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Windycon is a science-fiction convention, running from November 9—11, 2018. 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 Show and the Print Shop and What Goes Where

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:

  • 6 foot by 18 inch table only—not including the grid (shared bay)
  • 4 foot by 6 foot bay without the table in front of it (shared bay)
  • 4 foot by 6 foot bay including the table in front of it (unshared bay)
  • 4 feet of grid—we have changed out layout away from bays—tell me how many four foot wide sections you will need

Please mail your space reservation checks to

Richard France
505 Deerfield Ct.
Schaumburg, IL 60194-2511

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 have them in the computer and have bid sheets printed for you when you get to the con. NOTE: We are printing the bid sheets.

  • Each piece that is displayed must be labeled with the artist’s name and title of the piece.
  • Print shop pieces must include a price in addition to artist's name and title of the piece.
  • Pieces displayed in the Art Show must include a minimum bid price or be clearly labeled Not For Sale (NFS).
  • Pieces that do not have an After Auction price will only be sold through the bidding process. These should be marked "N/A" in the After Auction space on the control sheet.
  • Pre-owned art that is being re-sold MUST use the RESALE bid sheets which must include the name of the current owner. The entire proceeds from the sale of pre-owned art (less commission) will be paid to the current owner.

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 the check within two weeks following the convention.

Mail-in art will be returned (and a check in payment for sales) during the week following the convention.

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