SOFA CHICAGO 2016 Lectures and Events

SOFA CHICAGO 2016 Lectures and Events

Access to the SOFA CHICAGO Lecture Series is included with fair admission.  Lecture Series rooms are on the show floor on the east end of Festival Hall. 

Friday, November 4 

Jina Seo, Charon Kransen Arts

SNAG Emerging Artists 2016

8:30 – 9:30 am Room A

Three exceptional emerging jewelers, Tara Locklear, Jina Seo and Aurélie Guillaume will discuss the work they create from a broad palette of mediums that include recycled skateboards, old leather gloves, along with more traditional jewelry materials such as silver and enamel.

Artists represented in order of listing: Pistachios, Chicago, IL; Charon Kransen Arts, New York, NY; Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal, Quebec

Sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths


Jonathan Boyd, Charon Kransen Arts

Jonathan Boyd: Using Language as an Inspiration for Jewelry

9:30 – 10:30 am Room A

The innovative works of Scottish jeweler Jonathan Boyd explore concepts of language, image, object and the body. He will explain his conceptual approach to making and also the complex casting processes he uses in the creation of his award winning work.  

Represented by Charon Kransen Arts, New York, NY

Sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths.


Rebecca Hannon, Represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h

Rebecca Hannon: Breaking New Ground

10:30 – 11:30 am Room A

Over the past year, jeweler Rebecca Hannon departed from traditional modes of working to investigate craft in India as well as digital forms of fabrication and contemporary jewelry practice in Amsterdam. During this presentation, the artist discusses the results of her journey.

Represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal, Quebec

Sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths



Nancy Koenigsberg, Represented by browngrotta arts

FIBER ART IN THREE DIMENSIONS: A History and Discussion of Fiber Art Off The Wall

10:30 am – 12 noon Room B

Friends of Fiber Art International (FOFA) has assembled an outstanding panel of renowned artists to review the history and development of three-dimensional fiber art. Josephine StealeyLois RussellNancy KoenigsbergNorma Minkowitz and Brooke Marks-Swanson discuss some of their distinguished work in the various areas of this medium.   

Artists represented in order of listing: browngrotta arts, Wilton, CT (Koenigsberg and Minkowitz); Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, NY (Marks-Swanson)

Sponsored by Friends of Fiber Art International



Joey Watson, Represented by Duane Reed Gallery

Who’s Joey Watson?

11:00 am – 12 noon Room C

Artist Joey Watson will detail his perspective regarding his creative practice, which ranges from digital media and fabrication to mold making and studio ceramics, as well as the implementation of performance. From virtual inception to material manifestation, the work is complete when its function is realized in a specialized context. Watson will explain ways in which he incorporates digital technologies and performance into his practice, delineating it from traditional studio ceramics.

Represented by Duane Reed Gallery    


Gabrielle Graber: On Ball State University and Beyond

12 - 12:30 pm School of Art, College of Fine Arts, Ball State University, SE 1603

Recipient in 2015 of the prestigious Wingate Fellowship for emerging artists, Gabrielle Graber is recognized for her figurative sculptures which combining clay and fiber deal with issues of health, gender, sexuality, and vulnerability.  In her talk Graber will discuss her experience as a Ball State University undergraduate and how it has defined her aesthetic today.



Britten on A.R.T.: Aesthetic Revolutionary Theory

12 - 12:30 pm Galerie Zuger/Aspen Grove Fine Art, booth 1200

Artist Britten tells the story of an internal revolution that has lead her to a theory about a common thread running through humanity: A.R.T. Aesthetic: the study of beauty and it’s effect on humanity; Revolutionary: the evolution of creativity; Theory- infinite possibilities). She will discuss this, along with her current work on display.



Isohi Setsuko

12 - 1:30 pm Bamboo Demonstration Booth

Bamboo artist Isohi Setsuko is a full member of the prestigious Japan Traditional Craft Arts Association and one of only a handful of Japanese women to earn recognition in this art form.  She will demonstrate many of the steps and techniques that she uses, such as splitting bamboo, plaiting, and rattan stitching. The artist will end the presentation by creating a Sogetsu style flower arrangement in one of her own baskets.
Presented by TAI Modern    


Albert Paley, Represented by Habatat Galleries

Albert Paley: Metal and Glass

12:30 – 1:30 pm Room C

Artist Albert Paley will discuss involvement with glass throughout his career, beginning as an artist in residence at Pilchuck in 1998. Research that Paley conducted at Corning Incorporated in 2014 led to the development of sculptures that incorporate metal and glass as well as some architectural projects. In September 2017, a solo exhibition at The Museum of Glass in Tacoma will present this body of work.

Represented by Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI



The Collaborative Works of David Huang and David Barnhill

1 - 1:30 pm Kirsten Muenster Projects, booth 502

Metalsmiths David Huang and David Barnhill discuss the Layered Resplendence series, an ongoing collaboration creating Mokume Gane raised vessels. They will share some of the tools, techniques, and challenges involved in developing these works.



