Art Show


While we usually have room for walk-ins on Friday as well as student art arriving Friday to be hung it is recommended to let us know in advance to reserve space! Come and look at their art, place a bid or buy on quick sale if you're the first. In addition, there will be a selection of items in the Print Shop!


This is how it works:


Artists bring or mail artwork to the convention and hang it in our show. If you choose to mail in artwork, it will be hung by volunteers.

If an attendee wishes to buy from the print shop they pick up the piece they want and take it to the art show desk and pay for it. Very easy!

Each item that is for sale has three prices; a Minimum Bid, a Quick Sale price, and an After Auction price. As the convention goes on, people wander through the art show and place bids on art work. If no one has bid on an item, the bidder has two options. They may place a bid for an amount equal to or greater than the minimum bid. In this case, anyone else may bid on it as well. Any item with two or more bids will go to auction. If no one else bids on it, the item will go to the original bidder for the minimum bid price. If the first bidder knows that this piece is one that they must have, they may make a Quick Sale if there are no other bidders. The bidder wanting to take advantage of the Quick Sale price will ask the Art Show Staff to mark the item as a Quick Sale. The bidder will pay the Quick Sale price for the item when they pick it up on Sunday. The item is considered sold, but will remain on display until Sunday.

The Art Show will close approximately an hour before the auction. Any piece with two or more bids and any piece the art show staff deems worthy will be taken to the Auction. At the Auction, the works are sold to the highest bidder.

When the Art Show opens after the auction, any unsold pieces will be available for immediate purchase at the After Auction price. Previously purchased artwork will be available for payment and pickup. Any one that needs to make other arrangements will need to speak to Art Show staff. Purchasers are asked to be responsible and pay for and pick up their purchases in a timely fashion. The alternative is not pretty.

Any attending artist should come to the show around noon on Sunday to pick up any unsold artwork. Payment for artwork sold will be mailed to the artist in a timely fashion. Mailed in artwork will be returned to the artist as soon as possible.


Other Notes:


Patrons - the price of your art purchase is subject to Iowa sales tax in addition to what is bid.

Artists - If you, as an artist, would like to attend ICON and participate in panels or demos, please send us an email to Art Show on the Contact Us page and we'll make sure you are included on the schedule.




In our ever evolving Art Show, we will be hosting a special Student Art Show for High School Age and College Students! The student will be allowed to hang/display one work of art at no cost!

The art should arrive ready to display with an attached bid sheet. If the item is not for sale, please mark the price as NFS. Classes may choose to submit multiple submissions in the same mailing container.

Submitted student artwork will be reviewed and awards will be given to deserving artwork.

ICON42 Student Art Submission Form.pdf

ICON42 Student Art Submission Form.xlsx


Questions? Email Art Show .


Main Art Show Rules:


Each piece MUST have a Minimum Bid, Quick Sale Price, and After Auction price. If no minimum bid is shown, the buyer may assume there is no minimum bid. After Auction price can be NFS. If the work is for display only, mark the piece as NFS.

This is a family friendly convention. Please keep content to a PG-13 level.

No perishable artwork. This includes cakes, cookies, other baked goods, and other ephemeral art works. We do this to ensure the safety of the other artists' work.

Icon is charging $3 per panel or half-table. Each artist will need to specify how many panels they wish to reserve. We can guarantee at least 4 panels for hanging art or 4 half-tables for three dimensional artwork. Additional space is on a first-come first-served basis. Panels are approximately 30" wide and 60" high. Half-tables are approximately 36" by 36". Artwork for sale will have priority over NFS artwork.

Artwork must be ready to display upon arrival. Bids sheets must be attached to each piece, and a control sheet listing each piece must be included. Please attach the bid sheets so that they may be seen while hanging. Binder clips on hooks will be used to hang most artwork.

If there is space, walk-in artwork will be accepted on Friday from noon till 5 pm. The art show will close at 5 pm and EVERYONE will be asked to leave. Any remaining pieces may be hung starting at 10 am Saturday. Walk-in artwork may be entered from 10am till noon on Saturday.

Each artist must complete a submission form and attach bid sheets to each item. Download them here.

The Art Show Director reserves to right to refuse to hang/display any artwork deemed inappropriate.


Print Shop Rules:


Each piece must have a price tag which includes the artist title, print number/edition, print medium and price.

The fee for entering art into the print shop is a flat $3 fee no matter how many items are entered. This amount can be combined with the check for return postage.


Mail-In Art Shipment:


Art work must arrive by Friday September 15, 2017. Secure facilities are available to store your artwork if you wish to send it in early. Artwork must be sent in sturdy, reusable containers. Please ship your artwork to the following address:


       J. Pecinovsky/ICON Artshow

       3150 N. Center Point Rd

       Cedar Rapids, IA  52411



Please specify if you wish your container returned if all artwork is sold. Please include a check or postage/prepaid label for the return of your artwork. Please include a preprinted return shipping label. Enclose a check for hanging/display fees with your mailing. The return shipping fee may be included in the same check. Any overpayment of shipping fees will be remitted to you by check. Contact us by e-mail at Regular mail may be sent to:


       Mindbridge Foundation c/o ICON ART SHOW

       308 E Burlington ST, PMB #300

       Iowa City, IA  52240


Downloadable ArtShow forms and information:


ICON42 Artist Info and Submission.pdf

ICON42 Artist Info and Submission.xlsx


ICON42 Art Show rules.pdf


ICON42 Art show bid sheets.pdf

ICON42 Art show bid sheets.xlsx




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