Online ticket sales will end at 4pm on Friday, September 23. Tickets for the weekend must be purchased onsite after that time.
Imaginative Realism combines classical painting techniques with narrative subjects, focusing on the unreal, the unseen, and the impossible. In partnership with IX Arts organizers, the Delaware Art Museum will host the first IX Preview Weekend, celebrating Imaginative Realism and to kick off IX9–the annual groundbreaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to the genre. Imaginative Realism is the cutting edge of contemporary painting and illustration and often includes themes related to science fiction and fantasy movies, games, and books.
A pop-up exhibition and the weekend of events will feature over 16 contemporary artists internationally recognized for their contributions to Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Marvel, DC Comics, Blizzard Entertainment, and Wizards of the Coast, among others.
The weekend will also include after-hours events, performances, exclusive workshops with artists, talks, film screenings, artist signings, live demos, and games.
Ticket options **Includes admission to the Museum**
Member & Student
Weekend Pass (Sat & Sun includes films, does not include workshops or Kick-off Party)
Day pass (Sat or Sun, includes films, does not include workshops)
Friday Kick-off Party only
**Cosplay is encouraged for guests (no weapons, please). If you have cosplay parts that extend from the body, we ask that you check them in our coatroom before entering gallery spaces so we can keep the Museum’s artwork and other guests safe.
Friday, September 23
10:30 am – 11:30 am: Glory of Stories, Guest storyteller Ruth Sanderson – PAPA GATTO 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: IX Kick-off Party with Dr. Sketchy’s Philly costumed models and over 12 Rolling Revolution food trucks
Saturday, September 24
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Check-in and Expo 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: DEMO with Michael Whelan 10:15 am – 12:15 pm: WORKSHOP with Bob Eggleton 1 of 2 (pre-registration required) – Seascapes (see description below) 10:30 am – 11:15 am: ARTIST-LED TOUR with Steve Hickman 10:30 am – 11:30 am: Glory of Stories, Guest storyteller Ruth Sanderson 11:15 am – noon: SKETCHING Tour with Matthew Stewart 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: KEYNOTE – Dave Palumbo 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: DEMO with Jordu Schell 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: ARTIST-LED TOUR – Britt Snyder 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: WORKSHOP with Bob Eggleton 2 of 2 (pre-registration required) – Seascapes (see description below) 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm: Curator-led Tour with Delaware Art Museum curator Mary Holahan 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Magic the Gathering Game Night hosted by Days of Knights – For beginners and expert players. Details below 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm:Outdoor Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Sunday, September 25
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Check-in (until 2pm) and Expo 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: DEMO with Matt Stawicki (digital) 10:15 am – 12:15 pm: WORKSHOP with Donato Giancola SOLD OUT 10:30 am – 11:15 am: ARTIST-LED TOUR with Mark Zug 11:15 am – noon: SKETCHING Tour with Julie Bell 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm: KEYNOTE – Greg Hildebrandt 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: DEMO with Dorian Vallejo 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm: ARTIST-LED TOUR with William O’Connor 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: WORKSHOP Donato Giancola SOLD OUT 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm: Curator-led Tour with Delaware Art Museum Curator Mary Holahan 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm: FILM & DISCUSSION – Art of the Fantasticwith Bill Niemeyer and artists
Workshop with Bob Eggleton: Seascapes Sept 24 @ 10:15 am – 12:15 pm and 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
During this hands on demonstration and group painting salon, Bob Eggleton will walk participants through creating a seascape in acrylic paint with a nod to the ocean as ‘character’. Incorporated into the illustration storytelling aspect of this demonstration will be construction of the ocean as narrative using elements, from the subtle to the extreme, like sea monsters, antique ships, rocks, waves, clouds, lighting, and odd bits of flotsam and jetsam debris. Bob will share his own experience as well as that of his heroes, classic 19th and 20th century illustrators and fine art Masters. Pre-registration required. Supplies: Attendees should bring preferred acrylic painting setup, including brushes, paints, and paper/panels/boards
Magic the Gathering Game Night hosted by Days of Knights Sept 24 @ 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Join Days of Knights for Magic the Gathering demos and games! At the Anatomy of a Magic Card tables, learnhow to read a Magic Card and the many symbols and numbers associated with them. At the How to Design a Magic Deck tables, discover basic deck construction ideas and tips (Denial, Allies Assemble, Trample ‘Em, Spirits, Old School, etc.) Players can also join tournaments with eight-man single elimination events that will guarantee three rounds of play with a Days of Knights Gift Certificate and other prizes for the Winner! For beginners and advanced players.