Kimberly Winkle: Wood. Color. Line

1 - 1:30 pm Collectors of Wood Art, booth SE 102

Artist Kimberly Winkle discusses her inspiration and motivation for creating works from wood while  being simultaneously challenged by its temperament, seduced by its possibility and thrilled by its promise and ability to speak for her. 



Penland Gallery

Who are the collectors of the future?

1:15 – 2:15 pm Room A

As collectors who helped build the studio craft movement grow older, questions are being asked about the future of the movement: who are the collectors of the future, how will patronage evolve to support the creative work of artists, how are young collectors being introduced to material-based work, how are relationships between artists and their galleries, museums, and supporters evolving? Collector Dr. Jeffrey Childers; Anna Walker, Windgate Curatorial Fellow at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Sarah Traver, president of Traver Gallery; and studio jeweler Laura Wood will share their perspectives on the next generation’s response to material-based work. Moderated by Nancy Kerr Allison, Development Associate of Individual Giving, Penland School of Crafts.

Presented by Penland School of Crafts



Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, from "Glass: Virtual, Real" by Koen Vanderstukken

Frames of Reference: Contemporary Art from Glass in an Age of Blurred Boundaries

1 – 2 pm Room B

The acceptance of glass as a contemporary art medium has preoccupied glass collectors since their earliest days championing studio glass. A number of recent developments signal a maturity of the material as it's viewed in the international contemporary art sphere. Berengo Projects' Adriano Berengo has been successfully presenting Glasstress at the Venice Biennale and prominent museums. Helene Besancon, curator of the National Glassmuseum of the Netherlands, is commemorating the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking "GLAS 86" event that helped break down longstanding barriers between design and sculpture. Critic James Yood, a contributing editor to GLASS magazine, has been giving special attention to artists employing glass in a fine-art context. And artist and educator Koen Vanderstukken has just completed a near-decade-long project to examine glass from a myriad of perspectives, ending with an assessment of the state of glass in the contemporary art frame. The just-published scholarly book is a watershed event in the critical discourse about glass. All four join moderator Andrew Page, editor of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, for a panel discussion.



Laura Donefer

1 - 2 pm Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

Represented by Habatat Galleries    


Clint Stevens

1 - 2 pm Woodturning Demonstration Booth


Maja Padrov: The Intuitive Alchemy of Form and Glazes

1:30 – 2 pm  Studio 21 Fine Art, booth 602

Artist Maja Padrov discusses her intuitive rearrangement of functional elements and her research in glaze chemistry. She is inspired by the way clays and glazes are able to mimic other materials, in particular metal and stone. Lava and lichen-like textures are results of the vigorous bubbling of multiple layers of slips and glazes, gravity and viscosity of their molten state. 



Amber Cowan, Represented by Heller Gallery and Christina Bothwell, Represented by Habatat Galleries

A Life in Glass

2 – 3 pm Room C

James Baker, Executive Director of Pilchuck Glass School, engages in conversation with artists Christina Bothwell and Amber Cowan, who will discuss the development of their lives as artists, the ways they work, the ideas that inspire them and the new directions they are exploring in their work.

Artists represented in order of listing: Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI; Heller Gallery, New York, NY 



John Miller: The Gathering

2 – 2:30 pm  Hive Contemporary, booth 1420

Glass artist John Miller discusses “The Gathering,” a collaborative series of work that culminated in an exhibition of the same name.  Miller has teamed up with dozens of contemporary artists, educators and technicians spanning five decades to create gigantic goblets that reflect each maker’s aesthetic. 



Philip Baldwin: The Long Road

2 – 2:30 pm  Bender Gallery, booth 1303

Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg have taken “the long road” as artists. From their humble beginnings creating functional glassware, to contemporary design, they have arrived at creations that have resonant meaning. Their work embraces this process and seeks to express the timeless qualities of the journey in their most poignant physical representations.


Artist Q&A: Norma Minkowitz

2 - 2:30 pm browngrotta arts, booth 921

Norma Minkowitz's work is intense and finely wrought, merging sculpture, stitching, crochet and fine pen-and-ink drawing. The psychological complexities of her work, the observation of human behavior, and the metaphorical containment, fuse into the beautiful forms she creates, making some of the most important sculptures of our time,"  Jane Adlin, then-Assistant Curator, Dept. of 19th Century Painting, Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, has written. Minkowitz will discuss the work exhibited and answer questions about her inspiration and process.



Alan Carter

2:15 – 3:15 pm  Woodturning Demonstration Booth

Represented by Xylem Gallery  


Art in the Future: A Look at Collecting Fragile and Unusual Materials

2:30 – 3:30 pm Room A

As contemporary artists experiment with innovative techniques and non-traditional materials, a collector must consider the fragility and instability of these new works.  What are the potential risks? How should these works be exhibited and protected? What happens if the art is damaged? Can it be restored? How does restoration impact the value? What is the role of the artist, conservator, and appraiser?  Deb and John Gross, avid collectors of Studio Art Glass, Heather Becker, CEO, The Conservation Center, Alyssa Quinlan, Executive Vice President, Business Development, Gurr Johns, Margo Thoma, Gallery Director, TAI Modern, and artist Jennifer Falck Linssen, browngrotta arts, will address these important questions and more in a panel moderated by Michelle Impey, AVP – Fine Art & Collections Manager, Risk Consulting Group, Chubb Personal Risk Services.    



