Art Show Reservations

Arisia 2017 will be accepting space applications on a lottery basis rather than first come, first served.

Art Show panels being set up, showing structure and pegboard Art Show light fixtures being set up Art being hung during artist checkin hours

Art Show Lottery FAQ

We expect to have substantially more demand for Art Show space at Arisia 2017 than we can meet. After considering many options for how to allocate space, we have decided to replace our previous first-come-first-served reservation system with a lottery.
Why would you do this?
We don't think first-come first-served is the fairest way to allocate space, nor will it result in the diverse show that our attendees have come to expect.
I rolled over space from Arisia 2016. Do I have to go through the lottery process for Arisia 2017?
You're all set, with whatever space you rolled over.
Won't this make the show boring?
This is not a jury. In fact it's a chance to make the show less homogenous, by allocating lottery space to artists in different media, ensuring that there is something for everyone.
Will this reduce my chances of getting in to the show?
We're hoping that by limiting the space allocated to each artist, we can accept more artists than last year, perhaps as many as 100 instead of last year's 80.
How come I can't get as much space as I want?
Even with first-come-first-served, last year we ran out of places where 2-panel or 4-panel artists could be placed before we ran out of space overall. After closing registration, we took a number of 1-panel and 1-table artists from our waiting list, but were unable to take any 2-panel or 4-panel artists. We hope that giving some artists less space than they request will be fairer, allow more artists in the show, and increase sales overall for the show.
Will asking for more space improve my chances of getting space?
No, we'll be selecting artists and allocating space to selected artists as separate steps.
Will asking for less space improve my chances of getting space?
No, when allocating 2-panel spaces we will consider 2-panel and 4-panel requests so that the chances of getting 2 or more panels is the same whether you requested 2 panels or 4.
Well then, how can I improve my chances of getting space?
We will be giving bonus entries in the lottery for the following:
  • Uploading an image of your art to the registration system
  • Providing a URL for your web site, Etsy shop, or the like
  • Providing a brief blurb describing your art
  • Entering information for art you expect to bring
  • Having most of that art be for sale
  • Being new to Arisia
  • Having won an award at one of the last four Arisias
  • Having sold many pieces (regardless of price) at one of the last two Arisias (we think this means our attendees like you)
  • Being on Arisia staff (if you'd like to join Arisia staff, please contact
None of these guarantee that you'll get space, or that you'll get the amount of space you want, but they'll help on both counts.
I am unable to attend Arisia in person. Will asking for mail-in space or sending a representative to hang my work hurt my chances of getting space?
We will treat mail-in/agented artists and in-person artists equally in the lottery.
Will you still have a waiting list?
Yes, we will, and we expect to treat it as an extension of the lottery, including the possible allocation of space to artists who were not selected or who were not allocated as much space as they requested.
Will I have to pay in advance?
No, we'll collect payment once you are accepted.
When can I sign up?
Space requests are open now and close at midnight on September 30.
When will I find out if I am accepted?
Some artists who enter early may be accepted early. All artists will be notified of their acceptance status no later than October 15.
When will I need to pay, if I am accepted?
Artists accepted through the lottery will have at least 30 days to pay after acceptance -- more, if you are accepted early. Artists accepted from the waiting list may have less time as the convention approaches.
Couldn't you have just raised the prices instead?
We don't think that'd have been very nice to the artists, nor would it have resulted in the show we want to run or that our attendees want to see. Prices will remain unchanged from 2016: $28 per 4'x4' panel or $36 per 72"x30" table. Half units will be $18 for either panel or table space.
Is there anything else I should know about the Arisia Art Show?
Plenty of other information is available in the Rules and Fees. If you are not familiar with science fiction art shows, there is a useful description on this page. Anne E G Nydam took a nice photo of her art up on our panels. And Kristina Carroll has a blog entry with a nice pic of how prints hang in the show.

If you have an account on the Arisia art show reservation system, please log in:



If you have not used the reservation system, please create an account:

New account creation was broken from about 4pm EDT on September 9 until about 7pm on September 12. We believe it is fixed now. If you tried to create an account during this time, please try again. We apologize for the inconvenience.


You will be leaving the Arisia website and going to to signup for the Art Show.