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About SOFA 

The Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, SOFA is produced by Urban Expositions.

Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1994, what distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design.  SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks in handsome, custom-designed gallery exhibits.

SOFA is held annually in the fall at Chicago's major destination, Navy Pier, with an average of 80 dealers and 35,000 people attending.  Sales at the fair are estimated at 15-20 million dollars per show.

With a strong educational emphasis, SOFA CHICAGO includes an acclaimed lecture series and special exhibits exploring the artworks on view and surveying new trends in the art world.  A VIP program includes exclusive events tailored to high-profile gallery clients and collector/museum groups.

SOFA has evolved into a dynamic international marketplace and community – a confluence of perspectives where art, design and people intersect.

Roberta Smith, art critic, New York Times wrote, "Presence is what counts, and it can be found in almost every booth."  Click here to see what others are saying about SOFA!

HISTORY


1994-Present. SOFA CHICAGO was inaugurated at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in 1994, with 58 exhibitors and 14,000 persons attending. In 1995, SOFA CHICAGO moved to Festival Hall at Chicago's historic Navy Pier. Since then, the exposition has grown steadily in the number of exhibitors, averaging 85-90 galleries and dealers in recent years, and attendance has increased over 100%. The attendance has increased to 35,000 persons in recent years.


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Booth Talk
Parabolic Curve
12 noon, 02-Nov-2013
Joanna Bird Contemporary Collections, booth 621



SOFA CHICAGO 2014 Calendar Listing SOFA CHICAGO 2014 Calendar Listing
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SOFA CHICAGO, the world’s foremost fair devoted to Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art + Design, returns November 7-9 for its 21st year with 70 dealers from around the world exhibiting an array of ceramics, wood, glass, fiber, jewelry, metal and innovative design. More than 34,000 fairgoers including artists, collectors, curators, designers, and art patrons from around the world attended SOFA CHICAGO in 2013, enjoying familiar favorites such as the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow and t    Download 


About SOFA CHICAGO

The Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, SOFA is produced by Urban Expositions.

Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1994, what distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design.  SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks in handsome, custom-designed gallery exhibits.

SOFA is held annually in the fall at Chicago's major destination, Navy Pier, with an average of 80 dealers and 35,000 people attending.

SOFA CHICAGO / Tickets & Showtimes

Urban Expositions presents SOFA CHICAGO 2014 at Navy Pier's Festival Hall (600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60611) Nov. 7 - 9, with the Opening Night Preview Thursday, Nov. 6.

Day Date Hours Purchase Tickets
Thursday Nov. 6 7 pm to 9 pm Tickets ($50)
Friday Nov. 7 11 am to 7 pm Tickets ($20)
Saturday Nov. 8 11 am to 7 pm Tickets ($20)
Sunday Nov. 9 Noon to 6 pm Tickets ($20)

One general admission ticket of $20 admits visitors to the fair, related lecture series, special exhibits and events. $30 three-day passes and discounted student, senior and group tickets are also available. The public is also invited to the Opening Night Preview, Thursday, Nov. 6, 7 to 9 p.m. Preview tickets are $50.