MarsCon 2022 Art Show

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Welcome
Schedule
General Guidelines
Art Market Guidelines
Fees And Pricing
Submit Your Art
Liability/Insurance
How To Buy Artwork
Rules For Visiting The Art Show

Welcome!

We are so glad you are interested in the MarsCon Art Show. Whether your interest is in selling or shopping, there is information on this page for you. If you have any questions, please let us know at art23j@marscon.org.

Attention: All people involved in the Art Show—i.e. setup, teardown, agents delivering or picking up art, etc.—will follow the MarsCon Covid policy.

Schedule for 2022

Friday, March 4
11:59 pm Deadline for Online Submissions
Highly recommended to reserve your space
See Form Links Below
Thursday, March 10
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm Room Setup
if you would like to volunteer, please contact us at art23j@marscon.org
Friday, March 11
10:00 am - 7:00 pm Artist check in and set up
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Open for Bidding, Art Market, and Quick Sales
Saturday, March 12
10:00 am - noon Artist check in and set up
10:00 am - 7:30 pm Open for Bidding, Art Market, and Quick Sales
Sunday, March 13
10:00 am - 1:00 pm Open for Art Market and Sunday Sales
Artist Pick up and check out
All artwork must be picked up no later than 1:00 pm on Sunday.

General Guidelines

Art can be 2D or 3D, all mediums are acceptable, but must be ready for display. Oil paintings should be fully dry, sculptures should be cured, soft art shouldn’t have pins or needles in it, etc.

We will have grid wall and tables available for display. Please make sure any original 2D works are framed, matted, or have wires for hanging (or they may be damaged by bulldog clips, as this is our primary means of hanging artwork).

We are a family friendly convention – however be aware, not all artwork in the room will be PG or PG-13.

No hate speech or symbolism/iconography of any hate group is allowed. (Please check the Southern Poverty Law Center if you are unsure if what you are using is considered hate speech).

Art should be original to the artist, with any fan derivatives properly crediting original owner/creator of that property/character.

All artwork entries need to be of a Science-Fiction/Fantasy theme.

Art Market Guidelines

We will have an Art Market area for multiple copies of artwork, such as numbered prints, multiple copies of bookmarks, small replicated 3D art pieces, etc.

Make sure they are labeled with title, artist and price.

No bidding will be taken on these items. Art Market items are For Sale Only.

Fees And Pricing

There will be no hanging fees.

Based on recent changes in the laws, MarsCon will take a 15% commission on each sale so that we can take care of paying Sales Tax for you. Please remember this when putting prices on your work.

We suggest minimum bids on pieces should be no lower than $5. Please use only whole dollar increments when pricing.

Submit Your Art

Please fill in a Display Art form (For items to be displayed for bidding) and/or the Art Market form (for material to go into the Art Market). This will help us get titles and prices exactly right. If you have questions about how to fill out the different sale prices, please read “How to Buy…” below.

Save yourself - and US! - some time at MarsCon. We highly prefer you prepare your forms in Advance and submit by the deadline, Friday, March 4 at 11:59 pm. If you have further questions, please contact us at art23j@marscon.org. If you arrive at the Art Show without having sent in the form(s), you will need extra time to fill them out before hanging your items.

At this time, we plan to allow Walk-In art. All artists, whether convention attendees or not, must abide by the convention’s COVID Policy while in convention space.

NOTE: Any artwork not sold must be picked up no later than 1:00 pm on Sunday.

Liability/Insurance

Artists should make their own arrangements for insurance, if desired. Artists and/or their agent agree to “protect, keep and save MarsCon forever harmless” from damages or charges imposed for violations of law, ordinance, or terms outlined in these guidelines.

How To Buy Artwork At MarsCon

There is NO AUCTION for the 2022 Art Show. Silent bidding will take place starting on Friday until the Art Show closes at 7:30 pm, Saturday evening.

All bids must include your name, badge number, and amount of the bid in whole dollar amounts in the spaces provided.

Each initial bid must be for no less than the minimum bid. Each additional bid must be at least one dollar ($1.00) over the previous bid, and all bids must be in dollar increments.

Once a bid is made, it should not be crossed out. Please consider your bidding choice carefully.

Once a piece has a bid on it, it may not be purchased at the Quick Sale price.

If someone else bids against you, you must bid again in order to purchase.

On Saturday, items without a bid can be purchased for the Quick Sale price. However, they cannot be removed from the Art Show until Sunday, except with permission from an Art Show Director.

On Sunday, there is no bidding; anything remaining is available for the “Sunday Sale price.”

Artwork may not be removed from the Art Show until Sunday except with permission from an Art Show Director.

Any pieces not or sold on Sunday will be returned to the Artist. Any winning bids not claimed by 2:00 pm on Sunday will be auctioned off at closing ceremonies. If not sold, it will then be returned to the artist.

Any piece with NFS (Not For Sale) on its bid sheet will not be sold under any circumstances.

Rules For Visiting The Art Show

PLEASE NOTE: No electronic or photographic imagining of the displayed artwork is allowed.

Only items necessary for walking or physical transportation will be allowed.

Liquids, beverages, and any items that may be regarded potentially dangerous toward causing damage to or theft of artwork are not permitted in the Art Show display space. A claim check area is available.

MarsCon 2022

“The future ain’t what it used to be”
March 11 - 13, 2022
In Person

Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport Mall of America
3800 American Blvd E
Bloomington, Minnesota
March 11 - 13, 2022

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