Landscape of Glass in America

2:30 – 3:30 pm Room B

The Glass Art Society in partnership with Chihuly Garden and Glass and GMA research, joined to conduct and in-depth study of the state of glass art in America. The intent was to identify current trends and to provide a benchmark to measure future growth and changes in the industry.   Pamela Koss, Executive Director, Glass Art Society and Michelle Bufano, Executive Director Chihuly Garden and Glass, will release the research results publically for the first time during this lecture.  A panel of artists, including Shelly Muzylowski Allen, Matt Eskuche, Andy Paiko, and Norwood Viviano will share work that exemplifies the predominant trends and contribute insight on the findings. 

Artists represented in order of listing: Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI (Muzylowski Allen and Eskuche); Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Heller Gallery, New York, NY

Presented by the Glass Art Society in conjunction with the SOFA CHICAGO Special Exhibit Landscape of Glass in America



Michael Boyd on Lapidary and Metal: Making Jewelry from the Rough Up

2:30 - 3 pm Aaron Faber Gallery, booth 1121

Michael Boyd is a lapidary and metalsmith, designing his one-of-a-kind jewels from the rough gems – sapphires, lapis, black jade, to name just a few – he chooses, often from the source mines. Michael talks about his international gem hunts, and how these stones evolve on his bench to finished jewels.


Intersect: Art + Architecture

2:30 – 3 pm  Blue Spiral 1, booth 1520

Ceramist Vicki Grant discusses the ways her 30-year career as an architect has informed her creative process. The lessons she learned about structure, texture, pattern, and rhythm have been invaluable to the creation of her sculptural wall tiles, which incorporate painted porcelain with natural materials. 



Koen Vanderstukken: Glass, Virtual, Real

2:30 - 3 pm Berengo Studio, booth 1124

Artist and educator Koen Vanderstukken signs copies of this volume which has been a 10-year project.


Pascal Oudet: Wood Story

3 - 3:30 pm Collectors of Wood Art, booth SE102

Pascal Oudet discusses his process and inspirations for his wood forms. The artist will explain the examination of growth rings to explore a tree’s history. 


Metals and Jewelry at Ball State: The Legacy Continues

3 – 3:30 pm  School of Art, College of Fine Arts, Ball State University, SE 1603

Patricia Nelson joined the Ball State University faculty in 1978 and in 2014 was named the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Art.  Over the years she has mentored a number of leading metalsmiths and educators. Nelson will talk about her long career at BSU and  introduce her successor,  Jessica Calderwood.      


John Miller

3 - 4 pm Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

Represented by Hive Contemporary


Lino Tagliapietra, Represented by Schantz Galleries

In Conversation: Lino Tagliapietra on the panels exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

3:30 – 4:30 pm Room C

Through July 2017, The Philadelphia Museum of Art is exhibiting five panels by glass artist Lino Tagliapietra in an exhibition entitled "Paintings in Glass." Co-curators Elisabeth Agro,  Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Andrew Page, Editor of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, discuss the work presented in the show, and explore why the maestro who has been called "perhaps the greatest living glassblower" by Dale Chihuly has devoted much of the past two decades to mastering an entirely new process of "painting" with glass frit and traditional blown elements to create kiln-fused wall-hung works that reference paint on canvas yet are made entirely from glass. 

Represented by Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge, MA


Judy Mulford: 80 Chairs

3:30 - 4 pm Judy Mulford Special Exhibit, booth SE221

Judy Mulford’s room-sized mixed media installation, Empty Chairs, features a central sculpture, "What now?” she said. “What now?…What now?…What now?...” surrounded by 80 individually designed chairs in frames. The intimate and emotional sculptures chronicle domestic life. The dollhouse chairs, dolls, buttons and embellishments came from family members, flea markets, antique stores and friends. Mulford speaks about her inspiration and process and sign copies of her limited edition book, 80 Chairs.    


Rosenberg: Intuitive Reverse Painting

3:30 - 4 pm Winterowd Fine Art, booth 1000

Artist Rosenberg brings his own unique style to the classic tradition of reverse glass painting, layering gradating colors upon colors. At one time a children’s book illustrator, he has abandoned representation and now creates non-objective work that arises from an intuitive approach. The artist discusses his process and current body of work.    


Derek Weidman

3:30 – 4:40 pm  Woodturning Demonstration Booth


Rendering of the Greenfield Glass Gallery, The Henry Ford Museum

Through a Different Lens: Studio Glass in a History Museum

4 – 5 pm Room B

The Henry Ford is opening two permanent installations of Studio Glass, one in Henry Ford Museum, the second in Greenfield Village.  How does a museum that celebrates America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and innovation interpret studio glass? Charles Sable, Curator of Decorative Arts and Catherine Tuczek, is Curator of School and Public Learning, will discuss how studio glass may be viewed historically, culturally and as a vehicle for school and public learning.

