ArmadilloCon is honored to welcome artist, designer and art director Lauren Raye Snow as our 2022 Artist Guest!
Lauren Raye Snow came to wider attention in the SF world as a Mexicanx Intiative selectee, attending WorldCon 76 in San Jose. Shortly thereafter, ASFA President Sara Felix selected her art for inclusion in the show Infinite Worlds: The Art of the Fantastic at Dougherty Arts Center in Austin. In April, 2019, her work was part of A Gallery of Ice and Fire: A Game of Thrones Inspired Art Show in San Antonio, along with works by John Jude Palencar, John Picacio, Gary Villarreal, and more.
Her work Anima Sola I, which was revealed at the 2019 show “Oddities of San Antonio,” was nominated for a 2020 Chesley Award.
She currently serves as Art Director for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). A gorgeous new piece of hers is the featured art for the 2022 Nebula Awards!
Cat’s out of the bag! The 2022 @sfwa Nebula Conference Star Deity has arrived! This year’s Deity was challenging, but I think the hours I spent with her paid off. I’m proud of this work, and I hope she touches you somehow. pic.twitter.com/5TItgawMFT— Lauren Raye Snow (@laurenrayesnow) March 15, 2022
Another gorgeous piece by Snow is the cover art for Nebula Awards Showcase 55, released in late 2021:
"She is inspired by the Symbolists and the Pre-Raphaelites, by the Catholic and Indigenous religious icons of her native South Texas, and by works of terror and beauty in literature, myth, and music." -- RayeDraws
Lauren Raye Snow is also busy as an Art Director! In 2020, she led the brand redesign for the Nebulas. Per SFWA, the new look is “intended to be timeless, invoking both the WPA’s National Parks posters and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Space Tourism project… [capturing] the best of that pioneering spirit as 2020 launches SFWA into the future.” She has art directed each Nebula Conference since.
In 2021, she worked as Vice Chair of DisCon III, the 2021 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) in Washington, DC. During her tenure she also wore an Art Director hat, building a brand package to unify DisCon III’s visual communications.
Her work lingers on the liminal, inner moments of personal transformation of fear into power.
Lauren believes art-making is change-making, and that by viewing and reflecting on images of this transformation, we can confront unknown possibilities.
DisCon III program