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Art Awards
Awards won by MANDEM or by publications featuring MANDEM's artwork.

» Nominated: Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship Nominee — October, 2014.
» Finalist: Florence Teaching Award, Florida State University — October, 2014.
» Second Place: PINNACLE National Juried Art Competition, Foster-Tanner Fine Arts Gallery — September, 2014
» Winner: Professional Development Award, FSU Museum of Fine Arts — Summer, 2014
» Winner: First Place Award, Summer Annual Exhibit, Museum of Fine Arts — May, 2014
» Winner: Juror's Merit Award, LaGrange National XXVII Exhibit — February, 2014
» Nominated: Best Artist/Illustrator, Steampunk Chronicle's 2013 Reader's Choice Awards — March, 2014
» Winner: Honorable Mention, Creative Tallahassee 2013 Exhibition — April, 2013
» First Place: Student Submissions, DragonCon 2013 Art Show — 2013
» Semi-Finalist: The Make Ugly Contest, American Legacy Foundation National Art Contest — 2013
» Nominated: Best Artist/Illustrator, Steampunk Chronicle's 2013 Reader's Choice Awards — March, 2013
» Winner: 1st Place, Nationwide Spooky Art Contest (3 Categories) — October, 2012
» Second Place: Nationwide Spooky Art Contest (1 Category) — October, 2012
» Semi-Finalist: Nationwide Spooky Art Contest (2 Categories) — October, 2012
» Winner: Best in Show - Expression, DigiTech 2012 Showcase — March, 2012
» Nominated: Best Artist/Illustrator, Steampunk Chronicle's 2012 Reader's Choice Awards — March, 2012
» Winner: Fine Art America's "Digital Goddess" Art Contest — March, 2012
» Second Place: Best Artwork in an RPG (Airship Pirates), UKRP 2011 Gaming Awards — February, 2012
» Nominated: Best Artwork (Airship Pirates), Diehard GameFAN's 2011 Tabletop Gaming Awards — December, 2011
» Second Place: Fine Art America's "Crazy for Horses" Art Contest — October, 2011
» Winner: Tallahassee Community College Design Contest — December, 2007

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Airship Pirates Awards
These are additional awards for Abney Park's Airship Pirates by Cakebread & Walton. While these are not specifically art awards, these honors reflect on MANDEM as a leading artist for this book. Buy Airship Pirates.

» Winner: Best Role-Playing Game, Steampunk Chronicle's Reader's Choice Awards — April, 2014
» Winner: Best Steampunk Card/Board Game [for Terror of the Skies], Steampunk Chronicle's Reader's Choice Awards — April, 2014
» Winner: Best Role-Playing Game, UK Games Expo Awards — May, 2012
» Winner: Best Game, Steampunk Chronicle's Reader's Choice Awards — March, 2012
» Nominated: Best Roleplaying Game, 38th Annual Origins Awards (The Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design)— March, 2012
» Winner: Best Core Rulebook, Diehard GameFAN's 2011 Tabletop Gaming Awards — December, 2011

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Billboard Charts
MANDEM did cover and interior art for the full-length album ("DreamCypher" by The Crüxshadows) from which these singles were released. These are the peak chart positions. Buy DreamCypher.

» #1 "Sophia" (U.S. Hot Dance Singles Sales) — Issue Date: September 23, 2006
» #7 "Sophia" (U.S. Hot 100 Singles Sales) — Issue Date: September 23, 2006
» #1 "Birthday" (U.S. Hot Dance Singles Sales) — Issue Date: September 22, 2007
» #2 "Birthday" (U.S. Hot 100 Singles Sales) — Issue Date: September 22, 2007
» #23 "Sophia" (U.S. Hot 100 Singles Sales) — Issue Date: September 22, 2007

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Miscellaneous Awards
These awards are for other publications and projects with contributions from MANDEM.

» Quarter Finalist: Casey Shay Press, Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize (Cover Art for With This Ring by Allie Marini Batts) — July, 2012

 

MANDEM is a symbiotic pair of transdigital -punk artists, Maize Arendsee and Moco Steinman, working in both digital art and traditional art mediums such as oil painting, mische technique, mixed media, and acrylics. Our themes include: mythpunk and mythology; steampunk and alternative history; cyberpunk and human-animal-machine hybrids; gothic, horror, and dark fantasy; monsters and chimeras; and queer feminist art. Important visual influences include German Expressionism; influential sci-fi fantasy artists such as Brom and Giger, and traditional painters such as Maxfield Parrish, John Atkins Grimshaw, and the surrealist and visionary movements. Other influences include James Barrie (Peter Pan), Lewis Carroll, Lovecraft and other Gothic Victorian writers; Bertolt Brecht and epic theater (also theater of cruelty and theater of the absurd); Robert Graves, Mircea Eliade, and the great mythographers of the Gilded Age; Jungian philosophy; the ancient Greek and Roman poets — especially Euripides and Ovid; and epic modern myth-makers such as Tolkein, Clive Barker, Guillermo del Toro, George Romero, and Neil Gaiman. Our work has appeared in gallery shows and we have designed album or book art for the Cruxshadows ("Dreamcypher" and "Ethernaut"), Michael Schulman ("Home"), Abney Park ("Airship Pirates" RPG), and we designed the promotional art for the Dragon*Con 2012 Horror/Dark Fantasy Track.


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