About the Art Show
Philcon has one of the larger Art Shows on the East Coast. It exhibits 2-D art in all media, as well as sculpture and other 3D works, and jewelry. Special displays include works by our Guest Artists, and items to benefit ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
Some pieces will be for display only, but most pieces are for sale by a silent auction/written bidding system, or by quick-sale pricing. There are pieces in every price range, but if your favorite original is beyond your budget, consider the Print Shop. Or vote with your pen (instead of your wallet) for the Popular Choice Best in Show Award.
In addition to the art displayed in the show, there will also be art-related programming, such as panels/seminars on the business of art, technique demonstrations or workshops, and docent tours of the Art Show.
Visiting the Art Show
Badges must be visible to enter the Art Show, and totes or other large bags must be checked at the door. Also, cameras and food are not permitted in the Art Show. We know these rules can be an annoying inconvenience, but they're standard at all convention Art Shows. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Your reward will be viewing a beautiful and diverse showing of original science fiction, fantasy and fannish artwork.
In the Show, you’ll see all manner of two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork, such as acrylics, oils, airbrush, pencil, pens, water colors, jewelry, metal, wood and even art made from lint! And of course prints of many types are featured in the Art Show and its Print Shop.
Many of the artists are present at Philcon, so please check the Pocket Program to see if an artist whose work you particularly like will be on a panel or demo. Most artists enjoy talking about their work and will be happy to talk with you during the artist reception on Friday night.
The Art Show staff, clad in their traditional turquoise blue T-shirt Art-Show staff garb, are a friendly, helpful roving band of people. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of the art show, the staff is there to assist you.
See the “Rules about Bidding on a Piece of Art” in your program book for details on the bidding process. Do get a bidder number at the start of Philcon just in case you see something that catches your eye at the last minute.
Some pieces are there just to be viewed; “NFS” means "not for sale". Some pieces are “prints” meaning they are photographic reprints rather than original artwork, and are available for immediate purchase at the Print Shop desk. Other artwork is available for “silent auction” written bidding throughout the weekend. You will have to wait until the end of the con to pay for and take them home to enjoy. The art auction, traditionally held Sunday afternoon, is fun to attend even if you haven't made any written bids during the weekend. It can be lively and entertaining, and as long as you have a bidder number, you can jump right into the bidding. Many, if not most, Philcon members probably have at least one piece of art they purchased at the con hanging up at home!
Information for Art Show Exhibitors
The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society will be holding its annual conference, Philcon 2019, on November 8-10, 2019, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ (across the Delaware River from downtown Philadelphia). Philcon is a “regional” SF/F convention with an attendance of approximately 1200 people. Philcon’s art show is one of the larger East Coast SF/F convention art shows. This year our Principal Speaker will be Tim Pratt, and our Artist Guest will be Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.
We invite you to participate in Philcon 2019’s art show. Original art work of a science fiction, fantasy, horror, and or fannish nature may be entered for display and sale. Both flat and 3D artwork can be accommodated. Flat art is displayed on pegboard panels supported by a framework of pipes arranged in U-shaped bays 6' deep and 6' across. One full panel is 4' high and 6' wide; one half panel is 4’ x 3’. Tables for 3D art are 2.5’ deep and 6’ long. One copy of any print may also be entered in the Art Show; additional copies may be sold via our Print Shop.
There is a display space fee of $25 for a full panel or table. Each artist may reserve a maximum of three full panels (one full bay) and/or two tables. There is no sales commission. Quick Sale pricing is available to our buyers if you so choose. Three written bids will be required for entry in the voice auction on Sunday afternoon.
The Print Shop is for multiple copies of photoprints (non-original art). It has a separate display area within the art show. All copies of a print image are hung together on large/extended pegboard hangars. This allows buyers to select and then immediately purchase Print Shop items throughout the convention. You must purchase Print Shop display panel space; there is no per print fee. Copies of an image that are of a different size, or matted versus mounted, should be considered as separate images. We will accept 3-D items if they can be hung in self-packaging.
Philcon wishes to encourage students majoring in art-focused programs at recognized degree granting institutions such as Moore, Tyler, etc. We feel Philcon and its art show provide a safe environment for students to test their self-marketing skills and gain business experience, and meet and network with SF/F collectors and professional artists who enjoy mentoring new artists, especially during the art show reception on Friday evening. Philcon’s art-related programming includes panels/seminars on the business of art, technique demonstrations and workshops, docent tours of the art show, and portfolio reviews. The art show will reduce its display space fee to $15 for eligible art students. Also, Philcon offers a full convention membership rate for students at $25 if purchased in advance, and $35 if bought at the door.
The Meet the Pros Reception will be held on Friday evening in the Art Show foyer. There will be a silent auction to benefit ASFA, the Assoc. of SF&F Artists. Donations of artwork for the auction will be gratefully accepted and are tax deductible! There will be judged and popular awards, including the category of Best Artwork honoring Philcon’s Principal Speaker.
We invite you to personally attend our convention. An attending membership is $45 only if you send it in with your Art Show registration, more if bought separately or later, and even more at the door. Please consult the Philcon.org website for exact prices, the convention membership registration form, and hotel information.
If you are unable to attend Philcon 2019 you may be represented by an agent, if you provide written authorization. Mailed-in art will be accepted, but only with prior approval by and arrangement with the Art Show Director. The first 10 requests for mailed-in art will be honored. Mail-in artists may reserve up to one full panel or table. There is an additional handling fee of $10 per artist for mailed-in art.
A complete copy of the Art Show rules and the Art Show reservation form is available on the Philcon.org website or by a direct e-mail request to me. Please read the rules thoroughly before you return your reservation form. Space is assigned on rolling admission by postmark, NOT by date of receipt. Requests for display space received in November will be honored as cancellations allow. Please return your art show reservation form ASAP but no later than October 31st, 2019. This “deadline” is set to allow me time for processing and to get paperwork back to you and to other Philcon departments before the convention.
We look forward to your participation and presence at Philcon 2019.
Joni Brill Dashoff, Philcon 2019 Art Show Director