What Artists are Saying About Us
"It was my goal to explore a new market and to gauge interest in the LA area, where there is so much great art already and lots of competition. I had a great time talking to people and building new connections, my mailing list grew quite a bit and I'm glad I got to be in Hollywood at this Rockstar Hotel, with some amazing artists! "
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Being an exhibiting artist at stARTup Chicago is an invaluable experience! Not just merely a chance for an independent artist to connect with art world and market professionals and make sales, it is a fantastic opportunity for artists to flex their self-marketing and self-curating muscles. I highly recommend it."
"This was an incredible experience as an artist...making sales is wonderful and the success goes far beyond that. I was able connect with so many people about my work and art making in general. Being a part of this unique community for the weekend was a rare and invaluable opportunity."
"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 just wanted to thank you both for putting together a highly professional event that I felt privileged to be a part of...I look forward to seeing the impact all this exposure of my work has on San Francisco art professionals and art lovers."
“I think the quality of the visitor here, it’s not about the quantity, the quality has been stupendous. The art writers, the gallerists, etc. On both days we’ve had about 8-10 different gallery owners. At one point there were 3 independent art dealers in here with us at the same time.”
“The room provided a lot of space to exhibit work, and I was very happy with the artist I was paired together with. Our work was complementary, but different enough to attract different buyers so not competitive. I felt that a large portion of the fair attendees were serious art buyers and I had many people request prices on my work”.
—Victoria Mara Heilweil
“My primary objective in signing up for the fair was to build an awareness of my work and make connections in Los Angeles. To that end, the fair has been a resounding success. Through the fair, I connected with a local curator and we had a studio visit this week. He offered to help me screen galleries and make introductions. I also started a correspondence with a writer from Artillery Magazine. None of this would have been possible without stARTup Art Fair.”
“Since stARTup I’ve reconnected with an art consulting service in West Hollywood. My new work will be included on their website and they’re looking at doing an exhibition of my work sometime in the spring. I just received an email from a company producing digital curation and technology, and I have been invited to exhibit with them.”
“I made two sales during the fair and have a few more that may finalize in the following weeks and months. I also made connections at stARTup with galleries, curators, etc. It was definitely a worthwhile experience for me.”
“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.”
"I am holed up in my room exhausted but deliriously happy. Thank you for including me in this amazing event. I have met so many beautiful artists and am feeling a bit spoiled by the generosity of spirit. You have raised the bar...I am ruined for all other art fairs!"
“I am still taking it all in. I had fantastic conversations about my current work, the art world, galleries versus art fairs, meeting artists and more. What was really great was the chance to talk to people about my works in progress, which I hope to show at next year's stARTup.”