Donato will share his knowledge and approach to producing skillfully drafted drawings. Pre-registration required.*
Supplies: Attendees should bring along their own preferred drawing utensils (pencils, paper,sketchbooks, etc) as well as a few favorite images/photos of themes they wish to create work upon. Alternative drawing supplies will also be available for use.
To view large images and caption information, click below.
Grand Moff Tarkin, Star Wars, no date. Jordu Schell, mixed media.
Crom, 2014. Matt Stawicki. Oil on masonite, 18 x 24 inches.
Portal, 2016. Donato Giancola. 60 in.x40 in. Oil on panel.
The Golden Key, 2015. Ruth Sanderson. Scratchboard on panel, 12 x 16 inches.
Dream Ripple. Dorian Vallejo, 2014. Oil on canvas, 71×75 inches.
Parent, no date Jordu Schell Mixed media
Moby Dick and the Sea Monster, 2012. Bob Eggleton. Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches.
In the Forest Under Night: Gwindor in the Taur Nu Fuin, 2014. Matthew Stewart. Oil on panel, 30 x 48 inches.
Smaug at the Lonely Mountain, 2015. Bob Eggleton. Oil on linen panel, 24 x 36 inches.
Bridge, 2016. Julie Bell. Oil on artist’s board, 30 x 30 inches.
The Archers, begun 1994, finished 2016. Stephen Hickman. Oil on canvas, 22 x 50 inches.
Parallels. Britt Snyder (b.1974). Oil on Board, 28 x 36.5 inches.
The Prisoner, 2016. Rebecca Guay. oil and resin on canvas, 24 x 24 inches.
Maid of Orleans, 2016 William O’Conner oil on wood panel, 24 x 48 inches
The Road Awaits, 2000. Boris Vallejo. Oil on artist’s board, 25 x 25 inches.
Gift of Galadriel, 1977. Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. Acrylic on board, 40 x 38 inches.
The Imaginative Realism tradition harkens back to many of the great 19th century Romantic, Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian artists such as John Martin, Edward Burne-Jones, and John William Waterhouse, and moves through many of the great Golden Age illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth, both well-represented in the Museum’s collection. Rarely seen fantasy works from Pyle and other Golden Age illustrators not usually on view will be displayed in the Museum’s permanent collection galleries during IX Preview Weekend.
With the mass exposure to imaginative subjects that has come with science fiction and fantasy movies, games, and books throughout the 20th century and up to the present, the imagery of these artists is more deeply embedded in the public consciousness and popular culture than ever before.
Greg Hildebrandt is best known for his work on the world-famous poster for Star Wars, the best-selling calendars illustrating J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the fantasy novel Urshurak. He also worked on advertising art, hundreds of classic children’s books, the covers of numerous fantasy and science fiction novels, and Marvel and DC Comics.
Boris Vallejo’s works are known and loved around the world. He is famous for his illustrations of Tarzan, Conan the Barbarian, Doc Savage, and many other fantasy characters, as well as movie poster illustration, advertisement illustration, and artwork for collectibles, trading cards, and sculpture.
Julie Bell is a world-renowned, award-winning fantasy artist and wildlife painter. Julie has won two Chesley Awards and was the designer of the popular and award-winning series Dragons of Destiny. She also has won numerous first-place awards in the Art Renewal Center’s International Salon and was named a Living Master.
