The 2017 Artist Alley is full to capacity, and the waiting list is now extremely long, so the application for artist alley is now closed. Thank you for your interest in Nashicon’s artist alley. If you have any questions, feel free to email email@example.com. Replies to emails may take up to 72 hours, as this is a busy time for email!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Artist Alley?
A literal alley (or in this case, two hallways) lined with artists selling their art and handmade crafts. You’ll find everything from prints to plushies, and maybe some surprises!
What are the hours of the Artist Alley?
Artist Alley will officially be open Friday evening (time TBD) and will be open during the entirety of the convention, until 5pm Sunday. Each individual artist can choose when they set up and pack up their booth, however.
Cash or Credit?
Some artists may have card readers, but the majority will most likely accept cash only. There is an ATM in the convention center lobby, and there are several banks within walking distance of the convention center.
Can I be in the Artist Alley?
The application for our 2017 Artist Alley is now closed, as we are full to capacity. Applications for 2018 will go online some time in the winter of 2017 – please check the website for details in the fall!
How does your application process work?
We are switching to a tiered jury system for 2017! Applications will open on December 5th, 2016, and will remain open for 1 month until January 5th, 2017. Each application received by the deadline will be reviewed, and acceptances will be sent out in January. The application will remain open afterwards, but it is very likely that you will be placed on a waiting list.
What is included with an artist table?
Each artist table costs $65, and includes one (1) 6′ wide skirted table, two (2) chairs, and two (2) artist badges. Additional artist badges may be purchased for $25. No electricity is provided at artist tables, though there is a slight chance your table may be located near an electrical outlet.
As an Artist, what can and can’t I sell?
You can sell anything that you created yourself, or that features your own artwork. This includes handcrafted items. If you are selling manufactured goods such as t-shirts, purses, leggings, washi tape or others, they MUST feature your own artwork. Prohibited items include food and drink, bootleg items, weaponry, duplications of official licensed material (including logos or printed/copied images from licensed works), and commercially available items.
What about fanart?
Fanart is allowed, but it must be your own creation – no tracing or copies of copyrighted work! Most companies do not allow the reproduction of their logos, as well. Also, be aware that some companies and creators strictly prohibit the sale of any fanmade works in the likeness of their characters. This includes Disney properties (including Marvel and Star Wars), anything owned by Fox (X-Men, Futurama, and a lot of others), Rooster Teeth properties (RWBY, Red vs. Blue, etc.), Welcome to Nightvale, Bee and Puppycat, Nyancat, Portal, and others. Parody is okay, as long as it is obviously parody. As a rule of thumb, before creating any art or crafts featuring canon characters, you should try to find out if the creator or license holder(s) have any rules or restrictions against using their characters. If you’re unsure, just drop us a line at artists(at)nashicon.com and we’ll do our best to help!
Can I share a table with a friend?
Artists may share their table with other artists who have been accepted to the artist alley. Artists may not share table space with artists who were rejected. If you would like to share your table with a friend who has been waitlisted, you may do so as long as you notify us so that we can take them off of the waiting list. If you would like to share your table with a friend who did not apply for artists alley, please notify us and send us examples of their work so that we can approve them. The easiest way to share your table with a friend is to include your friend’s work with your initial application.
Can I hold a raffle or lottery?
Only if it is free to enter – raffles and lotteries are considered gambling in South Carolina, and you must be a non-profit organization in order to legally hold a paid raffle/lottery. This includes giving a ticket to anyone who buys something – that is not technically free, as you would have to buy something in order to obtain the ticket.
What about 18+ or adult content?
18+ materials can be sold in our artist alley, but with two conditions. 1) Any objectionable parts need to be covered up (many artists use post-it notes and the like) and 2) You must check to make sure anyone who is looking at or buying said materials is over 18.
Do I need a business license? What about taxes?
You do not need a retail license to sell at NashiCon, under South Carolina code section 12-36-510(C). If you file taxes as a business or write off art-related expenses on your taxes as business expenses, you will need to collect SC sales tax and send it to the SC Department of Revenue. You can find this information at https://dor.sc.gov/tax/sales.
What about my table display?
Keep it within the dimensions of the table. The tables are 6′ wide, 30″ deep and 36″ tall. Overhead displays are allowed, but please make sure they are stable – we don’t want any injuries! Please do not stick things to the walls, windows or ceiling. Music is allowed at your table but keep it on a low volume!
Will there be somewhere to store my inventory/displays overnight?
We are in a hallway and due to this we will not have a secure area for you to keep your inventory/displays overnight. Please be prepared for this. NashiCon is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged property left unattended in the convention center.
Can I bring my own table/chairs/furniture?
Please do not bring your own tables. Everyone gets the space they pay for and extra tables cause traffic and fire hazards. If you have a small/portable stool or folding chair that is acceptable, however please keep it behind your table and out of the way of traffic.
What is the minimum age for being an artist in the Artist’s Alley?
You must be at least 16 years old in order to be a vendor at Nashicon. Children younger than 16 are allowed to work at artist alley tables, provided a parent or chaperone over 18 years old is present with them.
I have a question that isn’t covered here!
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