HOUSTON // October 11-13, 2019

Hotel ICON // 220 Main St, Houston, TX 77002


Thank you everyone who came out to our inaugural Houston fair! See you next year!


Bypassing the traditional gallery system, stARTup connects hungry art buyers to highly curated up-and-coming artists. There, you will discover over 40 artists – selected by art world experts – who transform hotel rooms into individual exhibition spaces and offer their works for sale to art lovers of all levels.

stARTup Houston takes place at the Hotel Icon in Downtown Houston and is held the same weekend as Texas Contemporary - and only a few blocks away!

As a bonus, your stARTup 3-Day and VIP passes are good for access to the Texas Contemporary art fair all weekend long!

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Valet and Public Parking

$10 Discounted Valet Parking at the Hotel during the event, as available

Public Parking can be found in these nearby garages:

SP+ Parking, 114 Travis St

Travis Street Garage, 204 Travis St

Park First, 402 Travis St

One Market Square Garage, 800 Preston St

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Fair Days and Hours

Friday October 11, 6–10pm
Saturday October 12, 12–9pm
Sunday October 13, 12–7pm

VIP Early Access: Friday October 11, 6-7pm

Opening Night Celebration: Friday October 11, 7–10pm (only general admission ticket needed for entry). Music, performances, food and drinks

Ticket Types

General Admission / $15 in advance ($20 at the door)

Students/Seniors / $10 in advance ($15 at the door)

Three Day Pass / $30 in advance ($40 at the door)

VIP Ticket / $100

* * * The Three Day and the VIP Passes gain the holder access to the Texas Contemporary Art Fair * * *

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VIP Tickets Include:

  • Unlimited fair access all 3 days of the fair

  • First Look Preview: Friday, October 11, 6-7 PM

  • Friday Night Celebration: 7-10pm

  • VIP Lounge access with complimentary wines

  • A private tour of the art collection of Houston collector, Lester Marks, Sunday, October 13, 6pm (space limited)

  • Student led tour of the new art facilities at the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA): Monday, October 14, 1 PM

  • stARTup Houston VIP Pass also gives you access to Texas Contemporary VIP Program as well which Includes their preview benefiting the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston on Thursday October 10, 6 - 10pm (complimentary bar and food 6 - 7:30pm). Includes admission during Public Fair Hours - Friday October 11, Saturday October 12, and Sunday October 13.

VIP Package is a $200 Value

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