Philcon 2012

Art Show

For a copy of the application to exhibit in the Art Show click here.

For a copy of the Art Show rules, click here.

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

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 panel fee to $15 for eligible art students. And Philcon offers a full convention membership rate for students of $25.

There will be an auction to benefit ASFA on Sunday.  (Donations of artwork for the auction will be gratefully accepted and are tax deductible!)   The Meet the Pros Reception will be held late Friday evening in the Art Show foyer.  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 $40 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 2012, 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 20 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. 

Any artist who wishes to display his work in our show should consult the Artists’ Rules. For more information, contact Joni Brill Dashoff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Art Show Hours

The Philcon Art Show will be open Friday 6:00 PM to midnight; Saturday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; and Sunday 10:00 AM to noon, when written bidding closes. We reopen from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM for viewing and final sales.

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