2016 Event Schedule

Friday, September 23

  • 12:00 Noon: stARTup Art Fair opens — The Press Preview and Sneak Peek Preview takes place until 2:00 pm. The fair is open to the public during these preview hours; General Admission ticket required. (Members of the Press: please register for the Press Preview by emailing danielle@frameworksf.com)
  • 3:00 pm: Advisory Council member, independent curator, and Principal of Heather Marx Art Advisory Heather Marx invites visitors to join a guided room tour of the fair. Meet in Room 604.
  • 6:00 pm: stARTup Art Fair temporarily closes to the public so we may prepare for our Opening Night Celebration
  • 7:00 pm: Opening Night Celebration — General Admission ticket is required for admittance
  • Evening: Live Performances curated by DFBRL8R
  • 10:00 pm: stARTup Art Fair closes to the public


Saturday, September 24
All Art Conversations take place in Room 404


Sunday, September 25
All Art Conversations take place in Room 404

  • 12:00 Noon: stARTup Art Fair opens
  • 1:00 pm: Art Conversation moderated by Paul Klein, Art Strategist/Career Coach at Klein Artist Works — What Matters, How Do I Know, & What Do I Do When I Find It
  • 2:30 pm: Art Conversation presented by Hyde Park Art Center and moderated by Kara Cobb Johnson, artist, independent curator & Katherine Lampert, artist, designer, and independent curator — StART to Finish
  • 4:00 pm: Art Conversation presented by Inside\Within & LVL3 and moderated by Kate Sierzputowski, Director of Inside\Within — Staying In: Chicago
  • 7:00 pm: stARTup Art Fair closes to the public

2016 Art Conversations

In cooperation with our cultural partners, stARTup Art Fair is pleased to present Art Conversations. Join us for a series of discussions about topical issues in the contemporary art moment. All Art Conversations take place in Room 404.

Saturday, September 24

  • 2:30 pm: DFBRL8ROrganizing Performance Art
    Moderated by Joseph Ravens, Director of Defibrillator Gallery, this discussion is designed to illuminate practicalities and philosophies regarding the presentation of time-based artistic practices. Performance art organizers will lend insight into the triumphs and pitfalls surrounding live exhibitions within various contexts, from DIY spaces to established institutions. Participants include Carlos Salazar Lermont, co-Director, International Performance Art Biennial of Caracas; Katie Waddell, Founder and Director, 2nd Floor Rear Festival, Chicago; Mark Jeffery, organizer of IN>TIME, A Triennial Performance Art Showcase for Chicago; and Trevor Martin, Director of Exhibitions and Associate Curator, Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


  • 4:00 pm: stARTup Art Fair BE SEEN: Creative ways for artists to generate exposure + increase awareness
    Moderated by Ray Beldner, Co-Founder/Director of stARTup Art Fair, this conversation will touch on marketing and PR for artists, best practices for creating and disseminating communications materials, social media and the digital presence, what you can do on your own, and when to consider hiring a professional. The emphasis of this talk will be about how to make exposure strategies work for you, rather than overwhelm you. Ray will be joined by Eric May, Executive Director of Roots and Culture, Chicago, and Danielle Smith of Framework, a San Francisco-based boutique agency specializing in PR, strategic communications, marketing, creative content and events.


Sunday, September 25

  • 1:00 pm: Paul KleinWhat Matters, How Do I Know, & What Do I Do When I Find It
    Moderated by Paul Klein, Art Strategist/Career Coach at Klein Artist Works, and including panelists Juan Angel Chavez, artist; Magalie Guerin, artist; Jenny Lam, artist, independent curator, and writer; Judy Ledgerwood, artist; Edra Soto, artist, educator, curator, and gallery director; and Tom Torluemke, artist. Visual artists need content. Visual artists need a career that provides sustenance. Are these elements in sync in your career? Should they be? How? Is money the objective? What’s right for you? Listen to what others think and find your own truth.


  • 2:30 pm: Hyde Park Art CenterStART to Finish
    Moderated by Kara Cobb Johnson, artist, independent curator & Katherine Lampert, artist, designer, and independent curator, this panel will focus on the steps taken to visualize, prioritize, and realize a contemporary art exhibit as professional development for emerging artists and curators. The key elements and topics surrounding this conversation will explore creating a timeline, delegating tasks, engaging an audience through social media, and creating a community through exhibiting artist’s most current work.


  • 4:00 pm: Inside\Within & LVL3Staying In: Chicago
    Moderated by Kate Sierzputowski, Director of Inside\Within, and including panelists Vincent Uribe, Director of LVL3 and Programming Coordinator of The Arts of Life; artist and curator Karolina Gnatowski; Ben Foch, artist and Co-Director of New Capital and Boyfriends; and Dana Bassett, Editor of Bad at Sports and Development Director of ACRE, this panel will focus on what brought us to Chicago and the variety of reasons that keep persuading us to stay. We will explore why so many artists and curators leave the city shortly after graduation, and what keeps others tied to the third coast.