PCOC 2009 Exhibition

Exhibition registration has been extended. Although the exhibition registration deadline (October 15) has passed, we have a few spaces left. Please submit your form right away (see below); requests going forward will be handled on a first-come, first-served/space available basis.

One of the many highlights of this year’s PCOC will be the origami exhibition by attendees and special guests. In addition to the wonderful showcase of incredible origami, we will feature the challenge models from the 2009 OrigamiUSA Convention (one of the non-human Great Apes, see below). The exhibit will be open to the public during Saturday and Sunday, a real treat for those in the Bay Area!

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Design challenge entries from Brian Chan, Sy Chen, Joseph Wu, and Masashi Tanaka.

Exhibiting Your Art

Everyone is welcome to exhibit their artwork at this year’s PCOC. You MUST REGISTER in order to have space set aside for you. Whether it’s a single piece, or a group of models, you must fill out the Exhibition Form.

Also, if you want to be a part of the exhibition, you will have to volunteer to monitor the area for at least one hour. Please complete the Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet by clicking on the link below.

Note: There will be no sales in the exhibition area. Please following the guidelines below (you might want to print this page for reference).


When you arrive to set up, please check in with the exhibition manager to find out the location of your individual display. At that time you will also sign up for your time slot to volunteer during the convention – at a first come first served basis. There will be a copy of the teaching schedule available, so you can choose a time slot that doesn’t conflict with any teaching obligations you may have.

Once you enter the exhibition site you will see tables covered with black cloths and black cardboard dividers. Tables will be numbered with the exhibitors names. Any raised platforms should be brought from home. Artists can store empty boxes and packaging materials under the tables but must be removed at the end of the exhibition or they get thrown away.

Presentation and Labeling

Try not to overcrowd your models. Signage must include the name of the work, the folder, and the creator (if different). As optional information, you might consider the date of the composition and folding, the medium (type of paper, square or other shape), and/or crease pattern, if available. Any questions, contact Linda Mihara at linda [at] origamihara.com. Each model needs to be identified but the format can be flexible, for example, a small 2" x 3" label by each model in the format of

  • Creator
  • Folder

The label can be flat, tent fold-over cards, or some other design as long as the label is unobtrusive and informative.

Volunteer Hour

All exhibitors must volunteer. When your scheduled time comes:

  • Check in with the exhibition manager
  • Wear an exhibition staff volunteer badge
  • Roam the room
  • Check exhibits for fallen models (inform exhibition manager)
  • Be watchful that all origami models are safe
  • Visitors and exhibition staff volunteers are not allowed to touch the models
  • Answer questions from convention attendees and the public.

Exhibition Hours

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

  • Friday: 7:00-9:30 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am-8:30pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm

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

  • Saturday: 10:30am-4:30pm
  • Sunday: 10:30am-4:30pm

Your models may be set up after 5:00pm on Friday and must be taken down by 6:00pm Sunday. Exhibitors are asked to take down their exhibits between 5:00 and 6:00pm on Sunday. Any work not taken down by 6:00pm Sunday will become property of the Pacific Coast Origami Conference.


We will 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 artwork.

If you do not wish to allow photography of your work, please place a prominent notice to that effect with 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.