September 15-17, 2017

Cambria Hotel
166 East Superior Street | Chicago

stARTup Art Fair is a unique contemporary art fair for independent artists. Our intimate, boutique fair provides artists and art enthusiasts with direct access to the art world, fostering new relationships and creating a new exhibition platform for thought-provoking contemporary artwork in three major cities across the country: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.

With the dawn of the internet age, consumers are experiencing artwork unfiltered and direct from the artist via social media. More and more artists report building a thriving client base by selling works straight from the internet. stARTup Art Fair is forward thinking--mirroring this shift in the art market by creating direct access between consumer and artist without sacrificing quality. Each fair assembles a panel of curators, gallerists and professional artists to vet our exhibiting artists, ensuring a thoughtful and dynamic group of artists that will impress and inspire our attendees.

Founded by artist and educator Ray Beldner, and former gallery director Steve Zavattero, stARTup Art Fair's mission is to provide a professional exhibition venue for independent artists where they can present and sell their work on their own terms and the public can acquire amazing art work from some of the best independent artists working today.


2016 Selection Committee

Elizabeth Dunbar  President & CEO, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Allison Glenn  independent curator and writer, Chicago, IL

Michelle Grabner  conceptual artist and Curator, 2016 Portland Biennial, Milwaukee, WI & Chicago, IL

Sabina Ott  artist, educator, curator, and Founder of Terrain Exhibitions, Oak Park, IL

Andrew Rafacz  Owner, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL

Toma Wolff  Director, Byron C. Cohen Gallery for Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO


2016 Advisory Council

Christine Duval  independent curator and advisor; Principal, Duval Contemporary

Cara Megan Lewis  Associate Director, Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Heather Marx  independent curator and Principal, Heather Marx Art Advisory

Monique Meloche  Owner, Monique Meloche Gallery

Annie Seaton  artist and former Director, LA Leica Gallery

Howard Tullman  CEO, 1871; General Managing Partner, G2T3V, LLC and Chicago High Tech Investment Partners; member, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago NEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils

David Wallach  CEO, Wally Walls


2016 Non-Profit Partners

2016 Sponsors


stARTup Art Fair Chicago 2016