Presented by Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI



Ardmore Ceramics, Pascoe and Company

Ardmore Ceramics: Uplifting a Community through Art

4 – 5 pm Room A

Ardmore Ceramic Art is a thriving studio of artists in the Midlands of South Africa. For the last 30 years Zulu men and women, drawn from the local community, have been creating unique artworks featuring exotic African wildlife and flowers. Their expressive sculptural designs, hand-painted in exuberant colors, have been exhibited around the world, notably at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Louise Irvine, Executive Director, Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, will discuss the ways in which recognition for Ardmore has uplifted the lives of the artists and their families.

Presented by Pascoe and Company, North Miami, FL



Isohi Setsuko

4 - 5:30 pm Bamboo Demonstration Booth

Bamboo artist Isohi Setsuko is a full member of the prestigious Japan Traditional Craft Arts Association and one of only a handful of Japanese women to earn recognition in this art form.  She will demonstrate many of the steps and techniques that she uses, such as splitting bamboo, plaiting, and rattan stitching. The artist will end the presentation by creating a Sogetsu style flower arrangement in one of her own baskets.
Presented by TAI Modern    


Andy Kuby

4:45 - 5:45 pm Woodturning Demonstration Booth


Artist Q&A: Jennifer Falck Linssen

5 - 5:30 pm browngrotta arts, booth 921

The foundation of Jennifer Falck Linssen’s artwork lies in the ancient Japanese paper and textile traditions of katagami, stencil carving and katazome. Since 2003, the artist has been recontextualizing the stencil into three-dimensional vessels and sculptures, combining katagami paper carving with traditional metalsmithing and basketry techniques. In her work, Linssen seeks to understand how pattern lends overall strength to an object, and how light itself can be molded and shaped to conceptually express moments which embrace nature's change, rebirth, resiliency, and endurance. Linssen answers questions about her inspiration and process.



Tim Shaw

5 - 6 pm Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

Represented by Kirra Galleries


Art Shay Booth Talk

6 - 7 pm Ann Nathan Gallery, booth 820

Join the Ann Nathan Gallery in welcoming Art Shay to SOFA CHICAGO.  For over 70 years, Art Shay has documented his life, combining his gifts of storytelling, humor and empathy. His legendary street photography has been featured in Life, Time, Ebony, Sports Illustrated and his work is included in permanent collections of museums including the National Portrait Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography - Chicago.



Clint Stevens

6 - 7 pm Woodturning Demonstration Booth




Saturday, November 5 

Collette Spears

Frank Talk: The Arts in the Twenty-first Century or Do the Hierarchies Still Exist?

9:30 – 10:30 am Room A

Much has been written declaring that today no borders exist between the arts. Practitioners can utilize whatever media they choose to realize their vision and can call themselves whatever they wish. However, with the art vs. craft debate over (or is it?), is there a new world order? Artist Michael Glancy, Susie Silbert, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, and Rosanne Somerson, President, Rhode Island School of Design, will discuss these questions in a panel moderated by Dr. Arne R. Flaten, Director, School of Art, Ball State University.

Presented by the School of Art and The Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass, Ball State University in conjunction with the SOFA CHICAGO Special Exhibit Ball State University School of Art: Embracing the Past, Making the Future



Ivan Markovic, Represented by Option Art

The Creative Process: Inception, Execution and Presentation of a Work of Art

10 – 11 am Room C

Ivan Markovic, a Montreal based sculptor, specializing in paper art, offers an intimate portrait of his life and work. Struck by the plight of disenfranchised people he sought to address this social phenomenon through his art. Currently, he continues to represent social outcasts although with another lens, focusing more on the metaphorical, symbolic, and poetic aspects of the outsider. In his lecture, he shares insight into these subjects and the process involved in depicting them.

Represented by Option Art, Montreal, QC



“Passage”

10:30 – 11:30 am Room B

World-famous artist Bertil Vallien dives deep into the human consciousness exploring a wide variety of psychological themes, and expresses these in cast glass. Vallien has created a monumental, three-meter-long, cast glass legacy piece titled “Passage,” which is to be unveiled with Hawk Galleries at SOFA Chicago 2016.  This is a project that has taken on the working title “million-dollar boat.” Since 1963, Vallien has had his studio in the Swedish glass factory Kosta Boda, which will celebrate its 275th anniversary next year.

Represented by Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH



Richard Jolley

11 am - 12 pm Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

Represented by Berengo Studio


Cristian Hernandez

ChiArts: The Group Critique. Live.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Room A

The group critique is a critical component to any art practice and to all studio art classes. By hearing the myriad ways in which others analyze our artworks we can push our process in a direction that better speaks to our intentions. At ChiArts, the group critique is incorporated into every unit plan beginning as early as 9th grade. By the time students graduate high school they are able to lead an honest, thoughtful and challenging critique while being able to successfully self-assess their own work. You are invited to observe Whitney Bradshaw and Tricia Van Eck lead ChiArts’ alumni as they engage in a group critique of works by a few of the artists featured in the ChiArts Special Exhibit: Four Years Later.

Tricia Van Eck is Artistic Director and Founder of 6108North, which challenges what art is, whom it’s for, and where and how it is created. Previously Van Eck worked 13 years as a curator at Museum of Contemporary Art.

Whitney Bradshaw is the Visual Arts Department Chair at ChiArts. Before that, Bradshaw was the curator of the renowned LaSalle Bank Photography Collection, the Bank of America Collection and an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago for 13 years. 


Presented by ChiArts in conjunction with the SOFA CHICAGO Special Exhibit ChiArts: Shaping the Unique and Diverse Voices of Chicago’s Young Artists.



Meet and Greet with celebrated Swedish artist Bertil Vallien

11:30 am - 1 pm Hawk Galleries, booth 701

Swedish artist Bertil Vallien will greet SOFA CHICAGO patrons immediately following his SOFA CHICAGO lecture at 10:30 am, Lecture Room B, Navy Pier Festival Hall.  Vallien will lecture on his legacy piece, a monumental cast glass piece titled Passage, which will be unveiled for the first time at the fair.  This piece pays special tribute to Vallien’s 53-year partnership with Kosta Boda, Sweden’s oldest glasshouse, which has proclaimed that Passage, aka The Million Dollar Boat, is the most prestigious project that has been undertaken since 1742. Vallien is represented in many of the most prominent metropolitan museums in the world, including the Musee des Arts Decoratifs and The Louvre.  In addition to Passage, Vallien will be available to discuss the numerous other pieces on display.  



Marian Bijlenga, Represented by browngrotta arts

Marian Bijlenga: 30 Years of Making

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Room C

Fiber artist Marian Bijlenga discusses the 30-year span of her career and the evolution of her practice. Bijlenga creates wall sculptures from delicately worked elements of horse hair, viscose, paper, glass and fish scales, using a technique that she developed herself while studying at the Rietveld Art Academy in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She explores her inspirations, found in the natural world, and the way she balances intuitive and structured creative impulses, as well as the 30 more years of making she sees in front of her.

Represented by browngrotta arts, Wilton, CT



Louise Irvine on Ardmore Ceramic Art

11:30 am - 12 pm Pascoe and Company, booth 1525

Join Louise Irvine, Director of the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, on a safari of South African ceramic art, as she discusses the Ardmore work on display. Discover first-hand the expressive clay sculptures and intricate painting techniques of the Zulu artists and hear how a community has been uplifted by ceramic art.



Particulate to Solid: Kiln-Formed Glass

11:30 am – 12 pm  Winterowd Gallery, booth 1000

Award-winning kiln-formed glass sculptor Karen Bexfield entertains a dialogue on her current body of work.  For her, oontrasts are an identifying feature: organic vs. structured, solid vs. void, opaque vs. transparent, and moving from particulate to solid. See Karen’s gorgeous sculptures and learn about her techniques.



John Moore, Represented by Hedone Gallery

The NOW/NEW Generation of Award-Winning Emerging Jewelers

The NOW/NEW Generation of Award-Winning Emerging Jewelers Room B

The contemporary jewelry world today must remain relevant by embracing fluidity and change.  These three young, award winning international artists explore different issues in the contemporary jewelry lexicon:  Seung Jeon (SJ) Paik, who combines ancient and modern technologies to push the boundaries of technical execution; John Moore, who examines the intersection of jewelry and performance/fashion; and Federica Sala, who explores the preciousness of materials, specifically glass and metal.  These artists will discuss the their respective choices of media used to convey their ideas, and the themes they grapple with in their work. Moderated by Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, well-known polymer clay artist, designer and lecturer.

Represented by Hedone Gallery, Leonia, NJ



Isohi Setsuko

12 - 1:30 pm Bamboo Demonstration Booth

Bamboo artist Isohi Setsuko is a full member of the prestigious Japan Traditional Craft Arts Association and one of only a handful of Japanese women to earn recognition in this art form.  She will demonstrate many of the steps and techniques that she uses, such as splitting bamboo, plaiting, and rattan stitching. The artist will end the presentation by creating a Sogetsu style flower arrangement in one of her own baskets.
Presented by TAI Modern    


Art/Fashion/Objects: Beyond Boundaries

12:30 - 1 pm projects+ gallery, booth 1102

Featured artists Fantich & Young, Hideki Seo, and Charlie Le Mindu create works inspired by functional objects, inviting viewers to rethink familiar forms and genres of self-presentation and bodily adornment.  Fundamentally linked by a language of sculpture and inventive approaches to materials, Charlotte Eyerman, independent curator, discusses the ways these artists elevate and expand upon everyday experiences.    


