Since 1994, Spectrum Fantastic Art has produced an annual compendium of the best art of the year as chosen by a jury of peers and industry veterans.  Artists must pay to submit a piece for consideration and having a piece selected for inclusion is a significant honor.  Only the best of the best get chosen to be published and ever since 1997, Magic artists have represented the game with amazing illustrations.

In addition to being included in the book, artists compete for Gold and Silver awards.  The jury nominates 5-6 select pieces in each category with the final decision and announcement made at the annual Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event.  Magic has had one Gold winner so far with Justin Sweet’s Centaur Chieftain in Spectrum 9 and each year we see more and more Magic art appearing in the Spectrum Annual.

Thanks go out to Mike Linnemann (@VorthosMike) and Jeremy Jarvis for their work on this subject on the Magic message boards.

Below are galleries of the Magic card art that has been chosen for Spectrum inclusion along with the original images, as available.

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Spectrum 1

Spectrum 1 – 1994

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Spectrum 2

Spectrum 2 – 1995

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Spectrum 3

Spectrum 3 – 1996

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Spectrum 4

Spectrum 4 – 1997

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Spectrum 5

Spectrum 5 – 1998

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Spectrum 6

Spectrum 6 – 1999

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Spectrum 7

Spectrum 7 – 2000

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Spectrum 8

Spectrum 8 – 2001

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Spectrum 9

Spectrum 9 – 2002

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Spectrum 10

Spectrum 10 – 2003

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Spectrum 11

Spectrum 11 – 2004

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Spectrum 12

Spectrum 12 – 2005

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Spectrum 13

Spectrum 13 – 2006

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Spectrum 14

Spectrum 14 – 2007

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Spectrum 15 – 2008

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Spectrum 16

Spectrum 16 – 2009

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Spectrum 17

Spectrum 17 – 2010

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Spectrum 18

Spectrum 18 – 2011

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Spectrum 19

Spectrum 19 – 2012

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Spectrum 20

Spectrum 20 – 2013

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Spectrum 21

Spectrum 21 – 2014

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22

Spectrum 22 – 2015

 

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