Due to the public health risk of COVID-19, Minicon 55 has been postponed until April 2-4, 2021. Please read the statement from the chairs for more information.

Art Show

Creative works of science fiction and fantasy, displayed for all to see.

Overview

The Minicon 55 art show is a non-juried show open to all artists who’d like to submit artwork in a science fiction and/or fantasy theme. Regardless of what media you work in — traditional, digital, fiber, sculpture, etc. — you are welcome. Most art is for sale, although some may be just for show. Art can be bid upon or, if the artists chooses, be immediately purchased at a set price.

Volunteer!

Volunteers are needed for Thursday set-up, Sunday tear down, and lunch breaks. Artists who volunteer for Art Show set-up will also have the option of hanging their art on Thursday. Contact for more information on volunteering for the Art Show.

Mail in art

Minicon offers an option for artists to mail in their art prior to the convention. The option may be used whether or not you are attending the convention. All art must be received by April 3, 2020 for it to be included in the Minicon Art Show. Please contact he Art Show head at for information on how to send in your art.

Calling All Young Artists!

All artists under the age of 18 can display their art for free at the Minicon art show (no display fees). Please limit the number of pieces you submit to 5 per person due to limited space. All other art show rules below apply.

Information for Art Show Visitors

Stop by and see the work of our talented artists! If you’re interested in purchasing any works, here are some things to keep in mind:

Art Show Sections

  • The Art Show has two sections, the Gallery and the Print Shop.
  • Gallery works may be for display only, or may be purchasable by bidding and/or Direct Sale.
  • The Print Shop contains prints and reproductions available for a set price.

Bidding and Direct Sales

  • A Minicon member badge number is required for bidding or Direct Sales, and the bidder must have contact information available through their badge number.
  • There will be no art pick-up/purchase by auction winners before Sunday.
  • Direct Sales
    • Any piece that has a direct sales price may be purchased at that price as long as there are no bids on it. The item will then be marked as sold and will no longer be eligible for future bidding.
  • Bidding
    • Bidding takes place through a silent auction format.
    • Bid sheets are marked with the highest bid by bidders who want the piece by auction.
    • The highest bidder at Art Show Closing Time on Saturday is the auction winner.
    • A list of winning bidders will be posted outside the Art Show after the show closes on Saturday.
    • There will be NO live auction for Minicon 55.

Print Shop

  • Print Shop items are paid for and taken at the time of purchase.
  • Print shop items are not eligible for auction.

Pickup and Payment

  • Art purchased via direct sale or auction will remain on display until Sunday.
  • Pieces won at auction will be available for pickup starting Sunday Morning. Payment is due at this time. Pickup MUST be made by the close of the Art Show on Sunday.
  • Art purchased from the print shop must be taken immediately.
  • Minicon accepts cash, check, and credit card. Payment made by cash or check is handled directly by the Art Show. Credit card sales are handled by Dreamhaven Books in the adjacent dealers area.
  • Artwork that is won by auction but not paid for by the close of the art show Sunday will be returned to the artist as unsold.
  • Minicon will not deliver artwork to auction winners.

Information for Artists

General Rules and Guidelines

  • Regardless of what media you work in — traditional, digital, fiber, sculpture, etc. — you are welcome. You may offer prints and/or original art for sale to attendees directly or by auction.
  • Minicon is a family attended science fiction/fantasy convention, so please keep this in mind when submitting your work for sale.
  • No pre-registration is required, control sheets will be available in the Art Room.
  • Art is accepted on a first come basis. Space is limited.
  • Permission to use copyrighted characters, when required, is the responsibility of the artist, not of Minicon or the Minicon Art Show staff.
  • Minicon will cooperate with legitimate efforts to enforce copyrights.
  • Security will be provided by Minicon staff while the Art Show is open, and will be secured in a locked hall by hotel staff at night.
  • Minicon and Minicon Art Show staff will not be responsible for theft or accidental damage to artwork or artist's property.
  • Once auction art is hung, it will remain on display until the Artist picks up their work on Sunday. There is no Saturday artist check-out.
  • Minicon collects a 10% commission on all art sold through the Art Show and Print Shop. Minicon does not take a commission on the first $10 of sales for each artist.

Art Show Gallery

  • Pieces in the Art Show Gallery may for display only or may be for Auction and/or Direct Sale.
  • Originals or Single reproductions/prints may be entered or displayed in the Art Show Gallery. Multiple reproductions/prints should be presented in the Print Shop area.
  • There is a $0.50 per piece display fee for each piece, regardless of medium, entered by artists 18 and over. There is no display fee for artists under 18.

Print Shop

  • There will be a Print Shop area for prints and reproductions. Due to space limitations, no more than 5 copies of any one work of art may be submitted, please.
  • Print shop items are not eligible for auction.
  • Artists do not need to submit artwork in the main show to have items for sale in the print shop.
  • Print shop items must be clearly described as such on Print Shop control sheets.
  • No hanging fee is charged for print shop items.

Art Check In/Out and Documentation

  • Each piece of artwork will be checked in and out of the Art Show by Art Show staff before it can enter or leave the hall. This is to provide an accounting of each piece that is turned over to Minicon and to track sales totals.
  • Artwork can be removed only by direct sale buyers, auction winners, or artists/agents after check out.
  • Whether art is for sale or not, each artist must fill out a control sheet (PDF) to keep track of their artwork in the show.
  • Each piece of artwork in the Art Show auction must have a bid sheet (PDF) attached to it, and the information on that bid sheet must match the control sheet.
  • Each artist with Print Shop items must have a print shop control sheet (PDF).
  • Control sheets, bid sheets, and print shop control sheets are available for pre-printing from this page or can be filled out in person at the con.
  • For artists with many pieces of art, we strongly recommend that you print and fill out your bid, control and/or print shop sheets before the con. This will make your Art Show check in and set-up much faster!
  • Only the artist or agent checking in art in can check unsold art out again, unless otherwise stated clearly to the Art Show department head (or designated subhead) at check-in.
  • The artist or agent must pick up any unsold art by the close of the Art Show on Sunday.
  • If an artist or agent chooses to pick up their art before all of their sold pieces have been picked up by their winning bidders, the artist or agent will need to indicate their contingency preference in the event a winning bidder does not pick up their piece.
    • In this very unlikely event, the options are to either pick up the unclaimed piece at a future Minicon Concom meeting or to donate the piece to Geek Partnership Society. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Art Show Head at !

Contact

Email the art show department head at with questions.