Confluence 2013
The 25th Annual Literary Sci-Fi Convention in Pittsburgh
July 19th - 21st, 2013
Holiday Inn Pittsburgh Airport

Main Menu
-- About Confluence
-- Hotel and Directions
-- Guests
-- Writing Contest
-- Alpha: Teen Writing Workshop
-- Art Show
-- Video Room
-- Dealers
-- Workshops and Programming
-- Membership Info


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Confluence Art Show Rules

  1. Only the artist’s original work or signed-and-numbered limited edition art can be entered into the show. Confluence has no Print Shop. (Sorry)
  2. All art must have a science fiction, fantasy or horror theme.
  3. While we have a very small area for Mature Art, we are most suited to art that can be viewed by all ages.
  4. All art must be matted or mounted in a way suitable for hanging to ensure that the artwork is undamaged during display. If art is 3-dimensional, please state whether it is permissible to touch.
  5. The art show will collect a 10% commission on the sale of any art. There will be a $2.00 per-piece hanging fee on Not For Sale artwork, due at the time of hanging.
  6. Agenting is permitted. All agents must have a letter of permission from the artist to display the art in question at Confluence. A copy of this letter will be retained by the art show, and the payment for the art sold will be sent directly to the artist, not the agent.
  7. Any art with two or more bids will go to auction on Sunday. All art with only one bid at the close of show Sunday is sold to that bidder.
  8. During the open hours of the show, any work that has no bid (and is not listed as “Not For Sale”) may be purchased for the quick sale price. The art show staff should be consulted for quick sale purchases. Any art that is not paid for and picked-up by 4 pm on Sunday will be sent back to the artist.
  9. Mail-in art is permitted and welcome. All artists who wish to mail art to the Confluence show must include a return address and postage. Send the art to:

    Heidi Pilewski
    760 South Margaretta St.
    Turtle Creek, PA 15145

    Art show sales checks will be returned with the art, where possible.
Send art show inquiries (but no art) to:

Joan Fisher ( )
809 Sleepy Hollow Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15234

MAIL IN DEADLINE: Some day as yet to be defined, July 2013
(Email if you need an extension.)

Art Show Schedule
Friday Noon to 4:30 pm
4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
8:00 pm
Art show setup
Artist check-in
Art show open to public
Art show closed for day
Saturday 9:00 am to Noon
10:00 am
6:00 pm
Artist check-in
Art show opens to public
Art show closed for day
Sunday 10:00 am to Noon
see program
after auction ends
after auction ends
after auction ends
Art show opens to public
Art show sales and display closes
Art Show Auction
Art Sales open
Artist checkout
Art show tear down

What is Quick-Sale?

Quick sale is a process by which a prospective buyer interested in a piece of art may bypass the bidding process, if and only if, that item of art has no bids previously placed on it. The opportunity to use the Quick Sale process is not available on those art pieces that are marked "N/A" or blank in the quick sale price block, or if the art has already has bids placed on it.

Why Use Quick-Sale?

The benefits are it gives the purchaser the opportunity to buy the art outright (which is effectively what quick-sale does), and gives the purchaser the assurance that they can get the art they want without the risk of losing it to another bidder. It also helps them organize their time, since they do not have to set aside time to check their bids and risk needing to attend the art auction to defend their bids.

How Does Quick Sale Work?

The art buyer notes whether or not a piece of art is available for quick sale (see What is Quick Sale?), and if the piece is still available, gets the assistance of one of the art show staff in marking it sold. (This must be performed by the Art show staff and none other.) It is not policy to let the buyer remove the art from the show early (why miss the opportunity to gloat over getting it?).

When Can Quick Sale be Used?

Quick sale is in effect at any point when the Art Show is open. It may not be used at any other time.

Download Art Show Rules and Forms

Confluence Art Show Rules (21 kb)
Confluence Control Sheet (16 kb)
Confluence Bid Sheets (10 kb)
Confluence Quick Sale (17 kb)

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