2019 lectures & events

Access to the SOFA CHICAGO Lecture Series is included with fair admission. This year’s Lecture Series will be located on the show floor, in aisle B. The lectures will not be held in the upper level meeting rooms as in years past.

 

FRIDAY, November 1

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Mosaic Demo
Hourly | Society of American Mosaic Artists

Continuous mosaic demonstrations throughout the day.


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Glass Demo
Daily Schedule | Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Road Show

Friday Demo Schedule:


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Woodturning Demo
Daily Schedule | Chicago Wood Turners

Friday Demo Schedule:


Aric Verrastro

Aric Verrastro

SNAG Emerging Artists 2019
9:00 - 10:00 am

Three exceptional emerging jewelers, Jessica Anderson, Zachery Lechtenberg, and Aric Verrastro will discuss the evolution and development of their innovative work. 

Lechtenberg and Verrastro are showing with Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h and Anderson with Charon Kransen Arts. Sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths.



Märta Mattsson

Märta Mattsson

My Inner Narnia
10:00 - 11:00 am

Swedish jewelry artist Märta Mattsson works in the borders between attraction and repulsion, transforming real insects and other materials from nature such as dried flowers, taxidermy, semiprecious stones and parchment, into objects of astonishment. She explores the power of her jewelry to conquer fears and phobias and to turn a dislike into something you might even dare to wear. Mattsson has exhibited her jewelry internationally since 2006 in over 20 solo exhibitions as well as many group exhibitions. She has given workshops and lectures in China, Belgium, Mexico, Thailand, USA, Sweden and Latvia and she is currently a part time lecturer at HDK – Academy of Design and Crafts in the department for jewelry art.

Marta is represented at SOFA by Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h. Sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths.


Komilia Okim

Komilia Okim

Artist Talk With Metalsmith Komilia Okim
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Metalsmith Komilia Okim will discuss the development of her masterful hollowware, jewelry and sculptures as well as the new book she has written, Korean Metal Art: Techniques, Inspirations and Traditions, from Schiffer Publishing, that is the product of a Fulbright Grant and four years of research. Komilia Okim is a Professor Emerita at Montgomery College, where she taught for more than 40 years. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Racine Art Museum and many others. She is the recipient of three Fulbright Grants.

Okim is represented at SOFA by Tong-in Gallery. Sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths.



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Female Design Council Panel Discussion
12:00 - 1:00 pm 

Description TBD


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KessArt Lecture
1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Description TBD


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New Glass Now + Next
2:00 - 3:00 pm

William Gibson once said, “the future is already here, it just is not evenly distributed.” What can we learn about the future of contemporary glass from the present? The exhibition New Glass Now at The Corning Museum of Glass is the most comprehensive exhibition of international contemporary glass in 40 years. What do these 100 artworks tell us about the concerns and interests of contemporary glass makers? What will the future(s) be? Join curator Susie J. Silbert for a lively investigation of the themes and works in New Glass Now. 

Sponsored by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass.


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The Documenta Project Presents: EXPOSED!
3:00 - 4:00 pm

As the Documenta Project celebrates 3 years of photographing the community of the global Studio Glass Movement, it has become an important historical archive of portraits documenting artists, collectors, gallery owners and curators. Come see the "out takes" and behind the scenes action of the Photo Shoots that help make the portraits so engaging, and enjoy an informal visual historical narrative. After all, LAUGHING MATTERS!


Réka Lőrincz

Réka Lőrincz

DIY ( do-it-yourself ) HAPPINESS
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Réka Lőrincz likes being ambiguous: she prefers making objects rather than giving talks about them. Today will be an exception. Let it be flea market finds or gemstones, she transforms unusual materials into one of a kind art pieces. In her art, she does not mind making fun of society or even herself, meanwhile reflecting on nowadays most important issues and dilemmas such as the role of women, or the value of things. The main sources of inspiration are her grandpa who actually hates contemporary art, dark humor, and the combination of these two things.

Réka Lőrincz is represented at SOFA by Charon Kransen Arts.


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B Roll - Corning
5:00 - 6:00 pm

Description TBD


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Art History Babes Live Podcast
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Description TBD


SATURDAY, November 2

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Mosaic Demo
Hourly | Society of American Mosaic Artists

Continuous mosaic demonstrations throughout the day


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Glass Demo
Daily Schedule | Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Road Show

Saturday Demo Schedule:


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Woodturning Demo
Daily Schedule | Chicago Wood Turners

Saturday Demo Schedule


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The Nandibull Lecture
10:00 - 11:00 am

Description TBD


David Gamble

David Gamble

Andy Warhol’s House
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Carefully composed and impeccably executed, David Gamble’s images provide a rare opportunity to piece together fragments of Warhol’s notoriously reserved persona. From the more intimate objects like his watch and wig, and the best-kept secrets neatly lined up in his bathroom cabinet, to the boldly colored Fiesta dishware, Gamble’s outstanding photographs capture Warhol’s personality as seen through the everyday objects that so profoundly inspired his work.

