Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series: Illustrator John Picacio

Little Theater - 10/18/16 - 10/18/16

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Calendar Cover art by John Picacio for "A Song of Ice and FIre"

The arresting and diverse art of Hugo Award-winning illustrator John Picacio has graced countless published works and gallery walls. 

The artist will be on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville Tuesday, October 18, as part of the university’s Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series. 

Picacio will give a free public lecture from 11 a.m.-noon in the Little Theatre. He plans to speak about his work and influences, and show some of his pieces. 

Following the lecture, from 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m., Picacio will offer a student-only Drawing Workshop and Demonstration in room 117 of the Speech Building. Texas A&M-Kingsville students of any major are welcome to attend this free event. It is limited to twenty students, on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

About John Picacio

John Picacio is one of the most acclaimed American artists in science fiction, fantasy, and horror publishing over the last decade. He illustrated the best-selling, Chesley Award-winning 2012 George R. R. Martin/A Song of Ice and Fire calendar, and has created iconic cover art for books by Michael Moorcock, Harlan Ellison, Lauren Beukes, Mark Chadbourn, James Dashner, Robert Silverberg, Sheri Tepper, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Dan Simmons, Joe R. Lansdale, Jeffrey Ford, Frederik Pohl, James Tiptree, Jr., and many more, along with the Star Trek and X-Men franchises. 

Clients include Penguin/Random House, HarperCollins, Tor Books, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Pyr, Ace Books, Dark Horse Comics, and more. 

Winner of the 2012 and 2013 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist, his accolades include seven Chesley Awards, two Locus Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, the Inkpot Award, and the World Fantasy Award. He is the owner of Lone Boy, a media company housing his creator-owned art ventures, including Loteria – a bold new imagining of the classic Mexican bingo game, featuring new Picacio artworks. 

This October, he will be one of the six featured artists at this year's Worlds Beyond Gallery in San Antonio, a debut venture from Alamo City Comic Con and the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, and a must-see for art fans everywhere. 

About the Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series

The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is a year-long program of art, music and theatre performances that bring culture and variety to Kingsville for faculty, staff, students and community audiences. The series strives to provide a new element of learning outside the classroom for students as they are entertained and educated through diverse mediums. Community members are welcome to continue life-long learning by attending these events. 

For more information about the Texas A&M-Kingsville Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series, contact the Office of Student Activities at 361-593-2760.