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SOFA CHICAGO 2014 Booth Events 

Booth events held in exhibitor booths unless otherwise noted.

Friday, November 7


VIP Conversation 10:30, 7-Nov-2014, Conversation Space

Highlights of a 50 Year Career: The Art of Albert Paley

Join metal sculptor Albert Paley as he remarks on his recent retrospective survey at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.  Paley will cover all aspects of his decorated career from his beginnings as a goldsmith and jeweler to his large-scale sculptural projects.  Paley is represented at SOFA by Wexler Gallery, booth 107

10:30, 7-Nov-2014, Conversation Space
Booth Talk 11 am, 07-Nov-2014, Collectors of Wood Art Special Exhibit, booth SE009

Crafting an Advocacy Campaign for Awareness

Artist Wendy Maruyama shifts the language of her work with topics ranging from gender, ethnicity, personal history, and wildlife advocacy. Her newest work, The wildLIFE Project, provides a platform for elephant advocacy and brings awareness to the poaching problem that threatens the species’ very existence.


11 am, 07-Nov-2014, Collectors of Wood Art Special Exhibit, booth SE009
Booth Talk 11 am, 7-Nov-2014, Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts Special Exhibit, booth SE005

Anderson Ranch Arts Center in the 80s

Artist Brad Miller will discuss the growth of Anderson Ranch Arts Center from 1980-1990.


11 am, 7-Nov-2014, Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts Special Exhibit, booth SE005
Booth Talk 11:30 amm, 7-Nov-2014, Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts Special Exhibit, booth SE005

How Anderson Ranch has Influenced My Studio Practice

Artist Jill Oberman will dicuss her relationship with the Ranch, and how that has influenced her studio practice.

11:30 amm, 7-Nov-2014, Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts Special Exhibit, booth SE005
Booth Talk 11:30 am, 07-Nov-2014, The K. Allen Gallery, Booth 1000

Strength and Fragility: Combining Metal and Glass

Artist Keith Clayton will discuss his use of cast glass and electroplated copper to preserve and enhance the seemingly delicate areas of his work.

11:30 am, 07-Nov-2014, The K. Allen Gallery, Booth 1000
Glassblowing Demonstration 11:30 am, 07-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow: Winning CONNECT Pieces Created

Join the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow team and students from University of Iowa and Pratt Institute as they demonstrate the construction of the winning prototypes.  For more information visit www.sofaexpo.com/connect.

11:30 am, 07-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
VIP Conversation 11:45 am, 07-Nov-2014, Conversation Space

On The Brink: Current Trends In Glass Education Programs

Led by Jan Mirenda Smith, Executive Director, Bergstom-Maahler Museum (Neenah WI), a panel of current university glass program faculty members will discuss student interests, response to existing curricula, learning technique and how these students might shape the future of glass as art.  This discussion will be followed by a tour of SOFA CHICAGO led by Jan Mirenda Smith.


11:45 am, 07-Nov-2014, Conversation Space
Booth Talk 12 pm , 07-Nov-2014, The K. Allen Gallery, Booth 1000

Artist, Husband, Father, Educator: Finding the Balance

Artist Eoin Breadon will discuss his new works and finding the delicate balance of being an artist, husband, and father, as well as his new position running the glass program as Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

12 pm , 07-Nov-2014, The K. Allen Gallery, Booth 1000
Booth Talk 12:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Collectors of Wood Art Special Exhibit, booth SE009

Makers, Merchants, Buyers: An Integral, Interactive, Inseparable & Shifting Relationship

David Ellsworth will outline the impact each of these groups have played on the field of the arts and crafts over the past forty years and will consider the potential directions of each group in order to better understand what the future of the crafted art field might look like.

12:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Collectors of Wood Art Special Exhibit, booth SE009
Winners Premiere Film Screening 1 pm, 07-Nov-2014, CODAworks booth 1402

CODAvideo: Winners Premiere

CODAworx, the global online community that celebrates design projects featuring commissioned artwork in interior and architectural spaces, will announce the winners of the CODAvideo Awards at its Winners Premiere.  The awards recognize the best videos that tell the stories of incredible design projects featuring commissioned artwork, with winners in four categories: Collaboration, Concept, Process and Experience.  Two two People's Choice winners will also be announced.  



