Artists Alley Questions

  • How does Artists Alley work?
  • How do I get into the lottery?
  • I didn't get into the lottery - how can I get a table?
  • Can I reserve a spot in Artists Alley now?
  • How can I sign up and get my seat in Artists Alley when I have to hang my art in the Art Show at 10 AM on Friday?
  • Isn't Artists Alley just for artists who aren't good enough to get a dealer table?
  • How does Artists Alley work?
  • Artists Alley is a place for artists to exhibit and sell works of their own creation. There is no charge for a table in Artists Alley; however, the table space is limited and seats are distributed in advance of the convention, by lottery. Anthrocon handles all sales at a central table with cash registers (which accept credit cards) and pays artists in cash for the pieces sold at the end of each day.  This is similar to a "consignment" method of processing purchases.

  • How do I get into the lottery?
    There will be a sign-up form available for a limited time.  See the Artists Alley page for details on how to get into the lottery, and how the lottery works.
  • I didn't get into the lottery - how can I get a table?
    Artists wishing to get a table at the convention who did not win a seat in the lottery may try to get a seat during convention hours.  We employ a first-come first-serve deli number system for assigning tables that become available after we open.  We do all we can to maximize the number of artists we can accommodate; however, due to space, time, and staff constraints, we can only manage so many tables.  In years prior to 2012, every interested artist attending all 3 days of the convention was able to get a table for at least one day.
  • Can I reserve a spot in Artists Alley now?
  • Sorry, no! Seats in Artists Alley are distributed in advance of the convention, by lottery managed on-line.

  • How can I sign up and get my seat in Artists Alley when I have to hang my art in the Art Show at 10 AM on Friday?
  • Please note that you can hang your art in the Art Show between 10 AM and 7 PM on Friday, and the Art Show isn't tentatively scheduled to open to the public until 2 PM on Friday (usually).  Because Alley tables are assigned on-line ahead of the convention, you will know in advance if you need to claim your table in the Alley on Friday.  If so, you can claim your Alley table on Friday any time between 10am and 11:40am.  Plan your morning accordingly.  If you need to make special arrangements, please speak to the Alley Manager at that time, or email them using the Contact Us page.

  • Isn't Artists Alley just for artists who aren't good enough to get a dealer table?
  • That is nonsense! Some of the finest artists in our fandom like to sit in the Alley. You will find many of their works on display in the Art Show. A dealer table costs money, needs to be staffed all day long, every day of the convention, requires that a Pennsylvania sales tax license be obtained, and so on. Some of our artists prefer the freedom that Artists Alley offers to them, as well as the fact that it costs nothing extra and does not involve any government paperwork!  The Alley does have more constraints on it than the Dealer's Room, particularly for the more merchandise-oriented artists, and this causes some artists to prefer the Dealer's Room.

Additional information about Artists Alley can be found on our Artists Alley page.

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