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Space City Con 2012: Art Expo
It is with great pleasure that Space City Con 2 announces its 2012 art show, the "Art Expo". We would like to issue an invitation for all artists to join us and show off your craft!
By popular demand, and due to expanded space for art display, Space City Con is now offering artists a gallery: panels and/or tables to show and sell artwork.
Karen DeRulle and Samitha Hess
The Art Expo as compared to “Artist Alley”...
Artist Alley is a vendor opportunity for artists and small press. These vendors purchase tables and are present all weekend to interact as they sell their work, or take commissions. Please see the “Artist Alley” section of the website for table prices and details. Sales in Artist Alley do not require any percentage to be paid to the convention. The taxes upon sales in Artist Alley are wholly the responsibility of those who purchase those spaces to vend. Vendors at Artist Alley tables are expected to be present all weekend.
The Art Expo is a gallery where artists can hang and sell their work. Artists rent panels and/or tables, set up their work for display and admiration, with either a fixed sale price or request for bids. Space City Con takes a commission for these sales. The artist may or may not attend the convention.
Art Expo, Artist Alley, and Dealer's Room are all on the 4th floor, in adjoining sections of Woodway Hall.
Space City Con uses the Eventbrite online ticketing system to track all enrollments for various areas, including memberships, vendors tables and in this case, for rental of the panels/tables in the Art Expo.
Each artist who enters the Art Expo is asked to fill out the online "Ticket" registration via Eventbrite, which is basically an info-capture module (see Red Button to the right, "ART EXPO Registration"). No artwork may be brought, sent, hung, etc. without the Art Expo registration being paid ahead of time.
Registration is $25 for either a 4ft x 4ft panel, or a 6ft x 18 inch table. There are a very limited number of tables. You are, in effect, “purchasing” a space to display and sell original artwork and your own prints. Once spaces are all reserved online registration will no longer be available.
The Art Expo allows artists allows the artist to hang as many works as reasonably possible within the spaces rented. (Remember any work sold from the Art Expo gallery is subject to a 10% commission.)
The artist/agent is allowed to either hang the artwork in the Art Expo or have artwork hung for them by Space City Con Art Directors. Set-up for this area begins at Noon on Thursday, August 9th, along with Artist Alley and Dealer's Room.
Art Expo items should be labeled clearly by attaching the form (which Space City Con will email to you): Minimum Bid*, Quick Sale* with bid sheets attached. Please price in whole dollar amounts, i.e., $25.00 instead of $24.99.
* “Minimum Bid” is the lowest price you will accept for the sale of your artwork.
* “Quick Sale” allows for the work to be sold outright at the higher price without going to auction.
Registration for a space in the gallery and payment is submitted online via the "Ticket" info capture module. If you have questions, please email us before reserving your space: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artists will be sent “ticket” confirmation via email automatically for spaces reserved and Art Directors will communicate with the artists as well.
Artwork sold in Houston, Texas, is subject to the current tax rate of 8.25%. The seller (artist) is responsible for taxes incurred by the sale. Space City Con takes 10% commission before tax, of all sales of art entered in the Art Expo gallery.
We are accepting any artwork to both the Art Expo including, but not limited to, canvas, paper, photography, jewelry, 2D, 3D, fiber, fabric, glass, ceramic, and mixed media. We strongly encourage original work for the Art Expo.
Once Space City Con has received your “ticket” information (which is basically your reservation of a space) you will receive your information on your table & panel locations within Woodway Hall from the Art Directors.
All shipped artwork in the Art Expo gallery must have a bid sheet attached in advance.
Each artist must adhere to copyright law. Any work found in violation will be removed from the gallery by the Art Directors.
Space City Con takes no responsibility for pieces that are damaged in their handling before, during, and after the show. Participating artists may insure their artworks for the shipping process and for property damage, liability or to cover any losses by the artist.
Any artwork sold outright in the Art Expo can be immediately taken down by one of the Art Directors and given to the buyer following payment.
Any artwork that remains unsold after the Silent auction and has at least three bids will go to the Voice auction. (Try to price your works so they will not go to the Voice auction.) Any and all artworks in the Art Expo gallery that remain unsold, even after both the Silent and Voice Auctions, as well as the After Auction Price, will be returned to the artist/agent.
The Art Expo, Artist Alley, Dealer's Room will be in adjoining sections of Woodway Hall, and monitored during the open hours.