1 pm, 07-Nov-2014, CODAworks booth 1402
Tour 1 pm, 7-Nov-2014, Meet at the Conversation Space

Tour of SOFA CHICAGO led by Jan Mirenda Smith

Explore SOFA's diverse and rich examples of contemporary decorative arts and design with Jan Mirenda Smith, Executive Director of the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass in Neenah, WI. Jan will highlight her picks of outstanding glass artworks at SOFA CHICAGO and will offer insight on getting the most out of the SOFA experience. 

1 pm, 7-Nov-2014, Meet at the Conversation Space
VIP Conversation 1 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Conversation Space

From The Mind To The Hand: Revelations of Contemporary Jewelry

Polymer artist Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, glass artist Jed Green and wood artist Naomi McIntosh discuss how they push the boundaries of material and technique to create innovative works of wearable art.  All artists are represented by Hedone Gallery, booth 300


1 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Conversation Space
Booth Talk 1 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Maria Elena Kravetz, booth 603

Impressions of Nature

British fiber artist Anthea Walsh introduces her current practice, discussing the importance of observational drawing and traditional process in creating her unique textile art. Inspired by nature and the visual language of natural history, Walsh’s latest work combines camera-less photographic process of cyanotype ‘sun-printing’ with hand embroidery.

1 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Maria Elena Kravetz, booth 603
Booth Talk 1 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220

Shadows of the Turning

Binh Pho will discuss the journey this body of work commemorates. He will talk about the collaborative efforts in combining art mediums.

1 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220
Glassblowing Demonstration 1 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow Demonstration with John Kiley

Artist John Kiley joins the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow team.  John KIley is represented by Traver Gallery, booth 521

1 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
Live Woodturning 1 pm, 07-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration with Al Miotke

Chicago Wood Turner member  Al Miotke kicks off the American Association of Woodturners demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO.  Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of AAW demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014.

1 pm, 07-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners
Book Signing 1:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Donna Schneier Fine Arts, booth 820

Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection

Donna Schneier signs copies of the catalogue for her historic gift of 132 pieces of international studio jewelry and the seminal exhibition that followed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.  

1:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Donna Schneier Fine Arts, booth 820
Booth Talk 1:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220

Conversations in Glass

Artist Lucy Lyon will discuss her process in creating a dialogue in her sculpture. She will also talk about the commission she completedfor a Sandy Hook memorial, as well as her new work in bronze.

1:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220
Booth Talk 2 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Tansey Contemporary, booth 502

Transforming the Vessel

Artist Sheryl Zacharia views the vessel form as an abstract shape on which she can create pattern and rhythm, using color, lines and shapes. Her professional musical background is always evident as is her love of the materiality of clay. 

2 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Tansey Contemporary, booth 502
Booth Talk 2 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220

Scenes of Japan

Artist Hiroshi Yamano has traveled from Japan to show and share his new works combining glass and copper, as well as several new wall pieces.

2 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220
Live Woodturning 2:15 pm, 07-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration with Derek Weidman

Artist Derek Weidman takes a turn at the American Association of Woodturners demonstration.  Weidman is represented by Thomas R. Riley Galleries.  Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of AAW demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014.

2:15 pm, 07-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners
Booth Talk 2:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Tom Ross Gallery, booth 1302

Artist, Gallerist, and Art Consultant: Current Art Trends from a Santa Fe Perspective

While pursuing art careers, artists Geoffrey Gorman, Tom Ross, and Bradley Wade have worked various positions such as operating a gallery, artist consultant. They will discuss how the Santa Fe art market has changed over the last twenty-five years and what new changes they would like to see to up the vibrancy.

2:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Tom Ross Gallery, booth 1302
Booth Talk 2:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220

Figurative Expressions in Clay

Artist Marek Zyga will discuss his inspiration and process for creating his evocative and monumental sculptures.

2:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220
Booth Talk 2:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

Alex Bernstein

Alex Bernstein presents a refreshing exploration of visual form and storytelling. Bernstein combines metaphor with the power and sensuality of sculpted glass. His glass sculptures provide the viewer with intimate narrative landscapes, drawn from light, form and color. Alex explores ideas about the passage of time and the processes of creation and transformation.

2:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Booth Talk 3 pm, 7-Nov-2014, Tom Ross Gallery, booth 1302

Language of Clay

Artist Roxanne Swentzell will speak of art as a means for communication. As a small child Roxanne was unable to speak due to a speech impediment. She began to use her mother’s clay to create figurines that could speak for her. Please join us in a conversation on how clay becomes language.

3 pm, 7-Nov-2014, Tom Ross Gallery, booth 1302
Booth talk 3 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

Martin Janecky

Martin Janecky began his career at the age of 13. Martin’s work fits into working with the human form and the realm of portraiture – although he has no intensions of trying to fit into anything; Janecky is inspired by the human figure just like many artists before.

3 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Book Signing 3 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Litvak Gallery, booth 821

Stepan Pala: Infinity

Stepan Pala will celebrate his 70th birthday this year. On this occasion he will publish a book about his latest project “INFINITY,” a theme that is present in his works throughout various stages of his creative career.

3 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Litvak Gallery, booth 821
Glassblowing Demonstration 3 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow Demonstration with Nancy Callan

Artist Nancy Callan joins the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow team.  Nancy Callan is represented by Blue Rain Gallery, booth 807

3 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
Booth Talk 3:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

Martin Blank

Whether it is a collection of flower blossoms, a monumental abstract installation, or a figurative sculpture, Martin Blank’s hot sculpted glass is made with a combination of technical exactitude and creative exuberance.  Intuitive and deliberate, he is nonetheless open to enhancing his visual vocabulary with the happy accidents of glasswork.

3:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Live Woodturning 3:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration with David Ellsworth

Artist David Ellsworth takes a turn at the American Association of Woodturners demonstration.  Ellsworth is represented by Thomas R. Riley Galleries.  Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of AAW demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014.

3:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners
Booth Talk 4 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

Shelley Muzylowski Allen

Glass is a medium that keeps Shelley Muzylowski Allen in the moment. Striving to bring a painterly quality to this dynamic medium, she layers color to add depth to the sculpture being made. The textures and patterns have the fluidity and gesture of brushwork and enrich the strong, solid, three-dimensional form.

4 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Book Signing 4 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Schiffer Publishing, Partner Pavilion

Fierce and Beautiful: Dressed for Defense

Get the definitive guide to smart and protective wear with the gorgeous new book, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets. Author Suzanne Ramljak, editor of Metalsmith magazine, will be on hand to sign books and talk strategies for ornamental protection. 

Presented by the Society for North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

4 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Schiffer Publishing, Partner Pavilion
Kabbalat Shabbat 4 pm, 7-Nov-2014, Litvak Gallery, booth 821

Kabbalat Shabbat with Litvak Gallery

Litvak Gallery invites everyone to join us for "Kabbalat Shabbat".  Candle lighting at precisely 4:18 pm

4 pm, 7-Nov-2014, Litvak Gallery, booth 821
Booth Talk 4:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Anderson Ranch Arts Center Special Exhibit, booth SE005

Ranch History 1974-Present

David Ellsworth will give a first person account of the incredible evolution of Anderson Ranch from sheep barns to the creative power dome it is today.

4:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Anderson Ranch Arts Center Special Exhibit, booth SE005
Booth Talk 4:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

Steve Linn

In each of the mysterious, living icons that the artist Steve Linn presents he narrates his own history and the history of his art. “The art world is a universal melting pot of diverse styles, cultures, and ideas and I see my work smack dab in the midst of it all.”

4:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Book Signing 4:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Litvak Gallery, booth 821

Peter Bremers: An Artist’s Journey by Joshua Rose, Charles Sheppard III

Artist Peter Bremers signs copies of this beautifully produced book with hundreds of full color images of the artist`s work and the development from Light Sculptures of the late 70`s; blown and cast objects, to his latest large scale glass sculptures, with an in-dept interview by Joshua Rose, editor of American Art Collector

4:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Litvak Gallery, booth 821
Live Woodturning 4:45 pm, 7-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration with Michael Hosaluk

Artist Michael Hosaluk takes a turn at the American Association of Woodturning Demonstration.  Hosaluk is represented at SOFA by Option Art, Montreal.   Special thanks to the Collectors of Wood Art for their support of this project.

