start up art fair
The art world is changing, and many artists are finding themselves working outside of the traditional gallery system. The core mission of stARTup Art Fair is to provide a professional exhibition venue for independent artists -- artists who do not have a formal agreement with a commercial gallery.
Co-Founders Ray Beldner and Steve Zavattero believe in the viability of Chicago and the Midwest as an important visual art center. stARTup Art Fair provides a new avenue for the creative longevity of the contemporary visual artist, providing a marketplace that gives artists power to present and sell work -- and keep 100% of all sales proceeds -- on their own terms.
With our venerable Selection Committee made up of a diverse range of art world professionals,stARTup Art Fair Chicago aims to generate the dynamism and excitement of 30+ vetted, solo or two-person exhibitions for one glorious and stimulating 3-day weekend.