The inaugural Chicago edition of stARTup Art Fair will be held in the city’s MileNorth Hotel, where an intimate group of 22 meticulously selected artists from across the country will transform their respective hotel rooms into a solo exhibition of their current practices and projects. From September 23 -25, 2016, Chicago’s collectors, press, curators, and art lovers are invited to experience contemporary art in a way that is uniquely personal and lively by facilitating unprecedented access to the artists themselves.
stARTup Art Fair Chicago will feature the work of, Katrina Bello, John Casey, Erik Clark, Victoria Estacio Huckins, Rodney Ewing, David Gista, Karolina Gnatowski, Matheus Goulart, Woo Jae Lim, Philippe Jestin, Lisea Lyons, Emily Maddigan, Franco Mbilizi, Sarah Morrison and Bill Rogers, Karen Olsen-Dunn, Pooja Pittie, Alissa Polan, Simon Pyle, Larry Roberts, Lien Truong, Nancy Willis, Chunbo Zhang
Artists were selected in a blind-jury process by the members of the Selection Committee: Elizabeth Dunbar, President & CEO, Everson Museum of Art; Allison Glenn, independent curator and writer; Michelle Grabner, conceptual artist and curator, 2016 Portland Biennial; Sabina Ott, artist, educator, curator, and Founder of Terrain Exhibitions; Andrew Rafacz, owner, Andrew Rafacz Gallery; and Toma Wolff, Director, Byron C. Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art.
In addition to its committee selected exhibitors, stARTup Art Fair Chicago will also feature:
–Curated rooms from local nonprofit partners DFBRL8R, Hyde Park Art Center, and LVL3 — in collaboration with INSIDE\WITHIN — will curate a room with programming featuring The Arts of Life
–An exhibition of regional artists curated by Selection Committee member and curator of the 2016 Portland Biennial, Michelle Grabner
–A collection of art works under $500 by past stARTup exhibitors available for purchase in the new ‘stARTup Alumni Lounge’
–A full schedule of talks, works by exhibiting partners, and additional programming that will be announced in early September.
About stARTup Art Fair
The art world is changing, and many working artists are finding themselves without a space to present their work. The core mission of stARTup Art Fair is to provide an exhibition venue for independent artists who are seeking to engage with art enthusiasts in a welcoming and interactive environment. CoFounders Ray Beldner and Steve Zavattero believe in the viability of Chicago and the Midwest as an important visual art center, and stARTup Art Fair offers a new avenue for the creative longevity of the visual artist. The fair’s unique structure provides a marketplace that gives the artist the power to present and sell work on their own terms, allowing artists to keep 100% of their sales proceeds.