Artists Alley

Located in Event Hall A, our Artists Alley is filled with artists of various mediums. We have illustrative prints, charms, jewelry, hats, stuffed toys, and so much more from a variety of talented creators!

We also have an Art Show, Art Auction, Charity Auction, and various Art Classes.



$165 (+Eventbrite fees)

Includes 1 TABLE + 1 ARTISTS ALLEY badge

Applications Closed

General Info

Animazement’s Artists Alley is a juried marketplace.

The application period for Animazement’s Artists Alley is TBD. Applications will open at noon on the 6th and be available until noon on the 13th. We do not accept applications before or after this period. Acceptance, waitlist or rejection e-mails will be sent out by TBD.

The payment process begins immediately with acceptance e-mails. Accepted applicants will have up to 36 hours to pay before their spot will be given to a waitlisted artist.

Artist Check-In

Day Hours
Thursday 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Friday 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Artists will be able to check-in and receive their badges at Artists Alley Check-In table in the Lobby near the ATM machine (hard right from Lobby entrance) during Artist Check-in Hours, otherwise, they will need to go to the Will Call table to pick up their badges.

Event Hours

Day Artist Set-Up Attendees Artist Closing
Thursday 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Friday 9:00AM – 11:00AM 11:00AM – 9:00PM 9:00PM – 9:30PM
Saturday 9:00AM – 10:00AM 10:00AM – 9:00PM 9:00PM – 9:30PM
Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM 10:00AM – 3:00PM 3:00PM – 4:30PM

After Friday 6PM, any table that has not been checked in will be released for sale at a first-come, first-served basis for $130. This does not include a badge. You may purchase unclaimed table(s) at Artists Alley Check-in at that time or Artists Alley Info in Event Hall A, under the escalators.

Joining the Alley

  • Portfolio

    Make sure you have an online portfolio. We prefer true online portfolio sites (ie: behance, deviantart, etc) opposed to store sites (ie: etsy, redbubble, etc), or even a filtered tumblr/blog feed.

    Make sure you have at least 10 pieces that showcase your strongest work. The ideal candidates’ portfolios would be high in originality, skill, and Japanese influence.

  • Application

    The application period is the second week of January.

  • Results

    Applicants should receive email results by late February. These results will notify applicants whether they were accepted, wait-listed, or rejected.

    If accepted, applicants will receive a payment link right away. If waitlisted, applicants will be notified if and when a table becomes available with a payment link that expires within 36 hours of the notification. If rejected, applicants will be notified via e-mail.

  • Payment

    Confirmed artists will receive a link to the payment portal with the confirmation email. Artists will have 5 days before the link expires and passes to the next person on the waitlist.

  • Mapping

    We try to have the Artists Alley mapping finished and emailed by end of April/early May.

  • Checking In

    Artists will be able to check-in and receive their badges at Artists Alley Check-In table in the Lobby near the ATM machine (hard right from Lobby entrance) during Artist Check-in Hours, otherwise, they will need to go to the Will Call table to pick up their badges.


A table is $165 and includes 1 Artists Alley badge and 2 chairs.

Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to purchase up to 3 additional Artists Alley badges per table at $50/each.

You may request 1 additional chair at $10 per table. Tables are 8 ft. long and 24 in. deep.

Refunds will only be issued (minus any fees) if we are notified that you cannot attend by April 10th.

More on NC-DOR Registration ID

First, a general disclosure that Animazement is not a financial advisory or consultant and everything written here is not to be taken as financial advice or guidance. We simply did a little research on your behalf and are sharing that information for you to use as you see fit.

Next, everyone who participates at a craft event/fair in North Carolina (every state is different) is required to have a Certificate of Registration (CoR) with the NC Department of Revenue (NCDOR) and is technically required to be able to display it if asked. The reason for this is that everyone is required to remit payment of sales tax to NCDOR, and the only way to do that is by having a COR. It does not matter if you are simply a hobbyist or a full retail business. All of the details of this are laid out on the NCDOR website. If you look it over, you can see where Animazement's responsibility lies as a special event, and where your responsibility lies as a seller. We promise we aren't doing this to be difficult; it is required by law.

Registration is free, and when registering for the certificate, it is easiest to register as a sole proprietor, as that only requires your SSN. If you are part of a studio where profits are shared, you should probably register as a Partnership (which provides legal equity and responsibility to all partners), but doing so requires a Federal Employer Tax Identification Number (FEIN) that you can register for here. If you are part of a studio only in name, and profits are otherwise dealt with on an individual basis (no profit is shared/everyone is responsible for their own sales), then NCDOR is unlikely to make a distinction and you can likely each register as a sole proprietor separately. There are other options, but we're not going to enumerate them all here; you will need to research which option is best for you.
Registering with NCDOR to get your COR does register you as a business from our understanding. However, the COR is the only aspect of the registration Animazement is concerned with, and any income reporting you may be required to do is a matter you will have to decide how to handle on your own. That said, if any profits you make from your art/craft is sufficiently low as a percentage of your total yearly income (for example, if you're simply a hobbyist and don't make that much profit), you may very well be exempt from any income reporting at all in this context. This is a discussion you should have with your tax consultant/preparer.

Finally, keep in mind that Animazement is only concerned with North Carolina laws, and not your federal/IRS status. We are only required to verify that everyone is collecting sales tax, so the COR is sufficient for our purposes. However, for those of you who have asked: As far as Federal Laws/IRS is concerned, being a hobbyist means not caring about the costs associated in creating the art. If profits and losses don't matter to you, then they don't matter to the IRS. Your craft stops being a hobby when a major part of your income is from your art/craft/etc. If you care about profits and losses, so does the IRS. So if you're one of those people, you need to fill out a Schedule C form. You can read more about there here and here. 

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