SOFA CHICAGO 2012: Part 2 | Navy Pier

Can you believe it? SOFA CHICAGO 2012 kicks off next week already and artists and gallery owners from across the country and across the globe are flocking to Chicago to get ready for the big art expo.

Haven’t heard of SOFA CHICAGO? It’s the largest art fair of its kind in the city, running November 2-4 at Navy Pier and featuring sculptural and functional artwork and design from over 50 top galleries.

But it isn’t only an event for viewing great art! SOFA CHICAGO has a number of special exhibits and lectures planned for the weekend – so many in fact that we’re only able to give you the highlights here. For more info, check out SOFA’s site.

Lectures

SOFA Chicago has invited a number of notable names in the field to give the public an insider’s peek of their work and process.

Friday, November 2: Discover how one Canadian artist’s jewelry is influenced by the worlds of genetics and microbiology, get a tutorial on Outsider Art (where it is and who’s making it), and explore the niche worlds of textile art and ceramics.

Saturday, November 3: Learn about artist Junko Narita’s work which marries the traditional with the contemporary, meet the pioneers of the American studio glass movement, and discover one Ann Arbor museum’s mission to create a brand new museum devoted to decorative dinnerware.

Special Exhibits

To really beef up the weekend’s program offerings, SOFA CHICAGO 2012 also has five special exhibits.

Check out the work of 2012 American Craft Council Fellows, hear the story behind Bags Across the Globe, one artist’s project to link art with environmental awareness, learn about the way Gothic design influences contemporary jewelry, admire a retrospective of work by self-taught artist, Gregory Warmak AKA Mr. Imagination, and witness the radically different approaches of many artists towards creating a beautiful piece of wood art.

Tickets to SOFA CHICAGO 2012 are available online or at the door and include admission to all of the day’s events, including any and all lectures and special exhibits.

Also, don’t miss the public Opening Night Preview on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. Preview tickets are $50 and may be purchased in advance online or at the door. The opening night preview is much anticipated by collectors, museum curators, art advisers, interior designers and architects, artists and cognoscenti, because it offers first viewing and the best selection of outstanding masterworks, as well as the opportunity to meet and mingle with leading members of the art and design communities. The public is invited to enjoy, study, and acquire top quality art examples at this year’s preview party. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are included in the price of opening night admission.

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