Artist Alley Applications Coming Soon

Artist Alley applications for 2018 will be opening soon.

Should you have any questions about anything, please feel free to email our Artist Alley Coordinator, and we will get to you as soon as possible!

To apply for an artist table in our Artist Alley, review our Artist Alley rules and guidelines below before proceeding to the submission at the bottom of the page. Our rules and guidelines detail the information that an artist must familiarize themselves with, and agree to, if they wish to operate within the Artist Alley. Note: We bundle the table and membership.

The process of getting a table will involve an initial application submission. First Step: All submissions will be judged in order to ensure the highest about of variety and quality in the Artist Alley. Second Step: Those qualifying will be entered into a lottery based on type of artwork – print artists, jewelers/sculptures, plushies/apparel, bath works, and other/miscellaneous – for placement in the Artist Alley. Third Step: Those who are selected through the lottery will be sent confirmation and information with how to purchase a table and up to two convention memberships. If you have already received a membership, there will be instructions on how to get your table at the normal price.

We have limited space. Those that reach the lottery step and are not selected will be put on a waiting lottery list, in the event of a table becoming available for another drawing. If you do not follow the rules or fail to provide what is needed, your application will be rejected and you will have to resubmit. MTAC is not responsible for any damages or theft. If for any reason those who have been selected through the lottery and submitted payment needs that payment refunded, refunds for any reason shall only be available prior to February 1, 2018.

Should you have any questions about anything, please feel free to email our Artist Alley Coordinator, and we will get to you as soon as possible!

General Rules

  • All convention rules, as well as all local state and federal laws apply inside the Artist Alley.
  • An artist may not sell their table to a third party/another artist without express permission from the Artist Alley Coordinator.
  • No running, screaming, yelling, roughhousing, sparring, etc.
  • No equipment that will produce noxious fumes are allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, t-shirt presses, welding equipment, and so forth. (if you are unsure about a piece of equipment, ask)
  • No squatting. If you did not pay for the table, it is not yours.
  • All displays must be secured and stable. Any artist with unsecured stands will be asked to take them down.
  • Displays should be no more than eight feet in height, when measured from the floor.
  • No attaching things to the wall.
  • No smoking or drinking will be permitted in the alley.
  • No third party sales. Each artist must be selling their own work, not that of other people.
  • Collaborative works, where multiple artists worked on a single project, are acceptable and must be noted beforehand.
    You must be 18 years or older to rent a table. Photo IDs will be needed when checking in.

Fan Art Policies

  • Fan art is defined as “An interpretation of an existing character in the artist’s own style, falling under fair use.”
  • Fair Use is defined as “a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of creative work.”
  • If you did not come up with the character on your own, but you drew it in your own style, this would be fan art.
  • Fan art must be an original design, drawn in your own style with your own poses and ideas. (Tracing, duplication of an existing pictures will be considered blatant copyright infringement and will not be allowed; the use of licensed fonts and logs also falls under copyright infringement)
  • Buttons, pins, hats, t-shirts, jewelry, and bags bearing official art of a licensed character are not allowed. This list is not inclusive.
  • If it can be purchased in the dealer’s room as official merchandise it has no place inside the artist alley.
  • If an artist has and can produce proof of explicit permission from the copyright holder to use, the then items will be allowed. The liaison must first be contacted and shown proof of this permission. The permission must be displayed at all times at the table.

Permitted Art Work

  • Original artwork. The more the merrier.
  • Fan artwork.
  • Parody work. (Existing characters and situations used in a work of parody in the artist’s own style.)
  • On-site commissions.
  • Original plush toys, dolls and other similar items. Toys, dolls and other items depicting the artist’s original designs are allowed.
  • Hand-made jewelry.
  • T-shirts/bags featuring the artist’s original designs or work.
  • Original/handmade clothing and accessories.
  • Original sculptures/figurines.
  • Perler bead sculptures are allowed but count towards your 70% fan art work.
  • Props. (props are subject to follow the event’s weapons policy)
    *Any and all adult work must be labeled and out of view of minors.

Prohibited Items/Art

  • Duplication/Reproduction of licensed material.
  • Reselling of commercial products.
  • Food or drink to be sold from the table as product.
  • Weapons (This does not include props).
  • Bootlegs or piracy.
  • Mass-produced prints or merchandise.
  • Items modified from bulk product or products that can be edited or altered for resell. (Example: Dice earrings, turning Gashapon into keychains, etc.)