4:45 pm, 7-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners
Booth Talk 5 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Anderson Ranch Arts Center Special Exhibit, booth SE005

Michael Sherrill: Man-Eating Plants

“My studio is situated in the mountains of western NC. I regularly walk through the woods and observe the changes in color, shape, and patterns of the plants.  My early work tended to be minimal, with a focus on only including what was essential.  I’m using this minimalist lens as I approach my current work.  It seems that the plants have consumed my “artist eye” and have become a metaphor for my human existence.  In them I see a daily effort put forth to survive, sometimes in harsh environments, until the realization of a mature plant bearing fruit or flower”. – Michael Sherrill

5 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Anderson Ranch Arts Center Special Exhibit, booth SE005
Booth Talk 5 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Creative Saskatchewan, booth 1001

Wild Thing: Prairie Concept, Prairie Environment

Saskatchewan, Canada has always been at the cutting edge of the Arts and Crafts movement. Curator Michael Hosaluk discusses how this inspirational place influences the material and content of the work presented at SOFA CHICAGO.

5 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Creative Saskatchewan, booth 1001
Booth Talk  5pm, 7-Nov-2014, Pistachios, booth 401

Paper, Fabric and Calligraphy

Artist Myung Urso will talk about using paper and fabric as medium in jewelry and the role of  painting or calligraphy in her work. 

5pm, 7-Nov-2014, Pistachios, booth 401
Glassblowing Demonstration 5 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow Demonstration with Eoin Breadon

Artist Eoin Breadon joins the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow team.  Eoin Breadon is represented by The K. Allen Gallery, booth 1000

5 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
VIP Conversation 5:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Kirra Galleries, booth 101

Evelyn Dunstan: A Small World That Sees No Boundaries

Cast-glass artist Evelyn Dunstan creates finely detailed, nature inspired vessels and sculptures that speak fluently of her love for the flaura and fauna of her native New Zealand. Discussing the conflict of the drive to create vs the physical challenge of creating and the benefits of working in isolation, Dunstan provides insights into the influences, technical challenges and determination required to produce her exquisite works.

5:30 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Kirra Galleries, booth 101
Booth Talk 6 pm, 7-Nov-2014, Anderson Ranch Arts Center Special Exhibit, booth SE005

Vivian Beer: Practical and Preposterous Making

Furniture is site specific to the body in a very intimate way as is our relationship to industrial processes/materials via a more complex system. Artist Vivian Beer will describe how she mixes these two culturally charged worlds to create one-of-a-kind furniture, specifically through the design and fabrication of work in the show.

6 pm, 7-Nov-2014, Anderson Ranch Arts Center Special Exhibit, booth SE005
Booth Talk 6 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

Howard Ben Tré

Howard Ben Tré is internationally recognized for his unique sculptures and large-scale works of art for public and private spaces. Howard’s breakthrough technical innovations have extended his mastery of cast glass and allowed him to create monumental sculptures that can survive the rigors of outdoor installation.

6 pm, 07-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Live Woodturning  6 pm, 07-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration with Andy Kuby

Chicago Wood Turner Andy Kuby wraps up Friday's woodturning demonstrations.  Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of woodturning demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014. 

6 pm, 07-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners
VIP Conversation 11 am, 08-Nov-2014, Conversation Space

Conceptualizing Glass Collections

Relative to much contemporary art, glass remains accessible and affordable. Several hightly-visible comprehensive collections gifted to museum seem to have set a norm for collection but there are shifts afoot in how collectors motivate and conceptualize their acquisitions. Beyond comprehensive and single-artist collecting, this panel will discuss various collecting strategies.  William V. Ganis, Arts writer and Professor of Art History, Indiana State University; Katya and Douglas Heller, owners, Heller Gallery, NYC; and Martin Lorch, Director, lorch + seidel contemporary.  This session is intended for both new and seasoned collectors.  Tour of SOFA CHICAGO with William V. Ganis to follow.


 

11 am, 08-Nov-2014, Conversation Space


Saturday, November 8


Booth Talk 11 am, 08-Nov-2014, Collectors of Wood Art Special Exhibit, booth SE009

From West to East and East to West - The Ongoing Exchange and Hybridization of a Design Vocabulary between Euro-America and Japan

Formerly an international opera singer, artist and writer Michael Scarborough grew up in rural Japan of the late 1950s.  Interspersing his own anecdotal accounts among Japanese and Euro-American primary sources, he will discuss the cultural exchanges that have led to hybrid design movements such as Japonisme and Japano-Deco.

11 am, 08-Nov-2014, Collectors of Wood Art Special Exhibit, booth SE009
Booth Talk 11 am, 8-Nov-2014, The K. Allen Gallery, booth 1000

Making a Mark on Clay

Artist Candone Wharton will discuss her use of pattern, hand-built coils and raku firing to construct her new intricate body of work.

11 am, 8-Nov-2014, The K. Allen Gallery, booth 1000
Booth Talk 11 am, 08-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220

Live Every Day Like It's Taco Tuesday

Artist Jason Chakravarty will discuss his unique works in glass sculpture. He will discuss the inspiration for his conceptual and thought-provoking work.

11 am, 08-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220
Glassblowing Demonstration 11 am, 08-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow Demonstration with Laura Donefer

Artist Laura Donefer joins the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow team.  Laura Donefer is represented by Duane Reed Gallery, booth 420.

11 am, 08-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
Booth Talk 11:30 am, 08-Nov-2014, The K. Allen Gallery, Booth 1000

Toward a Personal Aesthetic: The Development of the LISSIL Series

Artist Brian Usher will speak about the development of his cast glass body of work the ”LISSIL Series” which stands for lines in space-space in lines and his use of line to capture negative space.

11:30 am, 08-Nov-2014, The K. Allen Gallery, Booth 1000
Booth Talk 11:30 am, 08-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220

Nick Mount: The Fabric of Work

A leading figure in the Australian glass scene, Nick Mount was honored in 2012 as a living treasure. Nick will share his passion, inspiration and humor.

11:30 am, 08-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220
Booth Talk 12 pm, 08-Nov-2014, The K. Allen Gallery, booth 1000

Deanna Clayton: Evolution of Self

Artist Deanna Clayton will talk about the change in her art as a direct result of life experiences and how an artist uses their skills to assimilate those experiences into their evolution of self.


12 pm, 08-Nov-2014, The K. Allen Gallery, booth 1000
Booth Talk 12 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

John Miller

John Miller has been working in glass for nearly 30 years and focuses on blown sculpture. Miller is known for large glass-blown sculptural pieces. Some of his most popular pieces are large-scale recreations of fast food staples like cheeseburgers, French fries, and even icy cold beer. 

12 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Tour 12 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Meet at the VIP Conversation Space

Tour of SOFA CHICAGO led by Dr. William V. Ganis

Explore SOFA's diverse and rich examples of contemporary decorative arts and design with Dr. William V. Ganis, arts writer and Professor of Art History, Indiana State University.  William will highlight his picks of outstanding artworks at SOFA CHICAGO and will offer insight on getting the most out of the SOFA experience. 

12 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Meet at the VIP Conversation Space
Booth Talk 12:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

Christina Bothwell

What lies below the surface fascinates Christina Bothwell. She tries to capture the qualities of the “unseen” that express the sense of wonder that Christina feels in her daily existence. Bothwell thinks of her pieces as souls, each being pregnant with their own potential, giving birth to new, improved versions of themselves.

12:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Booth Talk 12:30 pm, 8-Nov-2014, Wexler Gallery, booth 107

Extracting the Narrative: A Conversation with William Warmus and Joanna Manousis

Join writer, curator, and art historian William Warmus as he talks with glass artist Joanna Manousis about her recent endeavor The Dominant Sophia. Joanna will discuss the motives that inspired this work composed of solid, clear crystal segments, and 24 karat gold mirror. Metaphor comes to life through the brilliant selection of material, creating an inviting dialogue between the object and its environment.

12:30 pm, 8-Nov-2014, Wexler Gallery, booth 107
Glassblowing Demonstration 12:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow Demonstration with Tim Shaw

Artist Tim Shaw joins the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow team.  Tim Shaw is represented by Kirra Galleries, booth 101

12:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
Booth Talk 1 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

Tim Tate

Tim Tate sees his sculptures as self-contained video installations. Blending a traditional craft with new media technology gives him the framework in which he fits his artistic narrative. Tate’s relics are temporal, sounds and moving images formally enshrined, encapsulating experiences like cultural specimens. 

1 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Booth Talk and Book Signing 1 pm, 8-Nov-2014, lorch + seidel contemporary, booth 423

Contrasts and Narratives in the Work of Wilken Skurk

German artist Wilken Skurk, in conversation with Martin Lorch, Managing Director, loch + seidel contemporary, discusses his provocative and distinctive sculptures that harness the tension between abstraction and representation. Catalog signing to follow. 

1 pm, 8-Nov-2014, lorch + seidel contemporary, booth 423
VIP Conversation 1 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Conversation Space

Inspirations and Fabrication: The Steel Furniture of Jim Rose

Artist Jim Rose will talk about his artistic journey and the use of steel to create fine-art studio furniture for over the past 20+ years. He will touch on his influences and inspirations.  He will discuss his use of materials and how these materials are used to express his vision.  He will also touch on some of his fabrication techniques.  This rare and intimate glimpse into Jim Rose’s process is not to be missed.  Jim Rose is represented at SOFA by Ann Nathan Gallery, booth 121

1 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Conversation Space
Live Woodturning  1 pm, 08-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration with Thomas Hopkins Gibson

Artist Thomas Hopkins Gibson takes a turn at the American Association of Woodturners demonstration.  Gibson is represented by Craft Scotland.  Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of AAW demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014.

1 pm, 08-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners
Booth Talk 1:30 pm, 8-Nov-2014, Hawk Galleries, booth 620

Cassandria Blackmore: My Story

Artist Cassandria Blackmore will describe both the inspiration behind as well as the techniques involved in her reverse paintings on glass.

1:30 pm, 8-Nov-2014, Hawk Galleries, booth 620
Booth Talk 1:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

Eric Hilton

Eric Hilton highlights the material’s purity in his mathematically precise glass sculptures. He is inspired by remote, hostile environments, and his work draws the viewer into a mysterious and seemingly infinite world of turbulent oceans, polar ice caps, and galaxies.

1:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Book Signing 1:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Mindy Solomon Gallery, booth 203

Kirk Mangus: Things Love

Following their lecture, curator Rose Bouthillier and artist Eva Kwong (wife of the late Kirk Mangus, and contributing author) sign copies of the monograph produced in association with Mangus’s survey exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary at Cleveland.

1:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Mindy Solomon Gallery, booth 203
VIP Conversation 2 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Conversation Space

Scott Chaseling: Transitioning Between Ideas

Glass artist, sculptor and installation artist Scott Chaseling will present a conversation on artistic practice. He will discuss his own efforts to constantly evolve as an artist by means of shifting between creative ideas and an aesthetically and visually differing practice over the course of a career which could be defined by 'signature' works.  Presented by Kirra Galleries, booth 101    

2 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Conversation Space
Booth Talk 2 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Traver Gallery, booth 521

Artist Talk and Exhibition Walk-Through

Join Traver Gallery artists Armelle Bouchet O’Neill and Ethan Stern for a private walk through of their exhibitions. This is a unique opportunity about what inspires these young artists, and the innovative sculpting and glass carving processes they each employ. 

2 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Traver Gallery, booth 521
Booth Talk 2 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

Michael Behrens

After graduating from the Academy of Visual Arts in Maastricht, The Netherlands, Michael Behrens started a remarkable career in glass art. His work can be seen in most major glass art galleries and collections in Europe and North America. His large scale kiln cast highly polished glass sculpture reflects his fascination with the undersea world.

2 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Glassblowing Demonstration 2 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow Demonstration with Noel Hart

Artist Noel Hart joins the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow team.  Noel Hart is represented by Tansey Contemporary, booth 502.

2 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
Live Woodturning  2:15 pm, 08-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration with Thomas Stegall

Chicago Wood Turner Thomas Stegall takes a turn at the American Association of Woodturners demonstration.   Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of AAW demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014.

2:15 pm, 08-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners
Booth Talk 2:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220

Stephanie Trenchard: Storytelling in Glass

Artist Stephanie Trenchard is inspired by history and literature which she shares with the viewer.  Her cast glass sculptures evoke emotional and intellectual responses.

2:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220
Booth Talk 2:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

Emily Brock

Emily Brock combines different techniques to create intricate narratives. She combines fusing, slumping, casting, and lampworking, and creates a rich glass vocabulary. “Trying to place oneself in a movement or group from one’s own perspective is a difficult task; I certainly waiver between Realism and the world of imagination.”

2:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Booth Talk 3 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220

Stacks and Sweet Spots

Artist Steven Ciezki will discuss his glass blowing skills and inspiration for his elegant forms.

3 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220
Booth Talk 3 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100

Latchezar Boyadjiev

Latchezar Boyjiev is inspired by dynamic shapes supported by sensual lines and then combined with light that have a powerful impact on the viewer. Latchezar wants his work to become a part of modern architecture and a contemporary environment, to reflect the era in which we live.

3 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Habatat Galleries, booth 1100
Booth Talk 3:30 pm, 8-Nov-2014, Ai Bo Gallery, booth 1005

How I Conceive, Make, and Light Glass Sculpture...Or, How I Turned the Gym into a Museum!

Well-known glass sculptor Marlene Rose illuminates her journey of creation and answers the oft-ignored questions of how to place and light cast glass sculpture. She describes specifically how she transformed Ringling College's Museum at Longboat Key into the perfect viewing environment.

3:30 pm, 8-Nov-2014, Ai Bo Gallery, booth 1005
Glassblowing Demonstration 3:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow Demonstration with Vidar Koksvic

Artist Vidar Koksvic joins the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow team.  Vidar Koksvic is represented by Galleri Format Oslo, booth 304

3:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
Live Woodturning 3:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration with Clint Stevens

Chicago Wood Turner Clint Stevens takes a turn at the American Association of Woodturners demonstration.  Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of AAW demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014.

3:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners
VIP Discussion 4 pm, 8-Nov-2014, SOFA Conversation Space

Old Roots, New Shoots

Some 400 years ago, Murano craftsmen were brought to Scotland to establish a glassmaking tradition. Since then, glass artists, both homegrown and from the international community, have made Scotland a place where exciting work blends ancient traditions with cutting edge technology and unique personal vision. Amanda Simmons, Choi Keeryong, and Jeff Zimmer, three glass artists from different backgrounds and cultural experiences, discuss what brought them to work in Scotland and how their work has developed.  All artists are represented by Craft Scotland, booth 723

4 pm, 8-Nov-2014, SOFA Conversation Space
Booth Talk 4:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Pistachios, booth 401

Tomoyo Hiraiwa: Multiple Personality

Jeweler Tomoyo Hiraiwa will discuss how her expression/responses evolve from medium to medium especially in silver, aluminum or paper.

4:30 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Pistachios, booth 401
Booth Talk 4:30 pm, 8-Nov-2014, The K. Allen Gallery, Booth 1000

Transformations of Memory and Form

Artist Darlys Ewoldt will discuss the inspirations and influences contributing to the development of her work in metal. The processes of hammering, fabrication, and patinating metals into richly colored vessels and wall sculptures will be described and detailed by the artist.

4:30 pm, 8-Nov-2014, The K. Allen Gallery, Booth 1000
Live Woodturning  4:45 pm, 08-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration with Binh Pho

Artist Binh Pho takes a turn at the American Association of Woodturners demonstration.  Pho is represented by Thomas R. Riley Galleries.  Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of AAW demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014.

4:45 pm, 08-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners
Reception 5 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Schantz Galleries, booth 607

Birthday Reception for Lino Tagliapietra

Maestro Lino Tagliapietra talks about the inspiration behind his newest installations.  Come share a glass of Prosecco, some delicious Italian cookies and wish Lino a Happy Birthday!

5 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Schantz Galleries, booth 607
Glassblowing Demonstration 5 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow Demonstration with Steve Ciezki and Jason Chakravarty

Artists Steve Ciezki and Jason Chakravarty join the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow team.  Both artists are represented by Thomas R. Riley Gallery, booth 1220.

5 pm, 08-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
Booth Talk 6 pm, 8-Nov-2014, Tom Ross Gallery, both 1302

Encaustic Paintings: Experimentation Leads to Mixed Media

Artist Bradley Wade goes through the process of working with wax and combining it with different medias, some that work and some that don’t.

6 pm, 8-Nov-2014, Tom Ross Gallery, both 1302
Booth Talk 6 pm, 8-Nov-2014, Anderson Ranch Arts Center Special Exhibit, booth SE005

Anderson Ranch: A Life’s Work

This talk will cover the last 30 years of the Ranch’s development and how Doug Casebeer's career has paralleled its growth. He will focus on the aspects of his relationships with over 400 visiting faculty and their influence on his teaching and teach practice.



