Paul Blotkamp & Vanora Hagan
Art Show Co-Directors
Paul attended (and staffed!) his first convention his freshman year in college at Virginia Tech (that was Technicon 1 – if you know the con, you do the math). Over the years he has run Operations, Security, Dealers, and Art Show for several cons (but not at the same time). He has also twice been Chairman for Katsucon. RavenCon marks his sixth convention as Art Show Director. Of all con departments, Art Show is his favorite – it gives him plenty of time to keep an eye on the pieces he intends to buy for himself!
Vanora is a veteran of too many artshows to count. She earned her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, DC (and still works retail when not attending cons). Her art has been published in the 2006 and 2007 editions of “Imagine”. Her work has even garnered a celebrity endorsement from Aaron Douglas of “Battlestar Galactica”. As well as submitting her work to around 10 cons per year, she also represents several other artists at many cons. She was first “volunteered” into running Art Shows when the artists at one convention staged a coup to take over a show that apparently had no staff. And she has not been able to escape it since!
The art show team is rounded out by Matt and Moria Trent, longtime friends and great helpers.