Con†Stellation XXXV: Horologium (The Clock)
13–15 October 2017——Huntsville, Alabama
|GoH: Mary Robinette Kowal||Artist GoH: David O. Miller||MC: Toni Weisskopf|
Con†Stellation's annual Art Show and Auction brings together art from both professional and amateur artists. Art can be anything from a painting, to a pen and ink drawing, to a cartoon, or much more. Crafts are also included and could include a knitted Kobold, crocheted Cthulhu, pottery and glassware, jewelry, even origami! All the artwork you find will have some connection to science fiction, fantasy, or fandom(←What's That?) itself.
We want you to enjoy just looking at the art, but we're happy to say that all artwork on display in the Art Show is for sale unless otherwise marked. There are two ways to buy a piece of artwork—bidding or outright purchase. Each piece is accompanied by a bid/price sheet. Both an opening bid price and an immediate purchase price will be listed (with some exceptions). If you really like the piece and don't want anyone else to have a chance at it, you can get it for the immediate purchase price. Or, if you want to try to win the artwork by bidding, you can do that. The opening bid price is (usually) lower than the immediate purchase price. Please note that once any bid is placed the immediate purchase price is no longer available. Please also note that placing a bid on a piece obligates you to buy it at that price if yours is the winning bid.
All sales will have sales tax added—9% as of this writing. (Hey, it's not our idea!)
If enough bids are placed on a piece (that number may vary from year to year), the item will go to the voice Art Auction held Saturday evening. If fewer bids than the limit are placed, the top bidder on the sheet wins the piece at their bid price.
Items donated for our 2017 charity (see main page) will be available for bid in the Art Show. All charity items will go to the same Saturday evening voice Art Auction as above, regardless of the number of bids they garner.
If you wish to donate an item for the charity auction, you can just drop it by the Art Show—please be sure to let a staff member know when you do. They will help you fill out a bid sheet. If you want to coordinate a donation before the convention, please email either:
If you can't afford an original piece of artwork or a really nice print, you still have options. The Print Shop offers lower-cost prints of artwork. The prints are usually not as large, or perhaps not of as high a quality, as those found hanging on the Art Show walls. However they are suitable for framing, and can be purchased immediately.
Con†Stellation should be able to take credit cards at the convention and you can also pay by cash or check. For Art Show items bought at the immediate purchase price and for all Print Shop items, please pay the Art Show staff on the spot. (If possible, we do ask that you pick up your Art Show purchase later so more people will have a chance to see the art.) For purchases made at the Art Auction, you can pay that evening after the Auction if you must, but if possible we ask that you wait until the Art Show opens on Sunday to pay for and pick up your art. Similarly, items with too few bids to go to the auction must be paid for and picked up on Sunday (or after the auction Saturday if you must).
For Art Show pieces that do not sell via immediate purchase or go to auction, the immediate purchase price is often no longer applicable after the Art Auction—but a separate after auction price may be available.
Are you a professional or amateur artist? Knitter, crafter, or jewelry maker? An artist's agent? The Con†Stellation convention committee invites you to participate in our Art Show and/or Print Shop! We would love to see you—or just your art if you can't attend—at our convention. We will show originals or reproductions in any medium, but all entries should be ready to hang or display. (We use the J-hook/binder clip on pegboard method.)
A Reservation Form is not needed but if you're interested in either the Art Show or the Print Shop—or if you have any questions about them—please contact the head of our Art Show, Randy Cleary either:
Keep reading for info on fees, paperwork, and where to mail your art.
|Art Show Panel (4′x4′)||$15|
|Art Show Table (6′)|
|Print Show||$2 per print series—Limit 10 series|
No commission will be charged on sales. Sales tax will be collected from the buyer. If you mail in your art, you are responsible for shipping costs both ways.
The paperwork you'll need is linked below. You will need to fill out separate Control Sheets for the Art Show and the Print Shop as the needed details differ for each. All forms are available in both PDF and Microsoft Word (.doc) format.
We'd love you to become a member of the con and bring us your art, but if you need to mail it to us, please do not use the convention PO Box Address. Instead, send it to:
You can see Randy's report for 2016 Art Show (and Charity Auction) sales at: