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.


$200 (+ Eventbrite fees)


2024 Applications are Closed

General Info

Animazement's Artists Alley is a juried marketplace.

The application period for Animazement's 2025 Artists Alley will open in Fall 2024. Specific dates will be announced closer to application time. We do not accept applications 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 1 week to pay before their spot will be given to a waitlisted artist.

Refunds will be available (minus Eventbrite fees) up to 30 days before Animazement opens.

Artist Check-In

Day Hours
Thursday 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Friday 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Artists who require a later check-in time on Friday must communicate with Artists Alley staff, or otherwise run the risk of losing their table(s). Travel plans get delayed? Contact Artists Alley staff ASAP to safeguard your space. Held badges can be picked up from Will Call.

Event Hours

Day Artist Set-Up Attendees Artist Closing
Thursday 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Friday 9:00AM – 11:00AM 11:00AM – 7:00PM 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM – 10:00AM 10:00AM – 7:00PM 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Sunday 9:00AM – 10:00AM 10:00AM – 3:00PM 3:00PM – 4:30PM

After 12pm Friday, any table that has not been checked in will be released for sale to waitlisted artists via lottery. The table will cost $140 and does not include a badge. To be eligible, waitlisted artists must register with Artists Alley Info in Exhibit Hall A and be present by 12pm on Friday.

Joining the Alley

  • Portfolio

    Applicants are judged against their peers, so please make sure to present at least 10 pieces of your strongest work. The ideal candidate’s portfolio would be high in originality, skill, and Japanese influence. Examples of previous con displays are a plus!

  • Application

    The application period will be a three week period starting early December.

  • Results

    Applicants will receive emailed results by early February. There are three types of results: Accepted, Waitlisted, and Rejected. If accepted, artists will receive a payment link with their response. Waitlisted artists will be notified if and when a table becomes available for purchase.

  • Payment

    Accepted artists will receive a link to the Eventbrite payment portal with the confirmation email. Artists will have 1 week before the link expires and the table opens up to the waitlist.

  • Mapping

    Artists Alley mapping will be completed by the end of April.

  • Checking In

    Artists will check-in and receive their badges at Artists Alley Check-In located in the RCC lobby (entrance on S Salisbury St.), hard right from lobby entrance during posted Check-in Hours.


A table is $200 (+ Eventbrite fees) and includes 1 Artists Alley badge and 2 chairs.

Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to purchase up to 2 additional Artists Alley badges per table at $60/each.

Refunds will only be issued (minus any fees) if we are notified that you cannot attend by 30 days before the start of the convention.

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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