Pictures from the Convention 2016 Exhibition. See more from the 2016 Exhibition here!

As in years past, the Annual Convention will feature an Exhibition of works by our attendees, which frequently includes some of the latest, most astonishing origami in the world! The Exhibition is open to all attendees as part of registration; in addition, there will be public viewing hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Exhibiting Your Artwork

This year the exhibit will be in two locations: the Gallery at Sun Yat-sen, and D'Angelo Center, near the Sales Areas. The Gallery is right across the path from D'Angelo. The space at Sun Yat-sen is limited and unusually shaped; we will be working with the St. John's curator to configure it for our exhibit. At this point, we are unsure how much of our exhibit will fit. Where your exhibit will be placed will depend on the number and size of your models, so please be as specific as possible when filling out your form. You can also send photos and questions to Ruthanne Bessman at convention-exhibition [at]

Anyone can exhibit their artwork at the Origami Convention 2017, whether a single model or several, but space must be reserved in advance. If you plan on participating in the Exhibition, you must send your request to exhibit by June 9. Not all space requests can be fully granted (due to limited space), but we will try to accommodate all requests. You must be registered to attend the Convention to participate in the Exhibition. If you are not attending, and would like an attendee to facilitate the display of your models, that attendee must fill out the form and fulfill the volunteering requirements.

  • Online registration for Convention Exhibition is now closed.

Please note that there are no sales in the Exhibition area.

Please download and read the following important guidelines:

Volunteer Requirements for Exhibitors

If you want to exhibit at the convention, you'll have to volunteer to monitor the area for at least one hour. This ensures that the area is supervised at all times, and visitors really enjoy having knowledgeable artists available. Sign up for your shift when you set up your exhibit.

Note: If you are displaying your model as part of an Origami Group exhibit then a representative from the group is required to volunteer one hour for a half table or less, and two hours for a full table.

You are exempt from this requirement if:

  • You are teaching or volunteering for more than four hours on Saturday and/or Sunday.
  • Your ATC (Artist Trading Card) is the only item you have on display (all cards are included).
  • You have a model that is part of a table set aside by OrigamiUSA for a Design Challenge or Memorial.

Presentation and Labeling

All artworks should be labeled with the name of the work, the folder, and the creator (if different). For example:

  • "Flower" designed by I. M. Creator, folded by J. Random Folder
  • "Knuckle-Busting Tessellation", designed and folded by Jane Doe

As optional information, you might also consider including the date of composition and folding; the medium (type of paper, paper shape), and/or the crease pattern, if available.

In general, tabletop and/or wall space are available. When preparing models for display, please consider their appearance. If you are designing your own display, please include a sketch with your form. Any questions or concerns, please contact Ruthanne Bessman at convention-exhibition [at]

Exhibition Hours

The Exhibition will be open to registered convention attendees during the following hours:

  • Friday: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am – 8:30pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

The Exhibition will be open to the public during the following hours:

  • Saturday: 10:00am – 4:45pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am – 4:45pm

Non-members, including family and friends of members, may visit the public areas (Sales and Exhibition). Admission is free.

Origami can be set up after 4:00 pm Friday and must be taken down by 6:00 pm Sunday. Exhibitors are asked to take down their exhibits on Sunday between the hours of 5:00 and 6:00 pm. Any work not taken down by 6:00 on Sunday will become the property of OrigamiUSA.

We do allow photography in the Exhibition for personal use only. "Personal use" means one's own records and/or posting on one's own non-commercial web page or social network page. OrigamiUSA will also post photographs of the Exhibition on our own website (see here for some examples). Photography for commercial use is, in general, prohibited; if you wish to take photographs for eventual commercial use, you must obtain permission from both the folder of the works and, if different, the creator of the original work.

If you do not wish to allow photography of your work, please place a prominent notice to that effect within your exhibition space and we will ask visitors to respect that.


Origami artwork is fragile and easily damaged; for this reason, there is no touching or handling allowed of the origami works on display without permission, for any reason. If you are photographing a work and you want to move it to get a better angle or backdrop, you must obtain permission from the artist to do so.