Art Show Rules
Capricious - Heheheh

We want your science fiction and fantasy artwork!
Since we can't afford to buy it all, we figure we'll help you show it off and sell it off. These Rules should set forth how we plan to handle the Show, the Auction, the Print Shop, the Awards, and the Artist's Challenge.

We are looking for volunteers to help this run smoothly and suggestions for arts related programming (an artists jam and some game called exquisite corpse are possibilities). If you have Art Show related questions or suggestions, or want to volunteer contact us at: artshowcapriconorg.

Capricon 25 - Mad Scientists

February 10-13, 2005
Arlington Heights, IL

Work is displayed in a "Unique Show" and in a "Print Shop". The "Unique" pieces are usually for sale, and they are sold through an auction. The "Print Shop" pieces are always for immediate sale at a price set by the artist.

The Unique show starts with a silent auction. Each piece has a "bid sheet" which the artist may mark "NFS" (Not For Sale), or which will set forth the Minimum Bid that the artist will take for that piece. Works that receive four bids during the silent auction are then put in the audible, nay, verbal (even verbose), and frequently hilarious Art Auction on Saturday evening. Over the years, we have been privileged to have great auctioneers, and we expect to be privileged and impressed yet again. All Unique works (NFS included) are eligible to receive awards. Awards are announced and given out at the Art Auction on Saturday.

The winning bidder for a piece is asked to pick up and pay for his, her, or its 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.

You are challenged to submit a piece, in any medium, that incorporates three of the following elements: a goat (as always), a beaker/test-tube, lost marbles, and a Rube Goldberg machine. There will be an award for the best Artist Challenge piece.

“Rube Goldberg” is a registered trademark of Rube Goldberg Inc.

Unique Art
We have tables and 4' x 4' pegboard panels available for Unique Art. The Art Show charges $4.00 per unit of hanging space (a 4' x 4' panel or a 1/2 table). A 10% commission is charged against every sale. A 5% mail-in commission is added 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.

Our room is large, and I expect space to be available as artists check in Thursday and early Friday. There are no guarantees, however, (OK, the artist GOH has guaranteed space), so send in your reservation (and payment) today.

A reservation form should be posted at our web site soon.

Print Shop
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 against every sale. A 5% mail-in commission is added if you mail in art or prints.

All two-dimensional work must be matted, mounted or framed. All artwork mut have the artist's name and contact information securely attached to it, preferably on the back of it. 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.

Bid sheets are at:
Control sheets are at:

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.

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 is fine. Do not hang a print in the Unique show while putting identical prints in the print shop.

This year we will be giving out five awards:

Best In Show,
Best Piece by a Pro,
Best Piece by a Fan,
Best Met Challenge (Artist=s Challenge)
Best Overall Artist

The awards will be announced at the Art Auction

We will display your mailed in work if:

1. It is received no later than January 15, 2005.

2. Send it to
Siobhán M. Murphy
6688 N. Sioux Ave,
Chicago Illinois 60646

3. Include bid sheets and a filled out control sheet.

4. Include a check for your hanging fees, return postage & insurance on the return. If you don't provide money for return postage, we won't mail your package to you. If you don't provide money for insurance, we won't buy insurance. We intend to mail out the return shipments the week after the convention, by US Mail, priority service if you pay for it.

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.

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 individuals, etc.)
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.

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 6:30 p.m. (silent auction closes)
Art Auction; Saturday evening
Artists check out: Sunday 10 a.m.

Note: If someone wants to buy a piece that had no bidders as of the end of the silent auction, we will be willing to sell it at the listed Sunday sale price. All work is treated as no longer for sale if there is no Sunday sale price listed.

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 in February,

James P. Hogan- Author GoH
Shaenon K. Garrity - Artist GoH
John Morse - Fan GoH


..... Control Sheets
..... Bid Sheets

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