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Artist in fannish terms refers strictly to creators of visual arts — illustrators, painters and sculptors.

Fandom divides artists into fan artists and pro artists, with the only differences being the level of economic gain for pro artists and the prospect of sales as a motivation for the work. Minor sales at convention art shows don’t kick an artist out of the fanartist category, but exhibitions in commercial galleries or, especially, being paid for publication does.

However, fan art can be done by a pro artist if it is done for love and not money. Pros who contribute to fanzines are eligible for Best Fan Artist Hugos.

This is a fanspeak page. Please extend it by adding information about when and by whom it was coined, whether it’s still in use, etc.