Windycon Art Show

The Windycon art show exists to give artists a place to show and sell their work. We strive to encourage the new, blossoming artists while also providing professionals with access to our convention attendees as an audience. In order to facilitate that encouragement our art show is not Juried and our artist costs are low to anyone who wants to participate. We also offer the service of handling mail-in art, this helps remote artists grow while expanding the variety of art displayed for the Windycon attendees.

Friday
  • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Artist Setup)
  • 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Open to Membership)
Saturday
  • 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Open to Membership)
  • 4:30PM to 6:00 PM (Wine and Cheese Reception)
  • 8:00 PM Art Auction
Sunday
  • 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Open for Pickup, Print Shop)

Welcome to the Windycon Art Show!

If you have not displayed art at Windycon before, please take a moment to read through our detailed information on how to sell art. If you will be unable to make it yourself, you can still mail in your art. Our staff will be happy to hang your art for you!

Special Events

We have 2 Art Show Events this year. As always, we have our Art Auction on Saturday night. Make sure you set aside the time so you can defend your bid!

In addition, we have the Saturday Social gathering. Socialize and rub elbows with the artists, while sipping wine and nibbling on cheese. Suitable drink and cookies will be available for the younger art enthusiasts.

We look forward to seeing you and your art in the Windycon Art show!

Art Show General Rules

If there’s something that’s not covered in the above rules, we’ll talk it over and try to come up with a reasonable rule to cover the situation. And, yes, we really will try to be reasonable.

Please remember that Windycon is a volunteer organization. Everyone here is doing their level best to act in a courteous and professional manner—while making you some money—because that’s the way we ought to do it. If somebody’s doing a good job for you, thank them. It goes a long way. And if they’re not doing a good job, let the Art Show director know—or, if they're the one you think has created the problem, let the Windycon Chairperson know. Either or both can be contacted on the Contact Us page on the web site. We want to know what the problems are and we want to find solutions.

If you have any questions about the Art Show or Auction at Windycon, please send us an email at artshow@winycon.org.

Art Show and the Print Shop and What Goes Where

Windycon is a science-fiction convention, running from November 13-15, 2020. All artwork must somehow relate to science fiction, fantasy, or actual science. (Fortunately, this leaves lots of room to work in.) While Windycon encourages and has enjoyed a wide and varied assortment of styles and subject matter of art in the art show, we reserve the right to reject any art which violates local laws. Due to the growing number of children attending Windycon, we also reserve the right to move to an adult section any art determined to be inappropriate for our under age attendees.

Art may be displayed in either the Art Show or the Print Shop, but the same image may not be displayed in both. The only exception is that you may display the original of a piece in the Art Show while selling prints of it in the Print Shop.

Just to be absolutely clear about it, yes, it’s ok to display a signed and numbered print from a run of 1000 or less in the Art Show, but you can only display one copy of that print in the Art Show. Multiple copies (or prints that are not signed and numbered) go to the Print Shop.

Display Space for Flat Art and 3-D Art

Flat art must be matted or framed and will be hung on sturdy commercial grid. Each section of grid is two feet wide and seven feet tall. You’re welcome to hang your art as low on the grid as you think is reasonable. Limited display space is available on grid that is up against a wall for those artists who worry about people seeing other art through the open grid, but that grid will have tables in front of it for display of three-dimensional art.

3-D art can be displayed on tables that are 6 feet long and 18 inches deep. If you have something that won’t fit in that space, let us know ahead of time so we can re-arrange and make something work.

We ask that you please reserve space in advance of the show by sending a check payable to Windycon for the approximate amount of your hanging fees and telling us how much space that you’d like to reserve. Our hanging fees are remaining $0.50 (50 cents) per-piece, but space reservations have changed to the following:

Please mail your space reservation checks to:

We reserve the right to rearrange displays in order to fit more artwork into the show.

Control Sheets and Bid Sheets

If you’d like, we’ll be happy to mail you control sheets before the convention. Just ask. You can also find the control sheets in fill-and-print PDF format here. You’re welcome to fill out your control sheets at the con, but if we get them by the mail-in deadline, we’ll already be entering them in the computer and may have bid sheets printed for you when you get to the con. NOTE: We are printing the bid sheets.

Hanging Fees and Commissions

The Art Show charges a hanging fee of $0.50 (50 cents) per piece. Although there is no hanging fee for the Print Shop, space there is limited and once it is full, it’s full. Hanging fees must be paid when the art is checked into the Art Show.

Windycon charges a 10% commission on all sales from both Art Show and Print Shop.

Picking Up Unsold Art and Getting Paid for Sold Art.

Artists or their agents must pick up unsold artwork by 2:00 PM on Sunday. Art that is not picked up will be shipped back to the artist and the artist will be charged for shipping and an additional handling fee of $20.00.

If possible, we will write checks for sold art on Sunday. However you can expect that we will mail you a check within two weeks following the convention.

Mail-in art will be returned (and a check in payment for sales) within two weeks following the convention.

Purchasing Art

Bidders must be members of Windycon. As a handy side effect, we’ll give you a card to record the pieces that you’ve bid on for your reference (it’s the back of your badge).

Bidders may write in bids on pieces in the Art Show until 6:00 PM Saturday night. Bids must be in whole dollars.

Pieces with 1 or 2 bids as of closing on Saturday are sold to the current high bidder.

Pieces with 3 or more bids as of closing will be sold at the voice auction on Saturday night. The starting bid will be the last, highest written bid amount.

There will be no Sunday sales in the Art Show.

Pieces in the Print Shop may be purchased at any time when the Print Shop is open. Buyers may take these items at the time of purchase.

Picking Up Purchased Art

If you are the high bidder on a piece of art, you must pick up and pay for your purchase using cash, checks, travelers checks, Visa, or MasterCard. We use Square payment processing.

Art must be picked up Sunday before 2:00 PM.

If you are unable to pick up your art please contact the art show staff, we'll work with you. Other wise you run the risk of getting your registration put on hold until you can pay for your art work.

Mail-In Art

Windycon accepts mail-in art for display in both Art Show and Print Shop. All art that is mailed in must include:

Please specify your preferred carrier for shipping artwork and the address where you want it shipped back on your control sheet. Be sure to specify if you want insurance and how much. Any not marked it will be returned UPS ground.

Mail-in art must arrive no later than Saturday, November 2nd, 2020 and should be sent to: