This year stARTup Art Fair Chicago will take place at the beautiful Chicago river north's trendist hotel hotspot – ACME Hotel.
If you've never been one for convention, ACME is the right choice for you. Located 2 ½ blocks from the Magnificent Mile in the River North neighborhood, ACME is downtown Chicago's lifestyle boutique hotel alternative. If you appreciate an eye for design and dig a high-tech vibe, you'll feel right at home in this trendy, but inviting, approachable hotel.
Thank you to everyone who applied for the second edition of stARTup Art Fair Chicago!
Exhibitors will be announced soon!
2017 Advisory Council
Katharine Earhart Principal, Alesco Advisors, LLC
Anna Hygelund Independent Curator and Art Advisor
Charlie James Owner/Director, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Derek Kennedy Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
Nona Lim Founder and CEO, Nona Lim
Michelle Mansour Executive Director, Root Division
Adam O’Donnell Art Collector, Principal Engineer, Cisco
Jennifer Perlmutter Artist, Owner, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery
Annie Seaton Artist and Former Director, LA Leica Gallery
Nancy Madinski Director of Special Projects, Jeff King and Company
What Artists are Saying About Us
"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."
"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."
"As an emerging artist I think that the stARTup Art Fair is a must to get you started. I learned so much about getting ready for a show, how to curate my collection and gained the confidence to create and pursue my own vision and voice."
Press Preview (invitation only)
Friday September 15, 2pm
Guided Room Tour
Friday September 15, 3pm
Opening Night Celebration
Friday September 15, 7–10pm
Friday, September 15, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
ACME Hotel Chicago
15 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611