These rules set forth how we plan to handle the Show, the Auction, the Print Shop, the Awards, and the
Artist's Challenge. If you have Art Show related questions or suggestions, or want to volunteer contact
us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artists who have multiple prints of a piece, particularly pieces with high run numbers should enter them
into the print shop, where they will have a set price, and share space as available with other artists.
These are pieces for immediate sale only - no bidding occurs on these pieces.
THE ART SHOW
Work displayed in the "Unique" is usually for sale, although we will occasionally accept a "Not For Sale"
display of a significant piece if space is available.
The show starts with a silent bid auction. Each piece has a "bid sheet" on which the Artist sets the
Minimum Bid that the Artist will take for that piece.
The highest bid written on the sheet AT OR ABOVE the minimum bid set by the artist is considered the
winning bidder, provided they are the first, second, or third bid on the sheet. A bit of advice -
never list a minimum bid that will make you sad if the piece sells at that price.
Works that receive four (4) bids during the silent auction are then placed in the Live Art Auction on
Saturday evening. Over the years, we have had great auctioneers, and we expect to be impressed and
amused again this year.
Once the piece is placed in the live auction, the auctioneers will seek an advance on the highest bid
on the sheet. If no advance on the last written bid is received, the piece is considered to be "sold
to the sheet" and the highest written bid will be the sale price.
The winning bidder for a piece is asked to pick up and pay for their purchases on Sunday morning,
(frequently we also open up for payment late on Saturday; this depends on staffing). Pieces that do
not sell are picked up by the artists or mailed back to artists who participate by mail.
WHAT WE MEAN BY "UNIQUE"
A work is "Unique" if it is an original work by the artist or a single print from a limited print run,
signed and numbered by the artist. If you want to show or sell multiple copies of a print, see the
"Print Shop" rules below. If you want to put up a painting in the Unique show and prints from that
painting in the Print Shop that's fine. You may not hang a print in the Unique show while putting
identical prints in the print shop.
DISPLAY SPACE & CHARGES
We have tables and 4' x 4' pegboard panels available for Unique Art. The Art Show charges a $1.00 hanging
fee per piece. In addition, a 10% commission is charged against every sale if you or an agent brings your
art in. The commission rate is 15% if you mail in art or prints.
Pegboard hooks and binder clips will be provided. Space is generally allocated on a first come, first choice
basis. We reserve the right to limit the number of panels and tables used by any one artist. Each artist may
submit a maximum of 25 pieces to the unique show.
Our room is large, and I expect space to be available as artists check in Thursday and early Friday. There
are no guarantees, however, so send in your reservation (and payment) today.
A reservation form should be posted at our web site soon.
We set aside an area, usually with tables, sometimes with peg board to help in the display. You can set
up your work within the print shop, but expect to share space with other artists. We reserve the right to
move or re-arrange your prints so that other artists have a fair share of the available space. A 10%
commission is charged if you or an agent brings in your art. A 15% mail-in commission is charged if
you mail in art or prints.
All two-dimensional work must be matted, mounted or framed. All artwork must have the artist's name and
contact information securely attached to it, preferably on the back of it. In the interest of keeping
confusion to a minimum each piece of art must have a unique name (Ex: "Goat Power" is unique. "Goat #1",
"Goat #2", and "Goat #3" are too easily mixed up.) All print shop pieces must be clearly priced by the
artist. You will need to fill out a bid sheets for each unique piece in the show. You will need to fill
out a control sheet for all of your work.
Click to get Bid sheets. Artists mailing-in their art must fill these out.
Artists attending the convention should be prepared to fill them out at check-in.
Click to get Control sheets.
We do not have display cases or other ways to secure easily portable pieces. We encourage you to
protect your smaller pieces by bringing in your own display case.
THE ARTIST'S CHALLENGE
You are challenged to submit a piece, in any medium, including 3 of the following items:
- a goat
- a cheerleader
- a college textbook
- a tribute to artist Kelley Freas
All Unique works (NFS included) are eligible to receive awards. Judging is done during the day on Saturday.
Awards are announced and given out at the Art Auction on Saturday Night.
This year we will be giving out Four awards:
- Best In Show
- Best Piece by a Pro
- Best Piece by a Fan
- Best Met Challenge (Artist's Challenge)
MAILING IN ART
While you coming to the show with your art is much preferred, we will display your mailed in work if:
1. It is received no later than January 21, 2006.
2. Send it to
Capricon Art Show
3. Include bid sheets and a filled out control sheet.
4. Artists should supply return postage and a mailing label with their own address on it, or a shipping method (UPS,
DHL, FEDEX) label with a prepaid container or a label with an account number on it. If you don't provide return postage,
we won't mail your package back to you. If you don't provide for insurance, we won't buy insurance. We intend to mail
out the return shipments the week after the convention, by US Mail, or whatever priority service or shipping method
you have supplied return packaging/labeling for.
5. Your packaging material must be reusable. If we can't re-use your packaging, we will do our best.
6. If your work requires special handling contact us before you send it.
WORKING THROUGH AN AGENT
If you are intending to send a representative to the Art Show to act on your behalf, please provide a Letter
of Authorization signed by you. The letter should contain:
1. The name of your agent.
2. A list of the things your agent is authorized to do on your behalf (e.g., receive money for artwork,
present art work for auction, negotiate with Capricon officials regarding sales of art work, negotiate with
3. The name to which your check should be made out
4. The duration of the authorization.
5. Your phone number in case a question arises.
SHOW SCHEDULE (subject to change)
Artists check in beginning Thursday at 2 p.m.
Show open to convention members;
Thursday 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (earlier if possible)
Friday: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (silent auction closes)
Art Auction; Saturday evening
Artists check out: Sunday 10 a.m.
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
We need people to help hang the show, help run the show, to repackage and mail back unsold artwork, etc.
Let us know if would like to help.
See You Next Semester!
Professor Karen L. Dolley