Artists’ Alley

Hello Artists, and thank you for your interest in Pop Cult Anime Con’s Artists’ Alley!

Signups will begin at noon on March 1st, 2017 and end at noon on March 30th, 2017. Applications will be juried as space is limited. We’ll be looking specifically for artists who:

* are at least 18 years of age and have a Massachusetts Tax ID.
* offer both fan and original artwork.
* represent a mix of both anime and popular culture fandoms.
               * have something special/unusual in their sales portfolio.

We have two space sizes available for artists. First are basic 6’ table spaces for $60 each. These are best suited for individual artists and small studios. The second are very limited 10’ corner tables for $100 each. These are meant for larger studios or to be shared between artists. Table prices include one convention badge each. Extra convention badges will be available to purchase at a discounted rate for artists once they’ve been accepted into the alley.

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The jurying process will take place during the first few weeks of April. Artist Alley staff will sort applicants into one of four categories (prints/crafts/textiles/comics) they feel best match the overall work seen in each portfolio. Applicants who surpass the above jurying points will be offered the first wave of tables. Applicants who meet the jurying points will be placed on a waiting list in the order they applied and will be accepted into the alley as tables become available on a first-come/first-served basis. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be fairly informed that they are not on the waiting list and encouraged to try again next year.

Important – Sharing Tables with Another Artist!
Artists sharing tables must sign up for the AA together and supply examples of each individual artist’s work at that time. The contact artist will from then on be responsible for the table but understand that the whole of the artists’ work will be considered during the jurying process. Please understand this also concerns the age and MA Tax ID status of each artist (i.e. if one artist is ineligible, the entire table will be considered ineligible.) This is to keep the jury process fair for all artists.
Upon acceptance, the contact artist will be solely responsible for organizing their table guests, including payment and forwarding of information from AA staff about their table. Artists who are not the main contact are free to drop from the table at their discretion, but will not be able to be replaced by another artist after initial sign ups. If the contact artist cancels the table, the entire table will be considered canceled. That said, artists are encouraged to choose their tablemates wisely.

Important – Basic Rules & Cancellation/Refund Policy
Please fill out your AA applications completely before sending them in, as they will not be able to be modified afterward. While artists are encouraged to have assistants at their tables, please understand that the actual artist of the works on each table must be in attendance at the convention and not simply sending others to sell their work. A more detailed ‘code of conduct’ will be sent to accepted artists closer to the convention, containing table assignments; hours; check-in information; and some minor display restrictions. Payment will be expected at time of acceptance. Any artist who declines or needs to cancel before the convention will forfeit their table to another artist on the waitlist. Artists may cancel their table for a full refund up to 30 days before the convention. Artists may still cancel their table within 30 days of the convention but will not be able to receive a refund.

Important – Typos in the Application!
We were heartbroken to realize that several artists who applied with us last year had typos in either their email or website addresses and were thus unable to be contacted or juried properly. Awful as it is, small mistakes like these help narrow down the jury. We sincerely encourage each of you to double-check your information before hitting send, at PCAC or any convention you apply to! We wish nothing but good luck to all of you who sign up for our Artists’ Alley in its second year!

The sign-up form can be found here!

For additional information, questions and clarifications about our Artists’ Alley, please contact Raye & Joanie at artistalley@popcultanimecon.com