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New England Science Fiction Association

Official Artist

Julie Dillon

Julie Dillon

Hi! My name is Julie Dillon, and I’m a freelance artist living in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been drawing most of my life, but I officially kicked off my professional career in 2006 and have been working steadily since then to keep learning, growing, and challenging myself artistically. I love finding the magic in the world around me, and try to use bold color and fantastical narratives to express that. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and exploring nature, making pottery, and volunteering at a local equine rescue.

I received my BFA in Fine Arts from Sacramento State University in 2005, with continued education at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco and Watts Atelier.

Visit Julie’s art portfolio.


Awards and Honors:

  • 2017 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist
  • 2017 Chesley Award for “At Galaxy’s Edge” for “Best Paperback Illustration”
  • 2017 Locus Award for Best Artist
  • 2016 British Fantasy Award for Best Artist
  • 2016 Alfie Award for Best Artist
  • 2016 Locus Award for “Best Art Book” for “Imagined Realms Book 2: Earth and Sky”
  • 2015 Hugo Award Winner for Best Professional Artist
  • 2015 Chesley Award Winner for “Beneath the Surface” in Best Hardcover Illustration (published in “Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology” edited by Brandon Sanderson; Dragonsteel Entertainment, June 2014)
  • 2015 Chesley Award Winner for “Diver’s Haul” in Best Magazine Illustration (published in Analog Magazine, April 2014)
  • 2015 Winner of Best Color 2D Art at Sasquan (WorldCon 73)
  • 2015 Winner of Best in Show at NorWesCon Art show
  • 2014 Hugo Award Winner for Best Professional Artist
  • 2013 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Professional Artist
  • 2013 Art Show Winner at LoneStarCon (WorldCon 71)
  • 2012 and 2014 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Artist
  • 2011 Chesley Award Winner for “The Dala Horse” in Best Interior Illustration Art.
  • Winner of Best Color Work, Best Artist, and Best in Show at ArmadilloCon Art Show.
  • 2010 Chesley Award Winner for “Planetary Alignment” in Best Unpublished Color, and 2010 Chesley Nominee for “Honeycomb” in Best Magazine Art.
  • Included in Spectrum 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, and 23.

Other Featured Guests

Joe Abercrombie
Guest of Honor
Sheree Renée Thomas
Special Guest
Marc Gunn
Musical Guest
Ursula Vernon
NESFA Press Guest
Mike Brotherton
Hal Clement Science Speaker
Christian Ready
Hal Clement Science Speaker