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Art Show Rules

The Art Show and the Print Shop are devoted to Science
Fiction & Fantasy artwork. A few beads on an earring loop
is not considered to have a Science Fiction or Fantasy
theme. The Art Show Directors have the right to be
arbitrary in all rulings.
Art Show
Space is allocated on a first come, first choice basis. 
It will be allotted on a per flat/half-table basis. Our flats 
(oddly named since they stand up) are 4x4 ft and are 
set up in a zigzag "V" pattern (VWVWV). 

Tables are usually 36 inches by 6 or 8 ft long.  Art will not be rearranged unless we run short of space and the artist has used space inefficiently. There will be a maximum of 25 pieces per artist in the Art Show

A bid sheet must be attached to each piece in the Art Show (unless that is impossible), identifying the title of the work and the artist's name, and the minimum amount the artist will take for the piece. The bid sheet for pieces that are not for sale must be marked NFS. We recommend printing the artist's name and contact information on the back of each piece as well. 

Large Works: If you're going to need a large space but cannot check in early let us know. We will try to accommodate you. 

Small Works: (i.e. jewelry, miniatures and the like) must be attached to a larger display card, displayed in a case, or otherwise adequately protected from damage or theft.

We will accept written bids on all art show pieces until closing for the Auction. Pieces will go to auction if they receive three bids. The Auction will begin Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Any piece that does not go to auction, but has received at least its minimum bid will be sold for the highest bid on the sheet.

Print Shop
Hand colored or otherwise unique prints will be allowed in the Art Show. All other prints will be displayed in the Print Shop. 

All artwork must be matted, mounted, framed or otherwise finished for display. All Print Shop prints should preferably be covered. We will not be responsible for damage caused by handling.

Price, artist's name, and title of the print must be firmly attached to each piece in the Print Shop. 

There is no maximum number of pieces in the Print Shop

Pieces in the Print Shop will be for sale upon payment of a price set by the artist.

Check In/out
We will be open for artists' check in Thursday 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Be prepared to pay your hanging fees and come early, hanging and display space will be first come, first choice. 

We will be open for artists' check out, to receive payment & allow buyers to pick up their work between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Sunday. We must take down the show and give up the room to the powers that be by 6:00 p.m. 

Hanging fees: Artists will be charged a hanging fee of $3.00 per flat or half table. In addition, they will be subject to a 10% commission on the sales price. There is no hanging fee for work in the Print Shop, but there is a 10% commission on the sales price. Mail in work will be subject to an additional 5% commission.

Mail In Art
Art must received by January 15, 1999. It should be sent to:

Capricon Art Show
c/o Peggy Murphy 
6688 N. Sioux
Chicago, IL 60646

Shipments requiring signature can be received at this address. 

..- Be sure to include all information needed for bid sheets.
- Mail in work will be subject to a 15% commission
....(the usual 10%, plus an additional 5% ).
- All mail in art must be sent with hanging fees and return postage
....and must arrive in sturdy, reusable shipping containers.
....We will try to re-use your box.
- Artwork received without hanging fees will not be hung.
- Artwork received without return postage will not be returned
....until postage has been received.
- We will try to return your work in accord with any instructions.
....However, that is not always possible.
- Artwork that is not clearly identified by artist may be orphaned.

The award categories will be: Best in Show, Best work by a Pro, Best work by a Fan, and Best Challenge. 

Our Challenge this year: Artists are invited to submit work combining the following elements: A goat, a meteor, a virus, body parts (for humans, preferably).

The Capricon Art Show will collect all payment for work sold in the Art Show or at Auction. Capricon's commission will be collected and 90% (85% in the case of Mail in Art) of the sales price will be paid to the artist 

Legal Stuff
Disclaimer of Liability: Capricon will not be liable for any loss, theft or damage to work shipped to or from the Show or Print Ship or for any loss, theft, or damage to work placed in the Show or in the Print Shop.

Volunteers Needed!
We Need Your Help.  It takes many people to run a successful art show. From  set-up to pick-up, volunteers are what makes it run smoothly. If you want to be a department volunteer for the Art Show or Print Shop please contact us at
or call Siobh�n Murphy

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