The Balticon Art Show showcases two- and three- dimensional art across the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. Paintings, prints, sculpture and unique jewelry will be on display and for sale via silent auction and Quicksale purchase.

This year we are pleased to have Charles Vess as our Artist Guest of Honor. Come meet him and many of our program participants during our Friday Face Time event on the 5th floor between 9 and 10:30 in the evening, after Opening Ceremonies. Although all of our Guests and Participants are invited to this event, their attendance is optional, so please show your appreciation to those who make themselves available to their fans during Friday Face Time.


Thank you all very much for your patience.  Sorry to say, but the Art Show is now full and no more reservations can be accepted. Contact to see if any cancellations.  See below for instructions.

To register for the Art Show, first create an new account in the Artist Portal at  Once the account has been created, returning artists will be able to update their personal information, register for the Art Show, and fill out their control sheet. Receipts for account creation and registration payment will be sent via email. Please check your spam filters if you do not receive an emailed receipt.

If you are exhibiting in the Balticon Art Show for the first time, please include in your Artist Portal account a URL where we can preview your art.  If you do not have a web site, Etsy site, etc., you can send photos of your art to

Art Show Rules are available for download as a PDF file.

If you prefer to register by mail (to pay with a check), first create a new Artist Portal account.  Once your account is active, you will be able to download a PDF registration form that you can mail in with your check.

We are no longer accepting registrations by FAX.  And we do not accept registrations via email.  PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL CREDIT CARD INFORMATION.

We have a new address for mailing registration forms and art. Please send all correspondence to:

7820B Wormans Mill Rd
PMB 286
Frederick, MD 21701

Web site and BSFan listing:
If you would like us to print a link to your website or contact information and/or up to 10 lines (i.e., 200 words, 1100 characters) of biographical information on our website or BSFan souvenir book, please provide that information by writing to webmaster and BSFan with ARTIST BIO in the subject line. If you have questions or need help, please email us at artshow. Deadline for BSFan is March 31, 2018.

Mail-in art:
If you are mailing in your art, send it postmarked no later than Friday, May 17, 2019, to allow for shipping delays. We will be unable to pick up art at our postal box location after Wednesday, May 22.

Art check in and check out:
The Art Show opens to the public at 5 pm on Friday, and runs til 5 pm Sunday. Artist check-in begins at noon on Friday. Please bring, or have your agent bring, your art to be set up beginning at noon. Artist check-out begins at 3 pm on Sunday. Please have your art packed and ready to check out between 3 and 5 pm on Sunday.


The Art Show opens to the general Balticon membership at 5 pm on Friday, and runs until 5 pm Sunday. Members may purchase artwork in two ways: Auction or Quicksale.

For auction, bidding starts as a silent auction where members are encouraged to place written bids on artwork starting at the listed minimum bid (or higher). Bidding is open until 1 pm Sunday. Any art that receives three or more bids automatically goes to our Sunday voice auction at 2pm. Pieces that receive fewer than three bids are “sold” to the highest bid on the bid sheet, and can be paid for and collected after 3pm Sunday.

For Quicksale, members may purchase art that does not have any bids on it without going to auction at the listed quick sale price. Quicksale purchases must be paid for immediately, however artwork must remain on display until 6 pm Saturday. Please ask an Art Show volunteer for assistance when making a Quicksale purchase. Do not touch or remove artwork from its display.

In both cases, use your badge number as your bidder number when placing bids.

YOUR BID IS A CONTRACT. By filling out a bid sheet you agree to pay the amount listed on the bid sheet.

No food, drink, or bulky bags are allowed in the Art Show. You may check your bag when you enter the Art Show.

Absolutely NO PHOTOGRAPHY is allowed in the Art Show.

Please email artshow if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. See you at Balticon!