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Art Show - How the Art Show Works

The DemiCon art show is open to all interested artists, both professional and amateur. The art show allows artists to share their work with our attendees. We promote Fantasy & Sci-Fi art by helping artists to display and sell their work.

In the Art Show Main Display area we show original works of art, 3-dimensional art, and single copies of prints of original art. Unless an art piece is marked "NFS - Not For Sale", our convention attendees may bid on, or buy via quick sale, any pieces in this area. Attendees will also be able to vote for the show's best amateur artist, professional artist, amateur art piece, and professional piece of art.

The Print Shop area will contain pieces for immediate sale. Pieces in Print Shop are usually prints or reproductions of published artwork (book covers or magazine illustrations).

The Artist Workspace is open to attending artists who wish to work at the convention, perform demonstrations, create works of art to auction for charity, share ideas with other artists and anything else that they wish to do. There will also be an Art Show tour, where con-goers and attending artists can stroll through the art show together, and talk about specific pieces or art in general.

Attendees will be able to and make quick sale purchases and to bid on pieces in the Display area and purchase print shop pieces during the normal art show hours. The art show hours are: 2-5 PM Friday, 10 AM-5 PM Saturday, and 10 AM-3 PM on Sunday.

The art auction is Saturday at 6:30 PM. Please note the time change.

Convention attendees will pay for and pick up any art they purchase from the Display Area or from the Auction on Sunday from 10AM to 12PM. Artists check out on Sunday from 12PM to 2PM.

Like many sci-fi & fantasy convention art shows, DemiCon's is run entirely by volunteer workers. All Con-goers who visit the art show are asked (politely, of course!) to check their bags and drinks with the volunteer stationed at the art show's "main table" in order to protect the artists work. Volunteers also help hang and organize the displayed artwork. (Information about volunteering for the Art Show.)


  • Print Shop sales are handled on a cash-and-carry basis.
  • All Main Display area pieces with two or more bids, as well as prize-winning art (excluding Not For Sale items), will go to voice auction on Saturday evening. Pieces are then sold to the highest bidder.
  • If a quick sale price is available for a display area work of art, a buyer may purchase that piece immediately for that price, but only if the piece has received no bids. Artwork that has received even one bid is not sold via quick sale. Unsold art can also be purchased at the quick sale price on Sunday.
  • Although an art piece receiving no bids may be purchased for the quick sale price at any time, no art will be removed from the Main Display area before the auction Saturday night. Buyers may pick up their quick sale purchases on Sunday. If the buyer will not be attending the Convention on Sunday, they can pick up purchases after the auction Saturday night, if such arrangements have been made with the art show department head.
DemiCon XV
April 30 and
May 1-2, 2004
Des Moines

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During the convention, this was a form allowing you to contact the appropriate department head.
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