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Becoming an Artist

We are excited in your interest to participate as an artist for Winterfest and Ai-Kon 2010! We recommend you take the time to review our Ai-Kon 2019 Artist Package and guidelines for application as our policies and processes have changed. Inquiries can be directed to the Artist Coordinator at We look forward to hearing from you!

Ai-Kon 2018 Table Sales

Ai-Kon 2018 art tables will go on sale at 2:00 PM CST Saturday, March 24, 2018. To read the full rules and how to apply, click here!

Ai-Kon 2018 application form

The application form will go live at 2:00 PM CST Saturday, March 24, 2018. Here is what the form looks like (but the real one will include the full rules):


Are you a new artist to Ai-Kon 2018?

Introducing the new Emerging Artist Initiative!

Ai-Kon is happy to introduce an initiative to welcome new artists into our Artist Faire and onto the convention scene! A total of ten artist tables will be made available to artists who have never exhibited at Ai-Kon and/or artists who have not participated at Ai-Kon or Winterfest since 2013 (as an artist or a vendor).

We ask that artists place a focus on anime- and/or Japanese culture-related pieces that follow Ai-Kon’s scope of mandate. Emerging artists must sell their own artwork and must submit examples of this work (either in picture form or a link to an online gallery) with their application. All applications will be reviewed and approved to ensure a good fit for the artist as well as ensuring a diverse group of emerging artists within the Ai-Kon Artist Faire.

The emerging artist tables are available in half size for one artist, full size for one artist, or one artist plus a helper. Please note that only one artist is permitted to sell their works per table size purchased.

The rules regarding artwork, conduct and convention are the same as for all artists, found here.

Applications for this program are open from February 21 to March 17, 2018. All applying artists will be notified of status on March 18, 2018. General art table sales will open on March 24, 2018, at 2:00 PM CST.

Thank you for your interest in the Emerging Artist Initiative! Applications to the program are now closed. 

Ai-Kon Marketplace Hours:

Friday, July 27: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, July 28: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, July 29: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Please email with any questions!