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Four Days of Tabletop Hobby Gaming

Sponsored by Dorky Dino

Dorky Dino’s Art Show is back again this year at Midwest Gamefest: join us for an art contest and auction!

Art Show

Photo courtesy Dorky Dino

Art Contest

The contest will include four categories:

  1. Children (Ages 0-12)
  2. Teens (Ages 13-18)
  3. Adult Hobbyist (Aged 19+)
  4. Adult Professional (Aged 19+)

For the purpose of the contest, “professional” is defined as anyone who is paid to create artwork.

Prizes

Midwest GameFest is offering prizes for the First, Second and Third place in each category, as decided by our judges.

  • First Place: $30 cash prize, a Dorky Dino sticker pack, and a 1st place certificate
  • Second Place: $10 cash prize, a Dorky Dino sticker pack, and a 2nd place certificate
  • Third Place: A Dorky Dino sticker pack, and a 3rd place certificate

Winners must be present to receive their award. Winners will be announced Saturday at 6pm at the Registration desk. Prizes must be picked up from Registration during open hours by Sunday at 2pm.

Contest Entry

  • Contestants must have a weekend or Saturday badge. Badges can be purchased at the event or online.
  • Artists must submit a contest entry form and a separate artist sheet. These can be filled out in advance or at the event.
  • Limit 5 entries per artist. Each entrant may only win one prize.
  • The deadline for art contest entry is Saturday at 10am.
  • Grid walls with hangers and clips will be available to display your artwork, as well as tables for artwork that cannot be hung.
  • Winners must be present to receive their award.
  • Winners will be announced Saturday at 6pm at the Registration desk. Prizes must be picked up from Registration during open hours by Sunday at 2pm.

Judges

We have a distinguished panel of judges for the contest.

Brandi Miller

Brandi Miller

Dorky Dino

Photo courtesy Dorky Dino

Brandi is a professional graphic designer and the owner of her own art business called Dorky Dino. Her works have been featured on Buzzfeed, Rent the Runway, The Mindhut, and others. Meet Brandi at booth E03 in the Elements Ballroom.

Andi Dieckmann

Andi Dieckman

Paint with Andi

Photo courtesy Andi Dieckman

Andi is an award-winning miniature painter and the host of our Paint and Take. Andi's charming and enthusiastic personality will have you loving miniature painting and ready for the next adventure!

Victoria Whitebread

Victoria Whitebread

Little Loaf Arts

Photo courtesy Victoria Whitebread

Victoria Whitebread is the owner of her own art business, Little Loaf Arts, and has been selling her work professionally for 6 years. She specializes in acrylic paintings and fan art.

Art Auction

Artwork will be displayed in the Wood Room and bidding will be done as a silent auction. Artists will set a starting price and will also have the option to set a "buy it now" price. The end of the silent auction will be Sunday at 1pm, at which time buyers will need to be present to pay for any artwork they have won. If the buyer is not present it will go to the next highest bidder.

Bidding and Buying Artwork

  • Bidding will be done as a silent auction. There will be a sheet of paper to place bids.
  • Bids must be in a minimum of $1 increments.
  • Buyers may purchase instantly at the "buy it now" price at the cash register in the Wood Room.
  • The end of the silent auction will be Sunday at 1pm, at which time buyers will need to be present to pay for any artwork they have won. If the buyer is not present it will go to the next highest bidder.

Auctioning Your Artwork

  • To enter the art auction, artists must have a weekend or Saturday badge. Badges can be purchased at the event or online.
  • Artists must submit a contest entry form and a separate artist sheet. These can be filled out in advance or at the event.
  • Limit 5 artworks per entrant.
  • A photo I.D. is required to put an item up for sale.
  • The deadline for auction entry is Saturday at 10am.
  • The end of the silent auction will be Sunday at 1pm.
  • Artists may set a starting price and an optional “buy it now” price.
  • Artists will need to pick up their cash by 2pm Sunday. If you opt-in to accept credit card payments, you will be paid via PayPal the week after the convention. Any items left unclaimed at the end of the convention become the property of the Midwest GameFest.
  • Grid walls with hangers and clips will be available to display your artwork, as well as tables for artwork that cannot be hung.
  • Midwest GameFest will keep a 15% commission from your total sales. For example: if the finishing bid for your sold item totals $25, you will receive $$21.25, as Midwest GameFest keeps 15% ($3.75). Where possible we will round to the nearest quarter.

Art Show

Photo courtesy Dorky Dino

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