

December 1 - 3rd, 2017

Location: Back Bay Hilton, Boston

It's official, our Convention Chair - Kate Hatcher is hopping a plane with her 'run you over' wheelchair. She hopes to ply the experienced movers and shakers of con running with drinks, charm, information, ribbons, shirts, and promise of excitement. To do this Kate will even brave the Fannish Inquisition while promising not to worry.... I mean they are only people who have been running worldcons for a long....long...time.... lol

Smofcon 35