6 pm, 8-Nov-2014, Anderson Ranch Arts Center Special Exhibit, booth SE005
Live Woodturning  6 pm, 08-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration with Jason Swanson

Chicago Wood Turner Jason Swanson takes a turn at the American Association of Woodturners demonstration.  Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of AAW demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014.

6 pm, 08-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners


Sunday, November 9


VIP Conversation 12:30 pm, 9-Nov-2014, Conversation Space

Ben Young: From Inspiration to Fruition

Glass artist Ben Young discusses the life experiences which have influenced his work – pieces created from layers of sheet glass to resemble cross-sections of moving water. Ranging from his upbringing in a small beach town on the coast of New Zealand, which inspired his love of the ocean, to his training as a boat builder which has informed his technical practice.  A clip from the documentary film "My Name is Ben Young" will also be shown.

12:30 pm, 9-Nov-2014, Conversation Space
Glassblowing Demonstration 12:30 pm, 09-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow Demonstration with Tim Lotton

Artist Tim Lotton joins the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow team.  Tim Lotton is represented by The K. Allen Gallery, booth 1000.

12:30 pm, 09-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
Live Woodturning 1 pm, 9-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration with Curt Theobald

Artist Curt Thebold takes a turn at the American Association of Woodturners demonstration.  Theobald is represented by Thomas R. Riley Galleries.  Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of AAW demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014.

1 pm, 9-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners
Tour 2 pm, 09-Nov-2014, Meet at the Chicago Gallery News Desk

Tour of SOFA CHICAGO led by Ginny B. Van Alyea

Explore SOFA's diverse and rich examples of contemporary decorative arts and design with Ginny B. Van Alyea, owner and publisher of Chicago Gallery News.  Ginny will highlight her picks of outstanding artworks at SOFA CHICAGO and will offer insight on getting the most out of the SOFA experience. 

2 pm, 09-Nov-2014, Meet at the Chicago Gallery News Desk
Glassblowing Demonstration 2 pm, 09-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow Demonstration with Robert Wynne

Artist Robert Wynne joins the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow team.  Robert Wynne is represented by Kirra Galleries, booth 101

2 pm, 09-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
Live Woodturning 2:15 pm, 09-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration with Clint Stevens

Chicago Wood Turner Clint Stevens takes a turn at the American Association of Woodturners demonstration.  Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of AAW demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014.

2:15 pm, 09-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners
Glassblowing Demonstration 3:30 pm, 09-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow Demonstration with Eunsuh Choi

Artist Eunsuh Choi joins the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow team.  Eunsuh Choi is represented by Tansey Contemporary, booth 502

3:30 pm, 09-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
Live Woodturning 3:30 pm, 09-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodtuners

Woodturning Demonstration with Andy Kuby

Chicago Wood Turner Andy Kuby takes a turn at the American Association of Woodturners demonstration.  Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of AAW demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014.

3:30 pm, 09-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodtuners
Glassblowing Demonstration 4:30 pm, 9-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow

CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow Team: Glassblowing Demonstration

A member of the CMOG Hot Glass Roadshow team closes out SOFA CHICAGO 2014 with the last glassblowing demonstration of the weekend!

4:30 pm, 9-Nov-2014, Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow
Live Woodturning 4:45 pm, 9-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners

Woodturning Demonstration

Chicago Wood Turner Al Miotke takes a turn at the American Association of Woodturners demonstration.  Special thanks to Collectors of Wood Art for their support of AAW demonstrations at SOFA CHICAGO 2014.

4:45 pm, 9-Nov-2014, American Association of Woodturners


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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 2015 at Navy Pier's Festival Hall (600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60611) Nov. 6 - 8, with the Opening Night Preview Thursday, Nov. 5.

Day Date Hours Purchase Tickets
Thursday Nov. 5 7 pm to 9 pm Tickets ($50)
Friday Nov. 6 11 am to 7 pm Tickets ($20)
Saturday Nov. 7 11 am to 7 pm Tickets ($20)
Sunday Nov. 8 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. 5, 7 to 9 p.m. Preview tickets are $50.