The countdown is on for the 21st annual SOFA CHICAGO art fair, November 7 – 9. The fair will feature nearly 70 galleries, special exhibits, cutting-edge lectures, artist demonstrations and more. Here are the top things to experience at this year’s event (all are included in the price of general admission):
1. Gallery Hop Around the World
Galleries from 14 countries will exhibit at this year’s fair—the largest number of international exhibitors the fair has had in recent years! Attendees will have the opportunity to explore incomparable artwork from galleries from countries such as Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Israel, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. See the latest and greatest pieces of art from around the world without having to leave the city.
Returning for its second year at the fair is CONNECT, featuring a series of design spaces created by six international art and design university departments, incorporating seating, lighting, and objects. All work is created by university students under the guidance of their faculty advisors. Get an up-close and personal look at what some of the hottest design minds in the country are envisioning.
Schools participating include: Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago); Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY); University of California, Davis; University of Cincinnati – College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (OH); University of Iowa (Iowa City); and University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
3. Lecture Series
Take advantage of hearing from the renowned artists, museum curators, and art critics at SOFA CHICAGO’s Lecture Series. Speakers will discuss their work, current trends, and important themes in art and design.
4. Meet Artists and Gallery Owners
Unlike other art fairs, SOFA CHICAGO artists attend the fair with gallery owners and are typically in their gallery booths throughout the fair to discuss their works. More than 500 represented artists will attend SOFA CHICAGO, allowing art lovers to meet the artists, discuss the inspiration for their pieces, and how the piece could fit in a collection!
5. SOFA SELECTS
Easily find favorite pieces chosen by the SOFA SELECTS participants, who include some of the country’s top curators, designers, and critics. Pieces chosen will be highlighted with a brief statement about why they chose a particular piece.
We can’t wait to see you at this amazing event! Tickets are available online or at the door—don’t miss this exciting, artistic experience at Navy Pier!