Art Show Blog

About the JordanCon Art Show

JordanCon 2018 will be the tenth JordanCon and the seventh year for the Art Show. For those of us who have been with the convention since JordanCon 1, it's hard to believe we're at year 10 already. The last decade has been a whirlwind of amazing experiences, treasured friendships and continual inspiration.

During the past seven years our artists have helped raised almost $6000 for Mayo Clinic's Amyloidosis Research fund, between Art Show sales, Charity Art Jam auctions, and our own special brand of "shenanigans," (on top of what the other Charity Events raise every year). Our Guests of Honor have included a Who's Who list of award-winning artists: Sam Weber, Michael Whelan, Larry Elmore, Todd Lockwood, John Picacio, and in 2017, the gracious and talented, Stephen Hickman. We've also been blessed with an equally amazing pool of returning artists who bring us a beautiful Art Show each year and who generously lend their time and talents to our Art Track, a full programming track of art-related panels, workshops and demonstrations that runs throughout the weekend.

But rest on our laurels, WE. WILL. NOT. But what we WILL do is return to where we began. Or almost.

Art Show Awards

Each year the JordanCon Art Show awards four awards to recognize the most outstanding works by our exhibiting artists.

The first award is a Judges' Choice Award for the best work of art in that year's show, as determined by a panel consisting of our Art Show directors and the Artist Guest of Honor for that year. This award doesn't necessarily have to go to a single work. It can be (and has been) awarded to a group of works that work together as a thematic whole, such as Joe O'Hara's group of Wheel of Time character portraits, which won the prize at JordanCon IV. The winner of the Judge's Choice Award is presented with a trophy and a framed certificate. You can see photos of these award winners over the years in the list below. It's immediately obvious why they were selected by our Guest of Honor as outstanding art.

Have Art, Will Travel

We hear it every year at JordanCon.

"Oh, my god, I'd LOVE to own a print of that art, but I don't have any space in my luggage..."
"I'm driving (or flying) a long way and it will just get destroyed on my way home ..."
"I would love to look at that art every day, but I don't know how I'd frame it..."
"I don't want to buy it unless I can frame it. And framing is just so expensive...."
"I would love to buy some art, but I'm not really sure what I should be looking for..."
"It's beautiful, but I'm just not sure where I'd put it...."
"How would I know if I am getting a good deal...."

These are the sorts of questions that many people have when buying art, especially if the idea that they too can own unique, original art is a new one to them.
This series of blog posts is designed to help you solves the problems and answer these questions so that you too can begin building your own personal collection of art. Bringing art into your life is a sure-fire way to enliven your living space and bring you joy every day.

So let's get started! Our first topic:

How to travel with Art.

Meet the Artist: Michael Bielaczyc

http://michaelbielaczyc.com/

From the many talented artists who show their work at JordanCon, Michael Bielaczyc's body of work is among the most diverse. Michael works in many different media -- sometimes all at once -- but his favorites are oil paints and video. He himself will tell you that he is happiest when he is in the middle of twenty different projects, and his studio is often littered with the starts of illustrations, masks and paintings, manuscripts and sculptures. Ideas. At JordanCon, you can usually find him at the Charity Art Jam cranking out art for the Charity Auction, or hard at work in the Aradani Studios booth. Go by and say hello.

JordanCon 9 Charity Game: Ta'veren Ties

AKA "Pink Ribbons"

This year we are reviving a fun charity fundraiser event from a few years ago which we call "Ta'veren Ties." Our amazing (and tolerant) "Mat Cauthon" cosplayers will be given a token to identify them as participants in the game (please don't give your ribbon to someone who doesn't want to play). JordanCon's attendees will purchase pink ribbons to award to the Mat Cauthon cosplayer they like best. You award your ribbon to your favorite Mat by tying it on them (with their consent). We will count them on Saturday just before the Dance Party to see which Mat was JordanCon's favorite.

Please read below to find out more about how you can help us raise additional money for the Mayo Clinic's Amyloidosis Research Fund, all while having an amazing amount of fun.

Meet the Artist: Amanda Makepeace

www.amandamakepeace.com

Amanda Makepeace is a JordanCon favorite who has quietly built a following here for her beautiful, evocative work. In 2015, she was awarded the Judge's Choice Award by Artist Guest of Honor Todd Lockwood and the Art Show directors for her painting "Renascentia." Amanda is an Artist, Changeling, Wanderer, Bird Whisperer and part-time Owl Queen. When she is not in the studio, she is usually reconnecting with nature and the woods that inspired her as a child (and which continue to inspire her work today). If you are coming to JordanCon this year, be sure to check out her work and say hello.

Meet the Artist: Joe O'Hara

www.studiojohara.com

Joe O'Hara is a licensed Wheel of Time artist, with art featured in The Wheel of Time Companion as well as in Ta'veren Tees' popular Wheel of Time calendars. In 2012 he won the first-ever JordanCon Art Show Judge's Choice Award for his work "Wheel of Time Characters," an entire panel of 18 original Wheel of Time character portraits. While he has become recognized among fans for his amazing art as well as his Mat Cauthon cosplay, his true claim to notoriety is as one of the founders and instigators of the tWoTcast podcast. In 2014, he and the rest of the tWoTcast crew were toastmasters at JordanCon.