Michael Whelan has created book and album covers for authors and musicians for 40 years, including Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, the Jacksons, and Meat Loaf. His clients have included every major U.S. book publisher, the National Geographic Society, CBS Records, and the Franklin Mint. As one of the most honored artist in science fiction, Michael has won 15 Hugo Awards, three World Fantasy Awards, and 13 Chesleys from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art named him a Grand Master in 2004.
Matt Stewart graduated with a BFA in illustration from Parsons School of Design in 1999 and turned his fascination with fantasy art into a career, working for book publishers and gaming companies, such as Wizards of the Coast, Upper Deck, Tor Books, and Duirwaigh Gallery. His work can be seen in multiple Spectrum Annuals, and has won multiple Chesley Awards.
Dorian Vallejo’s career began formally in his late teens when he began receiving commissions from publishing houses in New York while attending the School of Visual Arts. His love of traditional media and the figure drew him to portraiture and to focus on personal work, where he explores his other artistic interests. These days Dorian spends most of his time creating paintings and drawings for sale through galleries.
William O’Connor is the author and illustrator of the best-selling Dracopedia book trilogy and has produced over 5,000 illustrations for the gaming and publishing business for over 25 years. He has worked with such companies as Wizards of the Coast, Impact Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Sterling Publishing, Lucasfilm, and Activision. He has won over 30 industry awards for artistic excellence. William has taught and lectured around the country about his varied artwork; he is also a regular contributor to the popular art blog Muddy Colors and exhibits his work at such industry shows as IX, New York Comic Con, and Gen Con.
Rebecca Leveille-Guay is a graduate of Pratt Institute. Rebecca has been in group shows at R. Michelson Galleries, Allentown Art Museum, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, and Jonathan LeVine Gallery. She has been a guest artist/speaker at Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Massachusetts, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Fordham University. Rebecca has also been a guest instructor at Pratt Institute, and a guest artist by invitation to shows and events in Melbourne (Australia), Paris, Nagoya and Osaka (Japan), and Valencia, San Fernando, and Torrelavega (Spain). Her work has been reproduced in Juxtapoz magazine and featured in online articles with Juxatpoz.com and HiFructose.com.
Bob Eggleton is a successful science fiction, fantasy, and landscape artist. Winner of nine Hugo Awards, 12 Chesley Awards, 1999 Skylark Award, and two Locus Awards, his art can be seen on many magazines and books, including The First Men in the Moon by H.G.Wells, Dragonhenge (2002), and The Stardragons (2005). Bob has also worked as a conceptual illustrator for movies such as Sphere (1998), Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (2001), and The Ant Bully (2006), and the thrill ride Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas. He has been elected as a Fellow of The International Association of Astronomical Artists, and is a Fellow of The New England Science Fiction Association.
Jordu Schellhas been in the film and television industry since 1987. His talent as a designer and sculptor is world renowned, and his credits include: Avatar, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, 300, Hellboy, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, Men in Black, The Mist, Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, Alien: Resurrection, The X-Files Movie, Predator II, Galaxy Quest, Evolution, and many more. He also designed Emmy award-winning creature makeup and the first fully digital creature for a television series for Babylon 5.
Donato Giancola teaches at the School of Visual Arts, at Amherst College (Illustration Master Class), and online for the SmArt School. He appears at various institutions and conventions, from San Diego to Rome to Moscow. Since 1993, Donato has developed a list of clients that range from major book publishers and concept design firms, including the United Nations, Lucasfilm, National Geographic, CNN, DC Comics, Microsoft, Playboy Magazine, U.S. Postal Service, Wizards of the Coast, Scholastic, Tor Books, Random House, Time/Warner, and the Syfy Channel. He has received the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, and 20 Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
David Palumbo aims to craft a moody world rich in mystery and danger. He is interested in atmospheric scenes, which combine a modern psychology and texture with a classic painterly and expressive hand. His work can be found on book covers and gaming cards and has been honored with multiple awards, including a Chesley and several Spectrum medals. In addition to genre illustration, his work is featured fine art galleries from New York to Paris, and he has published several collections of his personal paintings.
