April 27-29, 2018
Now in its fourth year stARTup Art Fair returns to transform the Hotel Del Sol into an immersive, contemporary art experience through the exhibition of artwork by a diverse group of independent artists, local art nonprofits, artist performances, installations and panel discussions over the course of three days from April 27 - April 29, 2018.
Celebrate today’s significant emerging talent and leading independent artists at the Hotel Del Sol, within walking distance of the If So, What? and SF Art Market gallery fairs as well as the San Francisco Decorator Showcase on Marina Blvd.
Discover over 60 artists--selected by six art world experts--who transform hotel rooms into exhibition spaces and offer their works for sale to art lovers of all levels.
Immerse yourself in an engaging line up of special performances and installations by local talents including the Factronauts, The League of Creative Interventionists, and a program of special exhibitions by nonprofit partners: Root Division, 3.9 Collective, ArtSpan and Asian American Womens Artists Association.
Absorb yourself in our engaging Art Conversations covering topics that challenge and engage today’s art world trends.
stARTup has become a destination event, attracting artists, art industry leaders, and art collectors from across the U.S. and as far away as Mexico, China, Europe, and South America. The fair’s unwavering mission to support creative and professional success for independent artists makes us a beacon for starting and seasoned collectors who seek out unique experiences and innovative brands.
2018 Selection Committee
Owner/Director, Euqinom Projects, San Francisco, CA
Founder/Director, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA
Curator and Owner, Giant Robot, Los Angeles, CA
Artist and Assistant Professor of Art, San Jose State University
Widely exhibited, San Francisco-based artist
Curator and Gallery Director, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
2018 Advisory Council
Katharine Earhart Principal, Alesco Advisors, LLC
Mat Gleason Curator, Coagula Curatorial & Publisher, Coagula Art Journal, Los Angeles, CA
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
Nancy Madinski Director of Special Projects, Jeff King and Company
Michelle Mansour Executive Director, Root Division
Peter Mays Executive Director, Los Angeles Art Association
Adam O’Donnell Art Collector, Principal Engineer, Cisco
Jennifer Perlmutter Artist, Owner, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery
Annie Seaton Artist and Former Director, LA Leica Gallery
What Artists are Saying 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."
"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 April 27, 2pm
Guided Room Tour
Friday April 27, 3pm
Opening Night Celebration
Friday April 27, 7–10pm
Friday April 27, 2–6pm
Saturday April 28, 12–9pm
Sunday April 29, 12–7pm
Hotel Del Sol
3100 Webster Street, San Francisco