THE 21ST ANNUAL SOFA CHICAGO KICKS OFF WITH AN
OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6
CHICAGO – SOFA CHICAGO, the world’s premier art fair dedicated to Sculpture, Objects,
Functional Art and Design, will welcome more than 3500 attendees to the Opening Night
Preview on Thursday, November 6, beginning at 5 p.m. with an invitation only preview, continuing
with a Public Preview from 7-9 p.m. Guests at the preview event will be the first to experience
the fair, meet hundreds of artists, view thousands of works of art from nearly 70 galleries,
and mix and mingle with gallerists, artists, curators, designers, and the Host Committee.
“The Opening Night Preview is a wonderful opportunity for collectors and art aficionados to get the first viewing of the fair’s offerings from nearly 70 galleries representing 14 countries,”
said Fair Director, Donna Davies. “We’re delighted to welcome returning sponsor Chubb Personal Insurance, as well as new sponsors Kia and Caesarstone. We also want to thank the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), who designed this year’s VIP Concierge desk.”
This year, for the first time, SOFA CHICAGO launched a Host Committee bringing together Chicago’s leading art, design, and cultural figures including: Diana Bitting, Editor in Chief Modern Luxury Interiors; Michelle Boone, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; collector Kay Bucksbaum; Cheryl Durst, Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA; Marilynn Gardner, President andCEO, Navy Pier; Fern Grauer, collector; Deb and John Gross, collectors; Suzanne Lovell, Principal, Suzanne Lovell Inc.; Jeanne Randall Malkin, Chicago arts patron; Mark Lyman and Anne Meszko, Founders of SOFA; Laura Murphy, Fine Art Specialist, Chubb Personal Insurance; Ann Nathan, Owner, Ann Nathan Gallery; Bruce W. Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections, Racine Art Museum; Bruce Robbins, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Lillstreet Art Center; Richard Steele, WBEZ Arts and Culture Reporter; Trish and Glen Tullman, Owners, Ignite Glass Studio; Ginny Van Alyea, Publisher and Executive Editor, Chicago Gallery News; and James Yood, art critic and Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In addition to the galleries, fairgoers will see familiar favorites such as the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow, demonstrations by the American Association of Woodturners and Society of American Mosaic Artists, the annual Lecture Series, five Special Exhibits, CONNECT design plazas, and SOFA Selects, highlighting favorite pieces chosen by noted designers,
curators, and critics, alongside dealer presentations that highlight emerging artists and designers.
Special thanks to SOFA CHICAGO’s Media Sponsors, including Chicago Tribune, Modern Luxury, and WBEZ, as well as the fair’s numerous Cultural and Media Partners.
Opening Night Preview, Thursday, November 6
By invitation only 5 – 7 p.m.
Public Preview 7-9 p.m., tickets are $50
Fair Hours, November 7-9
Friday, November 7 • 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, November 8 • 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, November 9 • Noon – 6 p.m.
For more information and to purchase tickets to the Opening Night Preview, visit SOFAEXPO.com.
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Founded in 1994, SOFA CHICAGO (Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design) is Chicago’s longest continuously running art fair and the world’s foremost fair dedicated to masterworks of contemporary art and design in all media including glass, ceramics, wood, fiber and metal. During the past two decades, SOFA CHICAGO has grown to attract more than 30,000 visitors every year and exhibitors from the U.S. and around the world. SOFA CHICAGO is open Friday and Saturday 11 am – 7 pm; and Sunday 2 pm – 6pm. Tickets are available in advance or at the door, and they allow access to all aspects of SOFA CHICAGO. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $30 for three-day pass. Students and seniors (with ID), and groups (10 or more) are $15. For advance ticket sales visit sofaexpo.com. For more information about CONNECT or SOFA CHICAGO, please visit sofaexpo.com or call 800.563.SOFA (7632).