Mark Zug’s formative inspirations were N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, J. C. Leyendecker, and others of the Brandywine illustration tradition. His work was first published in 1994 with I, Robot: The Illustrated Screenplay by Harlan Ellison. His artwork has appeared on the covers of novels for Eberron and Forgotten Realms. His work has also appeared in Popular Science, Dragon, Dungeon, Duelist, Inquest, and Star Wars Gamer. He has illustrated for Shadowrun, BattleTech, Dune, Magic: The Gathering, and World of Warcraft. In recent years, he has become the illustrator of the best-selling Septimus Heap series of fantasy novels by Angie Sage. He holds a Jack Gaughan Award, a Chesley Award, and an Illie Award.
Ruth Sanderson’s love of fairy tales and fantasy began when she was a child, reading her father’s battered copy of Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Ruth has illustrated over 80 books for children, and her fairy tales have received much acclaim. Her work can also be found on book covers, collector’s plates, puzzles, and greeting cards, and she has exhibited in museums, galleries, and numerous science fiction and fantasy conventions. Ruth was the Artist Guest of Honor at the 2011 World Fantasy Convention, and received the Inkpot Award at the 2013 San Diego Comi-Con. The original artwork from her book The Twelve Dancing Princesses is now in the permanent collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Stephen Hickmanhas been illustrating science fiction and fantasy for four decades. His work is inspired by the masters of fantasy and science fiction writing, including J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Clark Ashton Smith. His illustrations have been used as cover work for many contemporary writers: Stephen Brust, Hal Colbatch, Tom Cool, Gordon Dickson, David Drake, Harlan Ellison, Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Jerry Pournelle, and Steve Stirling, among others. Hickman’s work has earned him critical acclaim, including a World Science Fiction Convention’s Hugo Award, six Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, and two Spectrum Gold Awards.
Matt Stawicki’s aesthetic is greatly influenced by Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, and Maxfield Parrish. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Matt graduated from the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design in 1991. Since beginning his professional career, he has created many images for a wide range of products, including book covers, video game covers, collectible cards, CD cover art, and many other fantasy products. Matt’s work has been showcased in The Masters of Dragonlance Art and Dragon Art and select clients include Daw Books, Tor Books and Time/Warner Books, Monte Cook Games, Milton-Bradley, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, Vivendi Games, The Franklin Mint, and The Bradford Exchange. His art can also be seen at various pop culture conventions such as DragonCon, GenCon, and IX.
Britt Snyder Britt Snyder is an oil painter in the Boston area and has been featured in Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, High Fructose, ImagineFX Magazine, Southwest Art, American Art Collector, and was awarded the 2014 Rising Stars Award through Muddy Colors blog for his oil paintings. Britt is the 2016 Grand Prize awardee of The Artist’s Magazine all media competition. He has 14 years experience as a commercial artist for companies such as SONY, THQ, Blizzard Entertainment, and many others.
Launched in 2008, IX is the first, groundbreaking art show, symposium, and celebration dedicated solely to Imaginative Realism–bringing artists, students, collectors, and art fans together for an annual gathering intended to inspire and create further awareness and zeal for Imaginative Realism and the realm of the fantastic.
IX is the world’s largest gathering of artists, students, and collectors of Imaginative Realist art. Each year, over 200 artists come to IX from around the world for five days to exhibit their work, finding inspiration and buyers in equal measure. Over the years, the show has been attended by artists from all over the United States, Canada, Spain, Australia, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Croatia, and the Netherlands–featuring well over 1,000 pieces of original art and countless books, prints, and other materials each year. In addition, art collectors from as far away as the United Kingdom and continental Europe attend annually.
IX 9 will be held in Reading, Pennsylvania at the GoogleWorks Center for the Arts October 19 – 23, 2016. For more information, visit imaginativerealism.org.