Art Show & Print Shop
The Kyle Thomas Art Show at ConGlomeration is an exhibition of science fiction and fantasy art in several media — particularly illustrations and sculpture — available free to all attendees of ConGlomeration 2020, which will be held Easter weekend — April 10-12, 2020 — at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY.
Our ad hoc gallery is one of the most respected and well attended art shows on the convention circuit, with professional artists from across the country submitting pieces for competition and sale.
ConGlomeration also offers a wide array of arts-related programming to help you hone your own skills as an artist.
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For Visitors and Convention Members
ConGlomeration welcomes all visitors to view, judge, and even purchase exhibits from our annual Art Show.
Every visitor is encouraged to vote for our annual ConGlomeration Art Show Awards. Just pick up a voting sheet from the monitor desk when you enter the Art Show, and vote for the exhibits you consider the most outstanding in each of our award categories. Your encouragement means a great deal to our artists, and your vote counts!
Those same pieces you’re voting on are also available for purchase. (And while the love they feel during our Art Show Awards is wonderful, love don’t pay the rent. Support your artists by buying their art!)
The ConGlomeration Art Show offers a silent auction for every piece on exhibit. Simply place the price you’re willing to pay on the bid sheet accompanying each piece and, if you’re not outbid, the item will be yours at the close of the Art Show on Sunday. (Print copies of original works are available anytime during Art Show hours.)
Any piece that earns more than two silent bids will go up for public bid at our Live Art Auction on Saturday evening (a lively social event that serves as a prelude to our Cosplay Masquerade). Special charity items also appear in the Live Auction that are not available elsewhere in the Art Show, so you don’t want to miss it!
Art Show and Print Shop hours
- Friday 1pm – 7pm
- Saturday 10am – 6pm
- Sunday 9am – 12pm
- Saturday 7 p.m.
Art Show Awards
Art Show awards are designed especially for the convention and look different every year. Awards will be presented in the following categories:
- Best Science Fiction work
- Best Fantasy work
- Best Horror work
- Best Monochrome work
- Best 3-D work
- Best in Show
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For Participating Artists
We will accept both original art and limited edition prints for the Art Show. Limited edition prints must be editions of 500 or less. Open edition prints and limited edition prints of images other than those in the Art Show may be placed in the Print Shop.
To enter limited edition prints in the Art Show, original art must also be submitted. (Note: the original art does not have to be the same image as any of the prints.) For each piece of original art submitted, up to three different limited edition prints may be submitted (two pieces original art, up to six limited edition prints, 3 for 9, etc.) Decisions of the Art Show Director as to what constitutes original art will be final.
Original Art: Work done in acrylics, oils, pen and ink, charcoal, etc. 3D Art; handmade pieces of any material. Hand-painted commercial castings will not be accepted as original art.
Prints: Any work using photo-reproduction (e.g. offset printing, etc.); hand-colored reproductions made using some form of photo-reproduction.
Mail-in art is accepted and encouraged. All mail-in art must be received by Friday, March 27, 2020 and must include completed paperwork, mailing labels and sufficient monies to cover any return postage. Send art to:
ConGlomeration Art Show
c/o Kyle Y. Thomas
7222 Arnoldtown Road
Louisville, KY 40214
All artwork must be submitted with bid sheets and control sheets. When reserving space, let us know how many bid/control sheets you anticipate needing and they will be supplied. Any pieces in the Art Show receiving three or more written bids will go to the Live Art Auction.
A 10-percent commission is charged for total Art Show sales over $20. There is no commission charged for Print Shop sales. Print Shop space is free for any artist entering the Art Show, otherwise tables are priced as below. There is no panel space for the Print Shop.
The Art Show will take all reasonable measures to safeguard the artwork submitted. However, we cannot guarantee the safety of any individual work. We strongly recommend that you insure all artwork. We will not reimburse artists for damaged, lost, or stolen artwork.
Art Show panels are 4’x4′ pegboard with hooks and clips provided. All artwork should be matted for display. Print Shop prints are not required to be matted (but it is a good idea to do so!). Space will be provided to walk-in artists on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reserving space is highly recommended.
Prices for Table and Panel Space
- $75 for Artists Alley space (includes one membership), 6′ x 18″ table (includes one 1/2 panel), tablecloth, and two chairs; allows for live sketches/commissions to be sold
- $10 per 4’x 4’ panel or 6’ round table
- $5 per half-panel or half-table
You can reserve your Art Show space immediately online or by mail. Payment (check or money order) must be sent with any snail mail reservations. Artist Alley spaces include membership. Art Show panel or table reservations do not include membership to the convention; memberships must be purchased separately. You may also register for ConGlomeration online.
ConGlomeration also offers an Artists Alley wherein artists may create sketches, sculptures, textiles, or similar works on commission, on demand at the convention during Dealers Room hours. (ConGlomeration reserves the right to refuse and/or refund Artist Alley spaces to exhibitors who do not meet the qualifications above.)
Artist Alley spaces are $75 and include a standard Membership, a 6′ x 18″ table in an 8’x 5′ space, two chairs, a tablecloth, and a 4′ x 4′ pegboard space in the Art Show. Additional Artist Alley table staff should purchase their own standard ConGlomeration memberships.
By submitting art to the ConGlomeration Art Show, you demonstrate that you agree to and understand the above terms.
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Who is Kyle Thomas?
Dating back to our predecessor convention, Rivercon, Kyle has directed fandom art shows for over a quarter century. His tireless, enthusiastic, and generous stewardship of both fandom art and genre artists has earned him renown and appreciation across the country.
In 2019, ConGlomeration renamed our Art Show & Print Shop in his honor; a small token of appreciation for his literal decades of contributions to sci-fi and fantasy art.
Want to spend a long weekend with the legendary Kyle Thomas? Register for ConGlomeration!
Volunteer in the Art Show
We need volunteers to help assemble the Art Show panels during Setup Hours on Thursday evening and Friday morning, which often involves light lifting and use of a power drill. Process is reversed during Teardown on Sunday. Those who provide their own cordless power drills are rewarded with access to the Hospitality Suite Secret Stash (donuts; lots of donuts).
Volunteer for six hours and you get an exclusive, not-for-sale platypus parody t-shirt.
Art Show Questions?
Contact Kyle Thomas & Colleen Logsdon, Art Show Co-chairs [email@example.com]