Locus Award Winner

The Locus Magazine Awards were given out on Saturday and I was named ‘Best Artist’ of the year. I really wanted to be at the awards ceremony out in seattle but on-going work on the ‘Midsummer’ statue kept me close to home instead. At the very last moment I sent the lovely Amelia Beamer (editor of THE SF/Fantasy trade magazine) my acceptance speach. It was so very late that I don’t know yet if anyone managed to read it at the ceremony but here it is:

Anyways, such as it is, here’s my acceptance speech in absentia for my first Locus Award, for Artist of the Year (2007):

“As much as I wanted to be here today and share the good times and splendid conversations with you all, I just couldn’t manage to squeeze any time to do so out of my crazy schedule. As some of you may know, I’m deep into sculpting and pouring the bronze for a fountain installation based on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ Right now my co-workers and I are wrestling with the nine foot figure of Titania, who is proving to be a very demanding Queen of the Faeries indeed.

Surprised doesn’t say half of what I feel right now. I’m humbled actually, to, at least metaphorically, be standing in the midst of the fine group of writers and artists that have won these current awards, as well as all those that have preceeded us.

Day after day every one of the nominated artists (and many more besides) face the same scary, blank sheet of paper that I do. We all struggle to scribe some sort of cohesive marks onto paper or canvas or whatever the chosen medium is. All of us have the same goal: that of translating our inner visions onto that surface and thus sharing it with you, the reader. Sometimes the artist that pursues that goal can be more successful than not. This year, judging by this gracious award, I’ve been having a very good time.

Thank you all very much.”

And here’s a link to the full list of winners:


8 Responses to “Locus Award Winner”

  1. Scott Conner says:

    Wow! That’s fantastic news, and well-deserved!

  2. Dave66 says:

    A true honer for my favorite artist. It was about time . . .

  3. Curt Phillips says:

    Congratulations on the 2008 Locus Award, Charles! Well done indeed.

    Curt Phillips

  4. Malcolm says:

    congratulations Charles!! I knew you could make a career out of this art thing….:)

  5. hollybird says:

    Congrats to you, Charles! About time indeed. Always knew those Locus readers had class!

  6. Randi says:

    What Scott said, with an added what do you mean they hadn’t already?

    FYI, if you’re interested in ancient history, I’ve uncovered a disk with files from a previous version of this site.

    I’m assuming you’ve more than moved on from such, but if you’re curious let me know.

  7. orchard says:

    Congratulations! It’s very much deserved. I am extremely honored to be involved in the Totoro Project with you. Your piece is beautiful.
    Eric Orchard.

  8. Kristina says:

    Congratulations Charles! Ditto for the being well- deserved. I don’t know if the award jury knew how hard you worked this year- but I’m sure glad they recognized the results.

    The statue is looking amazing, BTW. I hope the Wyrd Ladies of NY can make a pilgrimage to see it when it’s unveiled. :)

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.