Marian Bijlenga: MINIATURES

12:30 - 1 pm browngrotta arts, booth 921

Fiber artist Marian Bijlenga has had a 30-year career creating wall sculptures from delicately worked elements of horse hair, viscose, paper, glass and fish scales, using a technique that she developed herself while studying at the Rietveld Art Academy in the late 1970s and early1980s. She will sign copies of MINIATURE, which chronicles the history of her work.



LIFE : FIGHT : LOVE

1 - 2 pm DIFFA Chicago, booth SE122

This living installation animates the truths of HIV/AIDS and challenges the perception that the disease is “over”:  Survivor and Ambassador Jim Petrakis lives in this intimate space throughout SOFA and will discuss his LIFE, his FIGHT with the disease, and his LOVE for all who helped restore his health.

Sponsored by DIFFA Chicago –The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS Chicago Chapter – in honor of WORLD AIDS DAY, December 1.    


Pascal Oudet, Represented by Kirsten Muenster Projects

Predictable Unpredictability

1 – 2 pm Room C

Wood artists Pascal Oudet and Christian Burchard share their intuitive approach to working harmoniously with the inherent structure of the material – and how their fascination with the unpredictable nature of unusual and unstable woods results in works that tell the story of the trees from which they came.

Represented by Kirsten Muenster Projects, San Francisco, CA



Sarah Maloney: Water Level

1 - 1:30 pm Studio 21 Fine Art, booth 602

Artist Sarah Maloney models indigenous Canadian plants in wax and casts in bronze to create larger suites of work. Her work is an exploration of using flora to create sculptural landscape with an awareness of the history of Canadian landscape art, refocused through a lens of feminism and with the history of sculpture and its materials.


Adam Brown: The Painterly & Assembled Photograph

1 - 1:30 pm Charon Kransen Arts, booth 1004

Adam Brown's photographic art does not often read as soley 'photographic'. In his work, Brown often employs a painterly approach, a layering of surfaces, reflections and markings suggestive of drawing and calligraphy. Adam is after the 'feeling' of a place rather than simply recording place as document.. Adam also constructs landscapes as 'Dreamscapes' – places that exist in his mind's eye. The arist will talk about his inspirations, his methods and his current thinking about making art with photography.



Steve Ciezki

1 - 2 pm Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

Represented by Adam Blaue Gallery


Kristin LeVier

1 - 2 pm Woodturning Demonstration Booth

Represented by Xylem Gallery    


Eyes on SOFA

1:30 – 2:30 pm Room B

Art critic William Warmus moderates a panel of three emerging professionals in the field of art and criticism. Panelists Robin DluzenJoanne Kim, and Anjulie Rao charged with identifying fresh new works across all media at SOFA CHICAGO 2016. The panel will discuss the artworks and identify trends in the following areas: Narrative Art, Abstraction, Innovation, and Technical Virtuosity. 



Found Objects: Jewelry Inspired by Unknown Collaborators

2 - 2:30 pm Aaron Faber Gallery, booth 1121

Peter Schmid of Atelier Zobel, Germany, discusses his fascination with found objects – antique jewelry fragments, figures old and new, and currently, a rare collection of handblown antique cane glass marbles—and how these collaborations are sometimes serendipitous and sometimes disruptive.



Artist Q&A: Christine Joy

2 – 2:30 pm  browngrotta arts, booth 921

Christine Joy began her work by harvesting material from her backyard. Her baskets of willow, maple, cottonwood and osier appear as if they are moving, growing and animated, as though the shapes had been cut from a tree or pulled from moving water. "I want them to sit still, unchanging, yet to the eye of the viewer to flow, to move around and back again, to carry the movement of life,” Joy has written. "From the fruition of a basket’s construction to the next harvest, I am involved in a representational cycle. The baskets become concrete symbols of the passage of my life.” Joy will answer questions about her inspiration and process.



Tom Marosz: Sculpture from Float Glass

2 - 2:30 Ai Bo Gallery, booth 521

Glass artist Tom Marosz will discuss the ways he uses the characteristics of float glass for the production of sculpture, including considerations of materials, methods, costs, and theory.


Esther Shimazu

2 - 2:30 pm John Natsoulas Gallery, booth 1306

Artist Esther Shimazu signs copies of this volume on her ceramic nudes and discusses the work on exhibit.



Ron Gerton

2:15 - 3:15 pm Woodturning Demonstration Booth

Represented by Adam Blaue Gallery    


GIOIELLI IN FERMENTO: Considerations on a Themed Award Competition

2:30 – 3:30 pm  Room A

In the past six years, Gioielli in Fermento has become one of the leading international jewelry competitions with an annual award supported by Torre Fornello, an Italian wine maker advocating art and cultural values related to Mediterranean territories. 

Each annual exhibition offers a glimpse into the creative process and the evolution of the participating artists’ work. Eliana Negroni, Gioielli in Fermento project curator, will discuss the themes which change every year, but are always related to the world of wine. Negroni will also present an overview of the pieces submitted and share the artists perspective ranging from reaction to the limitations to the sparks of creativity and degrees of freedom in working with the theme. 

