Application deadline: May 12, 2019
stARTup Small Works is a juried fair for small scale art in all media. Artists selected by the jury will each get a table to display their work in an industrial setting. Your application should include:
Artist resume / CV
Short statement about your work
More questions? Please see our FAQ page.
What artists say about us…
"Startup was beautifully organized and delivered a steady flow of engaged art aficionados, buyers and art industry pros. Had onsite art sales and landed multiple commission projects. Well worth showing in LA! "
"An art venue and artist opportunity I will not soon forget! Extraordinary group of talented artists, unlimited opportunities to network and engage with art enthusiasts, collectors, media, designers, gallerists, photographers and members of the film industry. I feel so fortunate to have had this opportunity as an artist and hope to show with StartUp again in the near future."
"The fair was all-around such a positive and rewarding experience...I've not had other experiences where in 3 days I was able to interact with hundreds of people including collectors, corporate buyers, gallerists, and other artists or potential collaborators. And most significantly, it looks like the fair may have been just the initial seed planting which may have far-reaching effects on my art practice and professional growth."
"The stARTup Fair/Chicago was an invigorating weekend for my art practice. Not only did I generate sales of my work, it was a relief to finally get my work in front of a new and serious art audience. I had some amazing conversations with collectors, gallerists and consultants and the shared experience with the other artists forged new and sustaining friendships."
“I was at first hesitant to participate, but I am beyond pleased with having done so. I was amazed at the number of people who came through and am happy with the contacts I made. It really makes you appreciate how much work galleries have to do when they’re at these fairs -- it’s really intense. And yes, I am also relieved to have sold as much work as I did; it covered all of my costs and beyond. I met some wonderful people to boot.”
"Participating in stARTup Art Fair LA was not only a great opportunity to have my work seen by curators, museum directors and collectors, it was a lot of fun too. "
"Thanks 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."
"Being an exhibiting artist at stARTup Chicago is an invaluable experience! Not just merely a chance for an independent artist to connect with art world and market professionals and make sales, it is a fantastic opportunity for artists to flex their self-marketing and self-curating muscles. I highly recommend it."
"The Startup Art Fair LA was a good venue for building my exposure and connecting with the art-buyer community. "
"I used this fair as the launching pad for my art career. I have been working for too long in my studio without sharing my work. This was the best opportunity to get large crowds of art lovers to share their opinions about my work."
some of the artists who exhibited at small works in 2018
What the press are saying about us
“Artists take over all the hotel rooms and remake them in their own image. It turns a hotel into an art theme park, so yes, it’s pretty fucking great.”
— Broke-Ass Stuart
“For visitors, the draw was the ability to meet and converse with artists in an intimate environment – two things not possible at convention hall/booth fairs.”
“At every turn, viewers gain access to an intimate experience with art.”
— Live Auctioneers
“The hotel turns into a collaborative installation, pulsing with creative energy while putting some FUN back into FAIR.”
“The very framework of the show is intimate; the personal environment of a motel room creating the perfect space for artists to display their work and engage in conversation with visitors. “
—Art and Cake
“Here they were in Venice producing the same atmosphere and the same enticing crowd of art, artists and lovers of art. Hot damn, how incredibly refreshing!”
— Art World Renaissance