David Gamble is represented at SOFA by Hilton | Asmus Contemporary.


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OCEAN
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Artist and global advocate Arica Hilton will discuss her experience as the artist on board a scientific expedition sponsored by Ocean Geographic Magazine to the Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Elysium – Artists for the Coral Triangle Expedition engaged artists, National Geographic photographers, scientists, musicians and writers to document threats to the extraordinary biodiversity of the Coral Triangle. Hilton will show a short film from the expedition and discuss unsustainable fishing practices and the overwhelming issues of plastic pollution. In her most recent work, Hilton infuses ground plastic bottles into her paintings to highlight the insidious assimilation of microplastics into food as the particles travel up the food chain from the oceans.

Arica Hilton is represented at SOFA by Arica Hilton International.


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Butter Extravaganza
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Butter Extravaganza is an in depth, yet light-hearted presentation about butter history and its related dining paraphernalia. After all, can we ever have too much butter in our lives? The International Museum of Dinnerware Design (IMoDD) presented an invitational, juried, and historical exhibition titled "Butter" in 2019, so be prepared to explore contemporary artists' butter dishes and butter-related sculpture, as well as manufactured butter dishes from the Mid-Century. And don't be surprised if you seen a butter sculpture from a state fair, hear a song about butter, and witness a record breaking event.

Lecture hosted by Director and Curator, Dr. Margaret Carney with The International Museum of Dinnerware Design


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Gems and Minerals in Interiors - A Brief History and Thoughts Toward the Future
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Studio Greytak takes you on a journey through the use of gems and minerals in interiors from ancient totems to modern object d'art.  How have their uses changed? How have they endured? The timeless beauty of the mineral world meets the creative minds of humanity. The result has been magical throughout the ages and continues to charm its way into collector's interiors and hearts.

Lecture Hosted by Renee Brown, Studio Greytak Lead Designer


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Collaborative Practice on Two Continents
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Over a decade ago two artists from opposite sides of the earth discovered they shared influences and art practices that experimented in combining ceramics, mosaics and drawing. Australian artist Pamela Irving and American artist Karen Ami have travelled parallel paths in their exploration of mosaics within a contemporary context. They met at an international symposium on contemporary mosaics and immediately connected with each others’ work. At that time, Pamela Irving was the chair of the Australian Mosaic Arts organization and Karen Ami was the president of the Mosaic Arts organization. Both were leaders in a growing movement to move practice

They visited each others studios over the years and found common ground in their use of materials and subject matter, they were enthusiastic to work together on ideas and projects focusing on specific ritualistic objects that had influenced their work. Using the internet to collaborate on their work, their process of creating ideas from each others drawings and objects of influence (ie: african fetish masks, meso-american fertility figures) lead to mosaic sculptures and drawings of different styles but a shared aesthetic. These artists will discuss how their unique approach to interpretation and reinvention has culminated in two exhibitions as collaboration this far, in addition to other works created in their individual practices.

Lecture hosted by The Gallery for Contemporary Mosaics.


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R & Company Lecture
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Description TBD


Margie Criner

Margie Criner

Sculpture in Sculpture
5:00 - 6:00 pm

Margie Criner is a Chicago artist hiding miniature narrative sculpture inside abstract sculpture. Criner discusses her intention to engage the curiosity in all of us, to celebrate what we have in common, to remind us that we are all in this together, and if you look further during those everyday moments in life, you may find something that surprises you.

Margie Criner is represented at SOFA by The Red Arrow Gallery.


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Art History Babes Live Podcast
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Description TBD


SUNDAY, November 3

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Mosaic Demo
Hourly | Society of American Mosaic Artists

Continuous mosaic demonstrations throughout the day.


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Glass Demo
Daily Schedule | Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Road Show

Sunday Demo Schedule:


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Woodturning Demo
Daily Schedule | Chicago Wood Turners

Sunday Demo Schedule:


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Inspired Interiors
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Description TBD


LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize

CONNECT Panel Discussion
1:00 - 2:00 pm

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Art History Babes Live Podcast
2:00 - 3:00 pm

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