Presented by the Gioielli in Fermento in conjunction with the SOFA CHICAGO Special Exhibit Art and Wine: Gioielli in Fermento



Isohi Setsuko, Represented by TAI Modern

The Art of Bamboo: Interview with Isohi Setsuko

2:30 – 3:30 pm Room C

Isohi Setsuko is one of the most important younger bamboo artists in Japan, and she is one of only a handful of women in her field. TAI Modern Gallery Director Margo Thoma will interview Setsuko on topics like her work day and her mentoring by Katsushiro Soho, a Living National Treasure. They will discuss the development of her unique style and balancing this with the aesthetic traditions of bamboo flower baskets. She will also describe her views on the future of women in bamboo art, and the future of her medium in an increasingly technological society.

Represented by TAI Modern, Santa Fe, NM



Louise Irvine on Ardmore Ceramic Art

2:30 – 3 pm  Pascoe and Company, booth 1525

Join Louise Irvine, Director of the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, on a safari of South African ceramic art, as she discusses the Ardmore work on display. Discover first-hand the expressive clay sculptures and intricate painting techniques of the Zulu artists and hear how a community has been uplifted by ceramic art.



Beth Biggs: Seduced

2:30 - 3 pm Studio 21 Fine Art, booth 602

Artist Beth Biggs is interested in the potential of jewelry to be fortified with conceptual meaning. Biggs discusses the ways in which her work addresses feminist issues, and how Seduced links the seduction of flowers and the desire of femininity. The charismatic power draws one close, seducing the viewer into an intimate space.



CONNECT Panel

3 – 4 pm Room B

CONNECT highlights innovative design programs at universities throughout the country. Faculty advisors of the 6 participating CONNECT schools discuss influences, concepts, and challenges for each of their designs. With CONNECT participants: John DeSalvo, Illinois Institute of Technology; Deborah Schneiderman, Pratt Institute; Sigrid Zahner, Purdue University; Helen Koo, University of California, Davis; Mara Marcu, University of Cincinnati; Kevin Erickson, University of Illinois. Moderated by William V. Ganis, Chairperson of Art and Design at Indiana State University. 


Artist Q&A: Grethe Sørenson

3 - 3:30 pm browngrotta arts, booth 921

Grethe Sørensen explores digital technologies to create her tapestries. She has developed her own technique, combining weaving and video, selecting and manipulating still images to create a poetic universe of pixels, headlights, traffic lights, neon shop and advertising signs meticulously rendered in cotton thread. She is fascinated by color gradation; dying on the warp before weaving, varying the colors by mixing threads of different nuances in the warp. 



Zammy Migdal and Tolla Inbar: New Work

3 - 3:30 pm Adamar Fine Arts, booth 624

Zammy Migdal and Tolla Inbar discuss their respective bodies of work to be debuted at SOFA CHICAGO.  Migdal explores Sidni Ali, an organic installation inspired by the beaches of Israel and his new stand-alone wall sculptures. Inbar discusses her "Little People" series, a diminutive village of playful characters who never seem to stop having fun. Inbar signs copies of her coffee table book after the talks.



Harriet Schwarzrock

3 - 4 pm Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

Represented by Kirra Galleries


John Benton

3:30 - 4:30 pm Woodturning Demonstration Booth


Furnace, Flame and Finish: Modern Glass Sculpting Techniques

3:30 - 4 pm Chesterfield Gallery, booth 1524

Glass artists Chris Ahalt, Kiva Ford, Grant Garmezy, and Sidney Hutter will discuss they way they choose to sculpt their glass work – hot or cold.



Pilchuck’s Culture of Exponential Growth

4 – 5 pm Room C

Pilchuck Glass School has played a formative role in the development of glass as an expressive material for artists. Today, it continues its leadership as an educational organization that fosters a worldwide community. Over the past 45 years, the result is a legacy of renowned artists who credit the school with shaping and guiding their personal and professional development. Key to its success has been the exponential growth artists experience while attending its classes and residencies. Pilchuck’s Executive Director James Baker talks about how the school has designed its programs and built its community to fuel growth through a culture of open exploration, experimentation, innovation and collaboration. He will illustrate this one-hour talk with images of its programs and artists and will answer audience questions.  

Presented by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass



Christian Burchard, Represented by Kirsten Muenster Projects

WHY WOOD? Contemporary Practice in a Timeless Material

4 - 5 pm Room A

The practice of woodworking spans millennia of artistic endeavor and parallels the trajectory of human achievement. Wood continues to provide inspiration to emerging generations of makers across a spectrum of creative practices.

Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Curator of Craft, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA, and Curator of the CWA sponsored special exhibition WHY WOOD? and artists Humaira Abid, Christian Burchard, and Katie Hudnall, discuss contemporary works that push the boundaries of the material, mine its properties for inspiration, and in so doing, expose the eternal qualities of wood that perpetuate dialogues between makers and material.