The Art Expo gallery closes, and is secured, when Dealer's Room and Artist Alley vendor areas close Friday and Saturday at 7:00 P.M. The convention ends Sunday at 6pm. No one will be permitted back inside the Woodway Hall areas until opening the next day.
Returns will be made either in person, to the artist, or his/her designated agent, or by carrier as arranged via email. All paperwork, returns, payments, etc. will be made by August 31st, 2012.
If you have any questions please feel free to email either Art Director:
Art Expo Gallery Display Spaces:
4' x4' peg board sections or 6ft x 18inch display tables are $25 each.
You may purchase as many sections or tables as you need, subject to availability.
If you are attending the show you might prefer to purchase a table or tables in the Artist Alley.
Art Expo Gallery Bidding Rules
You must have a bid number to bid on any artwork. Please see the Art Directors at the show, or in advance, request a number via email, sent to email@example.com
Any artwork in the Art Expo gallery is eligible to be purchased outright or bid on in either the Silent Auction or the Voice Auction...
Each artwork will have a bid sheet for bids. Use your bid number when bidding. Please clearly print your bid number and the amount bid on the bid sheet.
Minimum Bid is the lowest amount the artist will accept in the Silent Auction.
The Quick Sale price: A buyer may purchase an artwork immediately at the Quick Sale price. Artworks that are purchased at the QS price may be removed immediately by one of the Art Directors after that artwork has been purchased.
After Auction Price: If any artwork does not receive any bids during any auction then it goes to the After Auction price (should the artist be willing to sell the artwork rather than have the work returned to them.) After Auction prices go into effect after 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 12, 2012
Please do not bid on anything if you do not intend to buy.
We gladly accept your credit card for return shipping of you work. You may enter return shipping, after communication with the Art Directors, via the same Art Expo Registration button.
Check or Money Order payments for Artist Alley tables should be made out to:
Space City Con
1600 Eldridge Parkway - Suite 403
Houston, TX 77077
Note: There will be a $40 charge on all returned checks.
Please include a copy/scan of Texas Resale Tax certificate if you will be doing business as a vendor of any capacity at the convention.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
To receive a full refund, cancellation notice must be received in writing and confirmed by an authorized SSC representative before June 1, 2012. Dealer/Artist will receive a refund of one-half of the deposited amount if cancellation notice is received confirmed after June 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2012. Any cancellations after July 1, 2012 will only be given a refund of one-half of the deposited amount if the space is subsequently rented as stated above. Exhibit space not set up one (1) hour before the opening of the first day of the convention will be released, unless prior arrangements have been made through an authorized representative of SSC and in writing. Any applicable refunds will be mailed Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested to the address provided no later than August 31, 2012.
Please indicate your electrical needs on an attached sheet, so SCC can contact you about extra charges. Telephone and internet service must be arranged by contacting The Westin Galleria – Houston directly.
By submitting this deposit, Dealer/Artist acknowledges and affirms that Dealer/Artist has read, understood and agrees to all terms and conditions as stated in this agreement. Dealer/Artist understands that failure to abide by the terms of this agreement may result in the loss of privileges without refund or recourse. Dealer/Artist further acknowledges that Dealer/Artist understands and agrees to any additional rules or official policies stipulated by SSC and that such are equally binding as the terms set forth herein. By agreeing to sell or exhibit at Space City Con, Dealer/Artist agrees to protect and hold Space City Con and Space City Con, LLC. as well as all Space City Con, LLC. Principals, authorized agents and representatives, forever blameless and without liability for any and all loss, theft, damage, cost, injury, acts of God, terrorism or expense that arises from any and all aspects of exhibiting at Space City Con. This agreement covers setup, duration of the convention, and break down and will terminate at 11pm on August 12, 2012. The individual making this purchase affirms and acknowledges that they have the authority to bind Dealer/Artist.
Pirated Item Policy
Pirated copies of copyrighted material are illegal and absolutely prohibited for sale or display at Space City Con. Any Dealer/Artist in possession of pirated or bootleg material shall not bring such materials to the convention. Dealers/Artist with pirated material may be ejected without compensation from the convention, at the sole discretion of an authorized representative of SSC, security, and management. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE APPROPRIATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WILL BE CONTACTED IF PIRATED OR BOOTLEG MATERIALS ARE SUSPECTED.
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The Westin Galleria - Houston
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