Art Show

Art Show Awards

Each year the JordanCon Art Show awards four awards to recognize the most outstanding works by our exhibiting artists.

The first award is a Judges' Choice Award for the best work of art in that year's show, as determined by a panel consisting of our Art Show directors and the Artist Guest of Honor for that year. This award doesn't necessarily have to go to a single work. It can be (and has been) awarded to a group of works that work together as a thematic whole, such as Joe O'Hara's group of Wheel of Time character portraits, which won the prize at JordanCon IV. The winner of the Judge's Choice Award is presented with a trophy and a framed certificate. You can see photos of these award winners over the years in the list below. It's immediately obvious why they were selected by our Guest of Honor as outstanding art.

Have Art, Will Travel

We hear it every year at JordanCon.

"Oh, my god, I'd LOVE to own a print of that art, but I don't have any space in my luggage..."
"I'm driving (or flying) a long way and it will just get destroyed on my way home ..."
"I would love to look at that art every day, but I don't know how I'd frame it..."
"I don't want to buy it unless I can frame it. And framing is just so expensive...."
"I would love to buy some art, but I'm not really sure what I should be looking for..."
"It's beautiful, but I'm just not sure where I'd put it...."
"How would I know if I am getting a good deal...."

These are the sorts of questions that many people have when buying art, especially if the idea that they too can own unique, original art is a new one to them.
This series of blog posts is designed to help you solves the problems and answer these questions so that you too can begin building your own personal collection of art. Bringing art into your life is a sure-fire way to enliven your living space and bring you joy every day.

So let's get started! Our first topic:

How to travel with Art.

Meet the Artist: Joe O'Hara

www.studiojohara.com

Joe O'Hara is a licensed Wheel of Time artist, with art featured in The Wheel of Time Companion as well as in Ta'veren Tees' popular Wheel of Time calendars. In 2012 he won the first-ever JordanCon Art Show Judge's Choice Award for his work "Wheel of Time Characters," an entire panel of 18 original Wheel of Time character portraits. While he has become recognized among fans for his amazing art as well as his Mat Cauthon cosplay, his true claim to notoriety is as one of the founders and instigators of the tWoTcast podcast. In 2014, he and the rest of the tWoTcast crew were toastmasters at JordanCon.

Meet the Artist: Paul Bielaczyc

paulbielaczyc.com

Paul Bielaczyc is well known within the convention circuit, within the art community, among Wheel of Time fans, and, of course, at JordanCon, where he is the Dealer Hall director, as well as a co-conspirator for the Art Show. You *could* recite his long list of accomplishments -- including winning a prestigious Chesley Award for his art, co-founding Aradani Studios with his brother artist Michael Bielaczyc, his cosplays of Rand al'Thor, or his licensed art for The Wheel of Time®, which was featured in The Wheel of Time Companion -- as reasons for his being so well-known. But the honest reason is his friendly nature and his prowess (no lie) as the DJ for the annual (and very well attended) JordanCon dance party. So when you come to JordanCon, go say hello.

Art Show Programming at JordanCon 7

Since we have a much larger venue this year, for the first time we are able to offer Art and Dealer Hall related programming in it's very own, dedicated space within Salon A. Salon A is where you'll find the Art Show- along with our fantastic Artist Guest of Honor Todd Lockwood - the Dealer Hall, and, now, Art Show programming.

Now that the schedule is available online, we thought it would be a great time to give you a bit more "insider" info on the programming we have in store. Read on!

Preparing Art for the JordanCon Print Shop

by Paul Bielaczyc

Wherein Paul walks us through how to prepare your prints for inclusion in the Print Shop

For many of you that have submitted art to a Print Shop before, you can probably skip this tutorial. But if this is your first time to participate in a Print Shop, you may want to read ahead for a few pointers on how to prepare your prints.

All artwork that is submitted to the Art Show's Print Shop must be bagged and boarded or “bagged and backed,” as it is often called by art shows. This helps protect your artwork as people handle it. While all prints must be bagged and backed to be accepted into our Print Shop, you are free to decide if you would like to mat them as well, or not. That part is up to you.

The JordanCon Art Show - 2014 Wrap-Up

Our third Art Show proved that we’re really only just starting to hit our stride. Larry Elmore was a gracious, generous and enjoyable guest. It was so much fun to hang out with him til the wee hours each night, to hear his stories, and – of course – gawk at his beautiful art up close and in person. The man really is a legend and one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. Many of us came away with wonderful memories and anecdotes of his presence at JordanCon. Amazing!