stARTup Art Fairis a contemporary art fairfor independent artists working outside of the traditional gallery system. Its coremission is to provide artists with direct access to the art world, and an exhibition venue populated by dealers, curators, collectors, critics, publishers and art appreciators. Artists keep 100% of their sales proceeds, as well as any new and proprietary relationships established during the fair.
What past exhibitors are saying about stARTup:
was an incredible experience as an artist...making sales is wonderful
and the success goes far beyond that. I was able connect with so many
people about my work and art making in general. Being a part of this
unique community for the weekend was a rare and invaluable opportunity.
think it's the quality of the visitor here--it’s not about the
quantity--the quality has been stupendous. On both days we’ve had about
8-10 different gallery owners. At one point there were 3 independent art
dealers in here with us at the same time. -Annie Seaton
During stARTup I sold 3 pieces. I am currently in the process of another possible sale, as well as a commission. -Gillian Keller
made two sales during the fair and have a few more that may finalize in
the following weeks and months. I also made connections at stARTup with
galleries, curators, etc. It was definitely a worthwhile experience for
me. -Michael Cutlip
for your strong support for us on top of everything else you provided.
There is no question in my mind that this was worth both the money and
effort...the fair allowed me to more fully envision how this event can
be implemented to move my practice forward. -Jon Fischer
The Application Process:
Applications for stARTup Art Fair Chicago will be accepted through June 30, 2016.
Those selected from the open application process will each take over a
hotel room from September 23-25, 2016 to present a solo show of their work. The fair will be at the spacious and elegantMileNorth Hotel,situated
in Chicago's River North District, blocks from the Museum of
Contemporary Art, The Arts Club of Chicago, the River North Gallery
District, and the EXPO Chicago gallery fair.
Through its democratic, online application, stARTup Art Fair gives
artists the opportunity to have their work reviewed by an impressive,
influential Selection Committee that includes a diverse range of art
Elizabeth Dunbar President & CEO, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Allison Glenn independent curator and writer, Chicago, IL
Michelle Grabner conceptual artist, Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL
Sabina Ott artist, educator, curator, and Founder of Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL
Andrew Rafacz Owner, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
Toma Wolff Director, Byron C. Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO