The Escapade Art Show

The Escapade art show is a place for you to admire (and display) (and buy) (and sell) art, crafts, and other items. Please join us!

Are you an artist who wants to share her visions with other fen? Do you own art you were once crazy about, but now you think you were just crazy… but you still have that art, and a bunch of replica costume bits? Or maybe you still love that graphic painting of your OTP in a seriously non-canonical scenario -- but your grandmother is moving in with you. Knitted Star Trek socks, molded sets of candles -- or sex toys -- just like your favorite characters would want them, hand-bound books of your memorable fanfiction... they all belong in the Escapade art show!

We display your works lovingly, admire them lasciviously, and, if they get two bids or more, auction them off rapaciously. We welcome original art, resales from your collection, prints and computer-generated art, 3D pieces, crafts, non-art items of fannish interest, and pretty much anything else that seems appropriate.

Sellers can place items to earn extra cash or to raise money for charity and to support the convention. Our charity this year is the American Civil Liberty Union.

Art Show Hours

Friday12 pm - 1pmArt Show Meeting
Friday1 pm - 2 pmCheck In Only
Friday2 pm - 6 pmOpen
Saturday10 am - 6 pmOpen

Art and Charity Auction on Sunday morning at 9:30 am

(followed by Sales/pickup from 11am-to 2pm)


Escapade innovates. When NakedBee took over the art show and auction, she introduced Escapade’s Virtual Art Show. Each year, all art whose owners permit it is photographed by the very skilled curator and, along with detail about the medium and artist, posted to Escapade’s Tumblr account. Attendees and non-attendees can share in the creations, comment on the work, and know what kind of creativity fans bring to the convention.
You can check out a selection of art from previous years at the Escapade Virtual Art Show.


No Hanging Fees
We do not charge hanging fees. Instead, we will accept a 10% commission on sales.
Display Only
We welcome art for display only (i.e., not for sale), if you have something you’d like to share but don’t want to part with permanently.
Our Charity*
Our charities are the ACLU (new in 2017) and the convention itself.

*Because hotel expenses continue to increase dramatically, Escapade has opted to start splitting charity funds, as needed, to keep the convention viable. In 2017, our promise is to divert no more than 50% of charity funds to the hotel bill.


Do you know how many items you might bring to the art show? We won't hold you to this number; it's just to give us an idea for planning purposes. All mailed art must be received by the Monday before the convention. Naked Bee will contact you. We welcome original art, resales from your collection, computer-generated art, 3D pieces, crafts, non-art items of fannish interest… anything else that seems remotely appropriate.

The rules of submission are simple:

Walk-in art accepted Friday of the convention, but the best way to guarantee good space and a good art show is to register your submissions in advance. You can edit your entries as much as you like until advance registration closes (the Monday before the convention).

  • All art must be matted or otherwise ready for display. We display art on tables (if it's flat, propped up on a cardboard display stand); we can't guarantee you a particular space or kind of display, but in practice we have always been able to accommodate special needs.
  • For art mailed in, return postage will be deducted from sales. (You may wish to include a check for return postage in case sales are disappointing; we return or destroy checks if not used.)
  • Make sure your mailed in art arrives by Monday before the convention. Late-received art may not make it to the convention site.
  • In order to keep the art show exciting for viewers, submit only one copy of any particular piece.

We will be open for art check-in on Friday afternoon. The art show will be open for viewing on Friday evening and Saturday. The auction is held Sunday morning for items that receive multiple bids during the art show.

Do you want to participate in the art show?


As always, the art show is also looking for volunteers to help with the show and auction. Get in early on the lascivious admiration! Email to join in the fun!