January 27 - 29, 2017

Highland Gardens Hotel
7047 Franklin Avenue | Hollywood

stARTup Art Fair is a unique contemporary art fair for independent artists. Our intimate, boutique fair provides artists and art enthusiasts with direct access to the art world, fostering new relationships and creating a new exhibition platform for thought-provoking contemporary artwork in three major cities across the country: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.

With the dawn of the internet age, consumers are experiencing artwork unfiltered and direct from the artist via social media. More and more artists report building a thriving client base by selling works straight from the internet. stARTup Art Fair is forward thinking--mirroring this shift in the art market by creating direct access between consumer and artist without sacrificing quality. Each fair assembles a panel of curators, gallerists and professional artists to vet our exhibiting artists, ensuring a thoughtful and dynamic group of artists that will impress and inspire our attendees.

Founded by artist and educator Ray Beldner, and former gallery director Steve Zavattero, stARTup Art Fair's mission is to provide a professional exhibition venue for independent artists where they can present and sell their work on their own terms and the public can acquire amazing art work from some of the best independent artists working today.

2017 Selection Committee

Kendell Carter  renowned mixed media and installation artist, Long Beach, CA

Mat Gleason  Curator, Coagula Curatorial & Publisher, Coagula Art Journal, Los Angeles, CA

Anna Hygelund  Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Paddle8, New York, NY

Charlie James  Owner/Director, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Michelle Papillion  Founder, PAPILLION, Los Angeles, CA

Amanda Ross-Ho  renowned found-object, mixed media and installation artist, Los Angeles, CA


2017 Advisory Council

Megan Frances Abrahams  Artist, art critic, writer, Managing Editor of Fabrik Magazine

Andi Campognone  Director/Curator, Lancaster Museum of Art & History

Christine Duval  Independent curator and advisor; Principal, Duval Contemporary

Peter Frank  Curator, art critic, Associate Editor of Fabrik Magazine

Sherry Frumkin  Director, Santa Monica Art Studios

Maurizzio Pineda  Assistant Curator, Torrance Art Museum

Annie Seaton  Artist and former Director, LA Leica Gallery


Non-Profit Partners

Media Partners

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