California Arts Council

State of California

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stARTup Art Fair Chicago: Call for Independent Artists
For International artists

stARTup Art Fair Chicago is a juried contemporary art fair for independent artists.

The fair runs September 15-17, 2017 at the ACME Hotel in the River North District, within blocks of the Navy Pier where EXPO Chicago takes place the same weekend. Participating artists will have a fantastic opportunity to expose new work to a myriad of collectors, curators, gallery owners, art consultants, and writers who will be coming to Chicago for a weekend of contemporary art.

stARTup Art Fair’s mission is to provide a marketplace that gives artists the power to present and sell work on their own terms. All sales proceeds belong 100% to the artists.

The deadline to apply is July 7th, 2017. Those selected from the open application process will each take over a hotel room to present a solo show of their work. Through its democratic, online application, stARTup Art Fair gives artists the opportunity to have their work reviewed by an impressive, influential Selection Committee with a diverse range of art world professionals that includes:

  • Diana Al-Hadid, Widely exhibited, New York-based artist
  • Allison Glenn, Manager of Publications and Curatorial Associate, Prospect New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • Sabina Ott, Artist, educator, curator, and Founder of Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL
  • Andrew Rafacz, Owner, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Director and Chief Curator, DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

There are application and exhibitor fees.

For more information please visit: or email

Deadline: 07-07-2017
Startup Art Fair LLC
San Francisco, CA

Contact: Ray Beldner

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