Presented by the Collectors of Wood Art in conjunction with the SOFA CHICAGO Special Exhibit Why Wood? Contemporary Practice in a Timeless Material

Artists represented in order of listing: Abmeyer Wood, Seattle, WA; Kirsten Muenster Projects, San Francisco, CA; Adam Blaue Gallery, Cleveland, OH



Isohi Setsuko

4 - 5:30 pm Bamboo Demonstration Booth

Bamboo artist Isohi Setsuko is a full member of the prestigious Japan Traditional Craft Arts Association and one of only a handful of Japanese women to earn recognition in this art form.  She will demonstrate many of the steps and techniques that she uses, such as splitting bamboo, plaiting, and rattan stitching. The artist will end the presentation by creating a Sogetsu style flower arrangement in one of her own baskets.
Presented by TAI Modern    


Doug Frohman: How Fine Art can Enhance Your Daily Diet

4 - 4:30 pm Ai Bo Gallery, booth 521

Doug Frohman discusses how living with high quality art is “nutritious” for the imagination and the soul. He explores the ways that experiencing fine art - gaining an understanding of the artist’s purpose, methods and resulting images - can stimulate core personal experiences that lift you above the cynical, banal and common-place aspects of every day life.



Jeffrey Breslow: Sculpture Secrets Shared

4 - 4:30 pm Jeffrey Breslow Gallery, booth 1424

Sculptor Jeffrey Breslow has often been asked how his steel and stone artworks are held together, and how kinetic elements in his pieces stay in motion for extended periods of time. Breslow shares the secrets to these seemingly magical sculptures.



The Creative Process: What do Craft, Software, and Science Have in Common?

4:30 - 5:30 pm Room B

Tien Chiu speaks about her newly published book "Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making, and Selling Artisan Work". She discusses the concept at the heart of Master Your Craft - a universal creative process used not only in craftwork but in many other areas of human endeavor - including software and science.

Tien Chiu is an award-winning weaver and writer, with 25 years of experience in textile arts. Her lecture will be followed by a book signing at Schiffer Publishing, in the Partner Pavilion.

Presented by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Atglen, PA    


Tien Chiu: Master Your Craft

5:30 - 6:30 pm Schiffer Publishing, Partner Pavilion

Tien Chiu will sign copies of her recently published book, “Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making, and Selling Artisan Work", following her lecture at 4:30 pm in Lecture Hall B.



Thomas Stegal

4:45 - 5:45 pm Woodturning Demonstration Booth


Grant Garmezy

5 - 6 pm Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

Represented by Chesterfield Gallery


Jason Swanson

6 -7 pm Woodturning Demonstration Booth



Sunday, November 6

Louise Irvine on Ardmore Ceramic Art

12:30 - 1 pm Pascoe and Company, booth 1525

Join Louise Irvine, Director of the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, on a safari of South African ceramic art, as she discusses the Ardmore work on display. Discover first-hand the expressive clay sculptures and intricate painting techniques of the Zulu artists and hear how a community has been uplifted by ceramic art.


Emma Piirteniem: Glass and Acrylic Jewelry

12:30 - 1 pm Studio 21 Fine Art, booth 602

Emerging artist Emma Piirtoniemi talks about the process behind making her glass and acrylic jewelry pieces. From conceptual beginnings to material explorations and the process of creating final works, Emma will share insights on her burgeoning artistic practice. 


Ivan Markovic: Meet the Artist

1 - 1:30 pm Option Art, booth 605

Sculptor Ivan Markovic discusses his paper work and the plight of disenfranchised people that he seeks to address in his art.



Joe Ivacic

1 - 2 pm Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

Represented by The K. Allen Gallery


Isohi Setsuko

1 - 2:30 pm Bamboo Demonstration Booth

Bamboo artist Isohi Setsuko is a full member of the prestigious Japan Traditional Craft Arts Association and one of only a handful of Japanese women to earn recognition in this art form.  She will demonstrate many of the steps and techniques that she uses, such as splitting bamboo, plaiting, and rattan stitching. The artist will end the presentation by creating a Sogetsu style flower arrangement in one of her own baskets.
Presented by TAI Modern    


John Beaver

1 - 2 pm Woodturning Demonstration Booth


Katie Mae Adams

2:15 - 3:15 pm Woodturning Demonstration Booth


Louise Irvine on Ardmore Ceramic Art

2:30 - 3 pm Pascoe and Company, booth 1525

Join Louise Irvine, Director of the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, on a safari of South African ceramic art, as she discusses the Ardmore work on display. Discover first-hand the expressive clay sculptures and intricate painting techniques of the Zulu artists and hear how a community has been uplifted by ceramic art.



Tim Lotton

2:30 - 3:30 pm Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

Represented by The K. Allen Gallery


Jason Clark

3:30 - 4:30 pm Woodturning Demonstration Booth


George Kennard

4:30 - 5:30 pm Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow


Al Miotke

4:45 - 5:45 pm Woodturning Demonstration Booth



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