Westercon 72's Artist Guest of Honor - Vinncent Villafranca

 

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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

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Committee Gallery
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Which Convention is Next?

Find out where our flyers will be, tables, parties or us!
Salt Lake Comic Con

Salt Lake Comic Con Salt Lake City, Utah

Dates: September 21 - 23rd, 2017

Location: Salt Palace Convention Center

It might be hard to notice us at our table with celebrities like Dick Van Dyke, Jon Bernthal, Wil Wheaton, and Elijah Wood walking around.

Make sure to get a peek at our 2019 author GOH Jim Butcher!

SaltLakeComicCon.com

Fencon 2017

Fencon 2017 Dallas, Texas

September 22 - 24th, 2017

Location: the Westin DFW in Irving. (That's at SH 114 and Ester's Road in Irving

Fencon offers to take you 'Beyond the Stars'. Because everything is bigger in Texas, we have to attack them with SMOFS and take no prisoners!

Our advisors will spread the flyers, love, and call for support from the home state of our artist GOH, Vincent Villafranca.

Fencon.org

Snake River Comic Con

Snake River Comic Con Pocatello, ID

Dates: September 29 - October 1st, 2017

Location: Mountain View Event Center 1567 Way to Grace

Trek the three hours north of Salt Lake, to Pocatello Idaho to find a hidden mecca of fan fun with our Bid Chair, Ben Hatcher.

We will have a table in Clarion (hall or hotel tbd) near where Ben will talk about Dr. Who and Supernatural.

This is your last chance to get our membership pricing at this event, before price increases Sept. 30th.

SnakeRiverComicCon.com

LUW

League of Utah Writers Fall Conference Salt Lake City, Utah

October 6-7th, 2017 Please join us to hear from our special guests, Kevin J. Anderson, J.H. Moncrieff, Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary, and Angie Hodapp of Nelson Literary Agency. More agents, professional authors, poets, editors, and publishers round out the exciting program including hands-on workshops.

League of Utah Writers