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SOFA 20 Expo at Navy Pier Oct 31 – Nov 3
Cast glass 40 x 25 x 6 in Habatat Galleries
GORGEOUS ARTWORK at SOFA EXPO 2013! Atlanta‐based show management company Urban Expositions has acquired the
international Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design Fair (SOFA)
from The Art Fair Company. Celebrating its twentieth anniversary this
year, SOFA is the largest and longest continually running art fair in
Urban Expositions plans to build a division specializing in art
fairs and SOFA is their first such acquisition. The Art Fair Company
will continue to run the fair during a transition period and Urban
Expositions will take over at the completion of the upcoming 2013 event.
SOFA will take place at the Navy Pier’s Festival Hall in Chicago,
October 31 – November 3, 2013.
Steel, patina and ferrocement (concrete) 48 X 42 X 34 in Wexler Gallery
Fly ashtray, insecticide spray pump, glass beads, rhinestone, Scrabble letters,
assorted embellishments 5 x 8 x 24 in Judy Saslow Gallery
“We are thrilled to take ownership of an event that is so well known and
respected by galleries, collectors, museum curators, artists, dealers
and countless other members of the international art and design
communities,” says Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. “With the
expert guidance and invaluable industry insight of Mark Lyman, Donna
Davies and the entire SOFA team, we will initiate a seamless transition
process through to the 2013 fair that builds upon the event’s solid
foundation and impressive reputation by continuing to grow its exhibit,
educational, and networking opportunities.”
“Urban Expositions is the perfect management team to take over
the ownership of SOFA,” explains Mark Lyman. “Urban partners Doug Miller
and Tim von Gal have built their own company through a hands-on
management style and keen desire to truly understand and serve the
specialized needs and business goals of their customers. When we began
talking about the acquisition opportunity, they instantly understood
that this fair’s distinctive focus, unique educational programming and
sense of community were the underlying keys to its longevity. I have
every confidence they will continue to enhance the SOFA experience for
the international art community.”
Caprice Pierucci White Seafoam
pine 36 x 54 x 12 in Diehl Gallery
Lyman launched SOFA CHICAGO at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in 1994.
The first edition drew 58 exhibitors and 14,000 visitors. Located at
Navy Pier since 1995, today SOFA CHICAGO attracts around 80 exhibitors
each year and its average attendance is close to 34,000.
The artwork exhibits are presented from dealers around the world
in a host of media, including glass, ceramics, textiles, wood and
metalwork by artists at every stage of their careers. SOFA CHICAGO
features a signature lecture series, including presentations by renowned
artists, collectors, curators, critics and designers. In addition, a
number of special exhibits, tours and live demonstrations further
enhance the educational outreach of the fair.
OPENING NIGHT is October 31st!
7 – 9:00 pm
Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am – 7pm and Sunday Noon – 6pm
Tickets are available online, or at the door.
Groups (10 or more)
$12.00 (in advance)