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SOFA CHICAGO 2013 Special Exhibits

Taking Shape

Erin Rose Gardner Engagement Ring Brooch, 2010 and Nate Moren Topographic Rocker, 2012

A new generation of makers is taking shape. Since 2006, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design has annually awarded a total of $150,000 to ten undergraduate seniors working in craft. The Windgate Fellowship provides essential resources and experiences to the next generation of makers at an influential stage in their careers. To this day, the Fellowship remains the largest source of funding for emerging American craft practitioners.

This special exhibit is the first group display of Windgate Fellows’ work, spanning a range of approaches, media, and processes. Taking Shape features a selection of recent objects completed by Fellows awarded years 2006-2010, revealing a cross-section of up-and-coming perspectives on craft. Not only is the next generation of makers taking shape, they are shaping the future of craft.  

Participating artists include: Tom Alward, Josh Copus, Andrea Donnelly, Dustin Farnsworth, Jenny Fine, Erin Rose Gardner, Kathleen Janvier, JooHyun Lee, Aaron McIntosh, Nate Moren, Alexis Myre, Elizabeth Staiger, Amelia Toelke, and Thoryn Ziemba.

Exhibition juried and curated by Cindi Strauss, Assistant Director of Programming and Curator for Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Presented by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

The Futures: Celebrating Craftsmanship, Creativity, Commitment

Dan Molyneux Lost Wagers, 2012 ceramic

For the past twenty-five years Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts has inspired ceramic artists to engage in a unique residency program where students, hobbyists, and professionals of all levels work together as peers in an inspiring environment. Having just celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary this past summer, Watershed honored its rich heritage by hosting the Legends of the field next to a talented group of up and coming ceramists. What transpired in that celebration prompted curator, Seth Rainville, and co-curators Bonnie Seeman, and Hope Rovelto to create The Futures concept.

The next twenty-five years of Watershed will be molded by those who have engaged the Center in a variety of ways… some have been cooks or summer staff, others have been residents, board members, or have participated in one of Watersheds’ many events or exhibitions. In one-way or another, their experience at Watershed has helped to mold their career in a unique way. The artists selected for this exhibition have claimed their spot as leaders in the future of the organization and of the broader world of Ceramic Art. The Futures features artists from across the nation, and at varying stages of their career – whether they create functional pottery, conceptual vessels, or sculpture, each is recognized for their skill in clay.

Participating artists include:  Sam Chung, Molly Hatch, Bryan Hopkins, Dan Molyneux, Jill Oberman, Stephanie Rozene, Shawn Spangler, and Arnie Zimmerman

Exhibition curated by Seth Rainville, a Ceramic Artist and Curator for the New Bedford Art Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts

Artists represented at SOFA CHICAGO by Sherrie Gallerie, Columbus, OH

Presented by the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts


Joshua Salesin Currents (one of three) African Blackwood 4 x 4"

Each year the American Association of Woodturners’ annual symposium explores and celebrates the current state of contemporary wood art with a themed exhibition to encourage and challenge their members to continually strive for originality and excellence.   The works selected clearly demonstrate that woodturning is continuing to excel in both of these areas.

Currents, the theme for 2013, offers a myriad of definitions, ranging from the familiar to the profound.   Artists submitted impressive works that explore the theme in an expansive manner – relation to time, progress, circulation, rate of flow and movement, and associations with events, electricity and the elements were all considered. Selecting from these, as well as inviting a number of leading artists to create specific pieces for the SOFA CHICAGO presentation, the special exhibition reveals the sensational and wide-ranging oeuvres being created by contemporary wood turners.  

Exhibition curated by Kevin Wallace, Director of the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai, California and prepared by Tib Shaw, Registrar, American Association of Woodturners. 

Presented by American Association of Woodturners

Sum of the Parts

Launching at SOFA CHICAGO, Intuit presents Sum of the Parts – a collage and drawing journey with chance encounters and surprising juxtapositions.  Utilizing the new application on their own smart devices, players join an interactive “exquisite corpse” game to explore their intuitive creativity as well as collaborate and connect with others at the fair. Using the works presented as inspiration, individual panels are completed and then blindly passed to other players to stitch together an exquisite corpse that will be projected to create the exhibit.   Art-making on a global scale, Sum of the Parts highlights the immediacy, accessibility and ability of social media to connect us in creative endeavors while embracing the inclusive possibilities of art that Intuit actively promotes.   

Founded in 1991, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is the only nonprofit organization in the United States that is solely dedicated to presenting intuitive and outsider art and creating a supportive community of learners in the field and its related subjects, ranging from social, cultural, historical, and philosophical inquiries.

Presented by Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Whetting your Appetite

detail, Roy Lichtenstein

To some people, the term dinnerware conjures up images of grandma’s old dishes with metal knife marks on the dinner plates.  This special exhibition, The Dinnerware Museum: Whetting your Appetite, reveals a refreshing approach by featuring masterpieces of the tabletop genre created by contemporary artists, as well as notable historic dinnerware by the leading designers for industry, juxtaposed with an uncommon focus on fine art that references dining.

The celebration begins with wire scribble sculpture by Portuguese artist David Oliveira, a Roy Lichtenstein Pop-art cup and saucer, a Knife Fork Spoon ceramic sculpture set by the late William Parry, and continues with Paul Kotula’s sublime Setting for One, Kate Maury’s monumental Epergne, 2012, Lisbon-born artist Joana Carvalho’s prototype plastic Kit Café, Léopold Foulem’s Blue Willow Teapot in Mounts, and countless more surprises.   The only museum in the world devoted exclusively to dinnerware, the Ann Arbor-based Dinnerware Museum brings enough dinnerware to SOFA CHICAGO to whet your appetite.

Exhibition curated by Dr. Margaret Carney, founding director and curator of The Dinnerware Museum, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Presented by The Dinnerware Museum

CASE (Community Art Social Enterprise)

Side Chair Chairagami

CASE is a showcase of the country’s most dynamic programs, artists, community activists, social entrepreneurs, designers and thinkers whose work tackles existing social problems – either through entrepreneurial concepts/ventures or through artwork that seeks to both highlight and improve problems in our human and environmental conditions.

Selected artworks from the following will be included: Workshops of Everything / Museum of Everything, London; Northeast Folk, Connecticut; Flying Shuttles, Rhode Island; Gateway Arts, Massachusetts; Envision, Chicago; Grow Arts, Chicago; Ruben Marroquin, New York; Richard Killeaney, Connecticut; Linda St. John, New York; LAND, Brooklyn; Uarts, Connecticut

Presented by and curated by Margaret Bodell, co-owner of Umbrella Arts, New York and Caroline Kerrigan Lerch, co-founder, the Outsider Art Fair

Booth Talk
4 Dimensions
4 pm, 01-Nov-2013
Litvak Gallery, booth 821

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Urban Expositions presents the 20th annual SOFA CHICAGO, the world’s foremost fair devoted to Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design, at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall from Friday, November 1- Sunday, November 3.    Download 

About Urban Expositions

Led by business partners Doug Miller and Tim von Gal, Urban Expositions currently owns, manages and produces 21 successful shows throughout the United States. Urban Expositions services include a complete roster of management services encompassing exhibit sales and marketing, operations, exhibitor/attendee promotions, media relations, seminar and event coordination, database development and management.

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 ($15)
Saturday Nov. 8 11 am to 7 pm Tickets ($15)
Sunday Nov. 9 Noon to 6 pm Tickets ($15)

One general admission ticket of $15 admits visitors to the fair, related lecture series, special exhibits and events. $25 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.