Chicago—Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) welcomed more than 600 visitors to the second annual EDITION Chicago art fair, September 19–21, at CAC’s West Loop gallery space (217 N. Carpenter Street.) Coinciding with EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art at Navy Pier, (Sept. 18 – 21), EDITION Chicago returned to emphasized high-quality, moderately priced works in support of emerging artists and collectors, building on CAC’s mission to create a sustainable marketplace. Dealers reported strong sales of artwork in all media throughout the weekend.
Galleries and organizations that exhibited at EDITION Chicago included local, national and international venues Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago), Gallery 19 (Chicago), Steven Harvey (New York City), HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY (Chicago), LVL3 (Chicago), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Ochi Shop (Ketchum, Idaho), David Peterson Gallery (Minneapolis), The Pitch Project (Milwaukee), Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago), Segura Arts Studio (South Bend, IN),THE MISSION (Chicago), Vertical Gallery (Chicago) and Yaupetec (Mexico City).
“One of the many things that drew me to CAC was its core mission to build a sustainable marketplace for entrepreneurial artists and creatives,” said newly appointed Executive Director Caroline Older. “With the second year of EDITION Chicago, I see that mission continuing to make an impact on not only artists and collectors but on the larger arts community in Chicago. By introducing both emerging and established artists we are able to create a dynamic showcase of extraordinary and diverse talent allowing our artists a unique platform and exposure.”
Former CAC BOLT Residents Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap were invited to create a special series of sculptures available exclusively at EDITION Chicago, in advance of their upcoming show “BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Sarah and Joseph Belknap,” opening Oct. 11 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA). The Belknaps’ edition of 25 archival silicone wall sculptures titled “Fossil Fields,” sold out in the first hour of the VIP Champagne Breakfast preview on Friday, Sept. 19, where guests took in an early viewing of EDITION Chicago while sipping on fresh squeezed mimosas from juice apothecary Owen + Alchemy.
"In the vastness of a complex art world, CAC and their amazing staff creatively serve to connect and establish relationships between artists, curators and collectors," the Belknaps remarked.
Visitors to EDITION Chicago included Vice President of Cultural Tourism and Neighborhoods for Choose Chicago Melissa Cherry, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Curator Nathan Mason, former DCASE Deputy Commissioner Janet Carl Smith, photographer Susan Aurinko, Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography Natasha Egan, President and Senior Program Officer of the Joyce Foundation Ellen Alberding and Angelique Power, Program Officer of MacArthur Foundation Cate A. Fox, Mana Contemporary Principal Micha Lang, Bert Green Fine Art Founder Bert Green, Co-founder of Aspect/Ratio Gallery Jefferson Goddard and Rebuild Foundation Director Jeffreen Hayes.
“In addition to exhibiting at EXPO CHICAGO for the third year, we returned to EDITION Chicago to show work from THE MISSION’s program of emerging artists,” said Sebastian Campos, Principal at THE MISSION. “We saw many familiar faces, and also met new collectors who are just starting out. We look forward to supporting this young, approachable fair again. It is a great addition to Chicago."
EDITION Chicago 2014 was presented by Chartwell Insurance and Chubb Personal Insurance, and sponsored by the Conservation Center, Design Bureau and Intelligentsia.
The third annual EDITION Chicago will take place Sept. 18 – 20, 2015.
About Chicago Artists Coalition
Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) strives to build a sustainable marketplace for entrepreneurial artists and creatives. As pioneers in advocacy and professional development, CAC capitalizes on the intersection of art and enterprise by activating collaborative partnerships and developing innovative resources. CAC is committed to cultivating groundbreaking exhibitions and educational opportunities, and to building a diverse community of artistic leaders, that defines the place of art and artists in our culture and economy. www.chicagoartistscoalition.org