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Dragon*Con 2005 Art Show

04/01/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Calling science fiction, fantasy, horror, media and astronomical artists.

Our pals at Dragon*Con cordially invite you to apply to be a part of the Dragon*Con 2005 Art Show. Dragon*Con is one of the largest annual Science Fiction and Fantasy theme conventions in the world with an attendance of over 20,000 people. The Art Show which includes the Art Gallery, Artist Bazaar, Print Shop, One-of-a-kind Doll department and Art on Demand department will be located in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Imperial Ballroom, USA. This location puts the Art Show in the middle of the convention and on the same floor as the Exhibitor's Hall and the autographs.

Dragon*Con are planning various events for the Dragon*Con 2005 Art Show including the 5th annual Iron Artist contest, a large canvas on which all the artists can work (which will be sold at auction), an art salon, making art with live models, live music, demos, how-to's, and other events. Dragon*Con will be hosting our annual Artists Reception on Friday night of the convention. Panel discussions and demonstrations are very important to the Art Show. The programming room for all Art Show programs is located next to the main entrance of the Art Show.

Artists are welcome to enter art in all the different types of space Dragon*Con have available.

New One-of-a-kind Doll department.
Every year the Dragon*Con Art Show continues to expand into new areas. This year Dragon*Con are announcing a new section of the Art Show, one-of-a-kind-dolls. Each doll is created by hand by master doll makers.

Art Gallery
The Art Gallery has various types of space available to display your artwork. Dragon*Con use a standard 4-ft. x 4-ft. pegboard for hanging space. Dragon*Con have 6 ft. tables available, as well as floor space. There is a 10% commission charged on all artwork sold in the Art Gallery.

Print Shop
The Art Show has a large area to display prints. There is a 15% commission charged on all artwork sold in the Print Shop. Only Professionals and Amateurs can exhibit work in the Print Shop.

Artists' Bazaar Tables
These tables located in the main Art Show room are discounted sales tables for artists. All items for sale on these tables are either made by the artist or from the artist's designs. The Artists Bazaar is an area for Professional artists to present merchandise related to their art and is located in the main art exhibition room. Bazaar pieces range from the unusual to the exotic. Membership is not included with the bazaar table. Only professional artists exhibiting in the Art Gallery, Print Shop, or Art on Demand departments are eligible for an Artist Bazaar table.

Art on Demand Department
The Digital Art department is changing its name to the Art on Demand department and expanding to include any artwork that can be made into a computer file. This can include artwork created completely on computer to scans of originals. This department will display all of these art entries on full color prints, which will be located in the main Art Show ballroom. These prints will enable attendees to preview this art and make selections to purchase prints via the con's printing service. Artists will be able to upload their entered artwork to their own FTP site or if need be; Dragon*Con can receive entries via snail mail on CD-ROM.

If an attendee wants to purchase a print of one of the images, they can have it printed "On Demand" by a professional printer and have a selection of not only print size, but print type: Canvas (either loose or stretch frame-mounted), Glossy Premium Archive Grade Lightjet Paper, Matte Premium Archive Grade Lightjet Paper, Watercolor Paper, or Metallic Premium Archive Grade Lightjet Paper, high quality, and canvas tote bag. All of the art purchased in this department is shipped to the customer after the show.

Discussions and Demonstrations
An excellent way to promote yourself is to share some of your experience in one of the Art Panels. If you are interested in doing a demonstration, to be included on programming or panel discussions, do a slide show, or just have some great ideas for Art Show programming, let them know by July 1, 2005.

Awards
The Art Show guests' artist determines most of their awards; but convention attendees will vote on a portion of the art awards. Attending artists will choose the Artist Choice Award. Award categories will include but are not limited to Best In Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, 2-D, 3-D, Photography, & Mixed Media for both Professional and Amateur Artists. There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards for student entrees.

Jury deadlines
The Dragon*Con Art Show is a juried show. Dragon*Con have two jury opportunities. The deadline for jury opportunity 1 is Feb. 1, 2005 and the deadline for jury opportunity 2 is May 1, 2005. You only need to pass one of the jury opportunities to get in the show.

More details via www.dragoncon.org

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