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 40+ vetted, solo or two-person exhibitions for one glorious and stimulating 3-day weekend.