ConQuesT 53 is pleased to announce Donato Giancola as our Artist Guest of Honor. He is the multiple Chesley, Hugo, and Spectrum award-winning artist/illustrator known for his classical realist interpretation of the worlds of George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien, and others, as well as gaming cards and countless book covers.

Donato Giancola

Donato Giancola. Photo by Greg Preston.

Donato’s passion for narrative art has seen his work grace the covers of over three hundred science fiction and fantasy novels, placed in hundreds of private and public collections, and landed numerous peer honors including three Hugo Awards, two Gold and six Silver Medals from Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, and recognition from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists with twenty-three Chesley Awards.  

Donato recognizes the significant cultural role played by art and makes personal efforts to contribute to the expansion and appreciation of genre works; to that end he serves as an instructor at the SmArt School, the Illustration Master Class, and lectures extensively at conventions and universities worldwide.  His current projects include themed works for exhibition at fine art galleries, ongoing commercial assignments, book projects for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, and explorations on his developing themes of Empathetic Robots and astronauts. https://donatoarts.com/

Middle-Earth, illustrated by Donato Giancola

Middle-Earth, illustrated by Donato Giancola

A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar illustrated by Donato Giancola

A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar illustrated by Donato Giancola

About ConQuesT 

The 2022 ConQuesT is the 53rd con sponsored by the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. The event focuses on the literary and artistic aspects of the genre, but includes a broad selection of events for fans, cosplayers, and creators (such as writers, artists, filmmakers, etc.).

ConQuesT, Kansas City’s longest-running fan-run science fiction convention, will be held in person May 27-29, 2022, (Memorial Day Weekend) at the Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo. marycatelynnc6.sg-host.comhttps://www.facebook.com/ConQuesTKC

ConQuesT is sponsored by the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. https://www.facebook.com/groups/kacsffs/ | http://kacsffs.org