SOFA CHICAGO 2018 Booth Events

SOFA CHICAGO 2018 Booth Events

Access to the SOFA CHICAGO Lecture Series is included with fair admission. Lecture Series rooms A and B are on the upper level of show floor, above entrance at the east end of Festival Hall.  

FRIDAY, November 2


Book Signing: Mark Peiser

1 - 2 pm | Bender Gallery, Booth A15

Mark Peiser has been involved with the Studio Glass Movement since 1967 and is widely recognized for his uniquely individualized approaches and accomplishments.

In 1967, Peiser attended a five week glass session at the then burgeoning Penland School of Crafts. There, he quickly acquainted himself with the basic tools and limited written resources available at the time. “I was told there was no information available beyond what I saw,” he says. “I found the only way to learn was through experimentation in all aspects of studio existence.” And experiment he did. Peiser was made Penland’s first resident glass craftsman, a post he held until 1970, when he established his own studio nearby.” Peiser is a founder of the Glass Art Society started in 1971 at Penland, of which he is an Honorary Lifetime Member.

“Most of my career has been spent evolving glasses and processes,” Peiser says. “Like many of us in the ’60s, I strove to be an advocate for the material and new approaches to its objects.”

Peiser's work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL), Birmingham Art Museum (AL), Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (NY), Corning Museum of Glass (NY), La Galerie Internationale du Verre (France), Glasmuseum (Denmark), High Museum of Art (GA), Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art (Japan), Hunter Museum of American Art (TN), Milwaukee Art Museum (WI), Mint Museum of Craft + Design (NC), Museum of Arts & Design (NY), National Museum of American History, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Smithsonian Institute (DC), Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA), Toledo Museum of Art (OH) and Tokyo Museum of Modern Art (Japan). Peiser was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Craft Council in 1988 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass in 2004. Additionally in 2009 he received the North Carolina Governor’s Award and in 2010 the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Glass Art Society.

Book Signing: Michael Taylor

1 - 2 pm | Habatat Gallery, Booth A25

Small discussion with book signing to follow with Michael Taylor.

Booth Talk with Brad Sells

2 - 3 pm | Blue Spiral 1, Booth A11

The Story Behind the Tree: Abstract vessels and forms by celebrated wood sculptor Brad Sells. Sells will discuss his influences, techniques, and sculptures created from exotic and domestic wood using a free-form carving technique. His process involves a number of tools including a chainsaw and straight and angled grinders. Sells lives and works in his hometown of Cookeville, TN, where he owns Bark Studio. He has been featured in the Tree Safari documentary series by award-winning filmmaker Todd Jarrell. His pieces are held in the collections of many national and regional museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, and the Museum of Art & Design in New York City. Sells is represented by Blue Spiral 1 located in Asheville, NC.

SATURDAY, November 3


Artist Talk: Jim Rose, Featured at SOFA for 25 Years

Saturday | 4 pm | Gallery Victor Armendariz, Booth B9

Jim Rose has been exhibiting his steel furniture at SOFA since it's first fair 25 years ago. His skillful interpretation of the Shaker design is a result of intense research and field study of Shaker furniture, architecture, culture and history.

Booth Talk with Michael Boroniec

1 - 2 pm | Lyons Wier Gallery, Booth A19

Booth talk with artist Michael Boroniec.

Book Signing: Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles

2 - 3 pm | Duane Reed Gallery, Booth A6

Jenny Pohlman and Sabrina Knowles' new book recently released, is a beautiful 72 page full-color book highlighting the careers of the artists and published in conjunction with their recent major exhibition of the same title at the Bainbridge Museum of Art. 

Booth Talk with Pascal Oudet: The Soul of the Tree

2 - 3 pm | Kirsten Muenster Projects, Booth A32

Artist Pascal Oudet will discuss his one of a kind, lace-like wood vessels that are turned and sandblasted to transparency.

Booth Talk with Elizabeth Goluch: The Birds & The Bees - The Story Is In The Details

3 - 4 pm | Studio 21 Fine Art, Booth B19

Elizabeth Goluch's metal sculptures, which are informed by her observation of the natural world and by extensive research, are a hybrid of hard science and fine art. She adds narrative in the form of details relevant to the name, life cycle, habits, environment, predators, prey, fairy tales and folklore of each. Some details are transformed into diminutive treasures housed in a secret compartment found inside the sculpture itself, with hints to content in subtle clues affixed to the surface. It is these treasures and details that tell the story. She will speak about her work, telling the story of each sculpture.

Booth Talk with Maja Padrov

4 - 5 pm | Studio 21 Fine Art, Booth B19

Maja Padrov discusses her intuitive rearrangement of functional elements and her research in glaze chemistry. She is inspired by clay’s and glazes’ ability 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.

SUNDAY, November 4

Booth Talk with Darren Emenau

1 - 2 pm | Studio 21 Fine Art, Booth B19

Darren Emenau is a contemporary ceramic artist from New Brunswick, Canada. He will speak about his sources of inspiration, how his ideas, forms, and surfaces have evolved since the beginning of his career in 1996, and how his obsession with experimentation propels him forward.

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