Art Show Programming at JordanCon 7

Since we have a much larger venue this year, for the first time we are able to offer Art and Dealer Hall related programming in it's very own, dedicated space within Salon A. Salon A is where you'll find the Art Show- along with our fantastic Artist Guest of Honor Todd Lockwood - the Dealer Hall, and, now, Art Show programming.

Now that the schedule is available online, we thought it would be a great time to give you a bit more "insider" info on the programming we have in store. Read on!

Preparing Art for the JordanCon Print Shop

by Paul Bielaczyc

Wherein Paul walks us through how to prepare your prints for inclusion in the Print Shop

For many of you that have submitted art to a Print Shop before, you can probably skip this tutorial. But if this is your first time to participate in a Print Shop, you may want to read ahead for a few pointers on how to prepare your prints.

All artwork that is submitted to the Art Show's Print Shop must be bagged and boarded or “bagged and backed,” as it is often called by art shows. This helps protect your artwork as people handle it. While all prints must be bagged and backed to be accepted into our Print Shop, you are free to decide if you would like to mat them as well, or not. That part is up to you.

The JordanCon Art Show - 2014 Wrap-Up

Our third Art Show proved that we’re really only just starting to hit our stride. Larry Elmore was a gracious, generous and enjoyable guest. It was so much fun to hang out with him til the wee hours each night, to hear his stories, and – of course – gawk at his beautiful art up close and in person. The man really is a legend and one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Many of us came away with wonderful memories and anecdotes of his presence at JordanCon. Amazing!

Meet the Artist: Ariel Burgess

www.artistarielburgess.com

Ariel Burgess hails from the Washington, D.C area, where she has lived most of her life. Her family is filled with artists and red heads, so she was destined for both. At an early age she set her sights on a career in comic book illustration, and recently finished her Associates of Web Design at Montgomery College.

In her art, Ariel chooses to bring fictitious things and people to life. She does not think she could have made The Wheel of Time® cards if she had not been such a fan of the series or loved the characters so deeply. Because of that love, Ariel introduced her family to the series, and now they love it as much as she.

Ariel has been attending JordanCon and exhibiting her art there since 2012. Her work is featured in The Wheel of Time Companion.

Meet the Artist: Melissa Gay

www.melissagay.com

I adore tales of mystery and imagination that send the adrenaline flowing and the heart racing, whether they be ancient folk tales, classic science fiction, or modern urban fantasy! I tend to gush and use a lot of exclamation points when excited, and illustrating the things I love excites me a lot!!! I feel I have so much more to learn, and my goal is to be a lifelong student, always observing, always pushing the boundaries of my artistic comfort zone (which is very small, so I tend to push it constantly).

Since first attending JordanCon in 2014, Melissa has become a mainstay of the JordanCon Art Show family. Stop by her booth and say hello!

How long have you considered yourself an artist?

All my life,really. I was always That Kid Who Can Draw to people at school-- until high school, when I was sent to a really hard college prep school, and I had to take notes instead of drawing in class all the time!

Meet the Artist: Sam Flegal

www.samflegal.com

As an illustrator for both book covers and games, Sam Flegal specializes in painting strange scenes of epic fantasy and graphic horror. He describes his art as “stylized realism,” portraying fantastical things in a comic book-like graphic manner, but with an eye towards real life. Sam’s preferred medium is oil paint.

Sam first joined us at the 2014 Art Show and since then we've been fortunate to have him with us each year. Sam will be attending again this year, so stop by the show and check out his wonderful work.

The JordanCon Art Show - 2013 WrapUp

JordanCon V was a fantastic success and an amazing good time! Our goal was to double the amount the Art Show sends to the Mayo Clinic this year, and we quadruped it, with a total donation of over $575 to fund Mayo’s Amyloidosis research. We wanted to have some art-related programming this year, and we fielded not one, not two, not even three, but seven – SEVEN - separate events, including a retrospective of Michael Whelan career, led by the man himself, panels on Wheel of Time art and a panel featuring the Stormlight Archives artists.

Setting Bid Prices for the Art Show

by Paul Bielaczyc

Hey guys. Paul here. I thought I would write a quick how-to-price tutorial for those artists who haven't been in many convention art shows.

What the prices mean

Most art shows have three prices for each piece hanging in the art show: Minimum Bid, Quick Sale, and Sunday Sale. For JordanCon, you can set these prices when you submit your art via our online art submission form. (And of course you can always mark a piece as "NFS" or "Not for Sale.")

Art Show Tips

by Paul Bielaczyc

For those of you that have been in plenty of art shows, feel free to skip this section. But for many of our artists, this might be one of their first art shows, so here are some tips I have learned over the years that I think you'll find helpful.