EDITION Chicago 2013
Location and Hours
Chicago Artists Coalition
217 N. Carpenter Street Chicago, IL 60607
September 20-22, 2013
Friday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
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limited edition print by Cody Hudson commemorating the inaugural EDITION Chicago art fair. Available for purchase at the fair only.
18 x 18"
silkscreen print, 2013
edition of 100.
14 Invited Galleries to Exhibit at Chicago Artists Coalition in Conjunction with EXPO CHICAGO, September 20-22
Chicago--The inaugural EDITION Chicago welcomed over 600 visitors September 20-22, at Chicago Artists Coalition’s (CAC) West Loop gallery space. Coinciding with the second annual EXPO CHICAGO at Navy Pier, the first EDITION Chicago was poised as a unique complement to the citywide efforts of establishing Chicago as a premier destination for contemporary art, while offering new collectors an accessible entry point into the art market. Under the leadership of Andrew Rafacz, principal of Chicago’s Andrew Rafacz Gallery, and Carolina O. Jayaram, Executive Director of the Chicago Artists Coalition, a 39-year old nonprofit that uses a multi-tiered approach to helping local artists and collectors, EDITION Chicago debuted with strong sales and an eclectic exhibition of contemporary art in all media during the three-day show.
“CAC aims to create a sustainable marketplace for Chicago’s art community, and in founding EDITION Chicago, we are proud to have extended this reach with the new fair, sharing art from many venues in Chicago and beyond in this unique space,” said Executive Director of CAC Carolina O. Jayaram. “We are thrilled with the success of the first year and are looking forward to the next iteration of EDITION Chicago in 2014.”
Galleries and organizations representing emerging artists from around the country exhibiting at EDITION CHICAGO included Los Angeles’ Carter + Citizen and Walter Maciel Gallery, Boston’s LaMontagne Gallery, Toronto’s MKG127, Bloomington, Illinois’ Manneken Press and Chicago’s Abryant Gallery, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago Artists Coalition, CourtneyBlades, DOCUMENT, THE MISSION, Museum of Contemporary Photography and Public Works.
“EDITION Chicago was a wonderful forum to sell MoCP editioned prints, and we made a number of sales to collectors looking for high quality affordable artwork,” said Natasha Egan, MoCP Executive Director. “We attracted considerable interest in our Fine Print Program, which offers limited edition artworks by some of the most innovative photographers working today. At EDITION, we sold works by Eric Fleischauer, Josef Schulz, Eirik Johnson, Ron Jude, John Opera, Helen Sear and Barbara Probst, with all sales directly supporting the artistic and education programs of the museum.”
Visitors to EDITION Chicago included fashion designer Maria Pinto, photographer Susan Aurinko and Commissioner of the City of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Michelle Boone, who purchased a special silkscreen print, “Free Time,” created for EDITION Chicago’s inaugural year by local artist Cody Hudson.
The fair opened with a VIP Champagne Breakfast on Sept. 20 where visitors previewed the fair with champagne from Ruinart and pastries by local tastemakers Land and Sea Dept. “Pre-Shrunk,” a hot pink yarn sculpture by Sam Jaffe (Abryant Gallery), was activated by a performance during the morning celebration, further enlivening CAC’s gallery space where artists, collectors and civic leaders gathered to view works by Noelle Allen, Dave Dyment, Alistair Matthew, Edra Soto and Penelope Umbrico, to name a few.
“EDITION Chicago is truly a well-conceived opportunity to introduce comfortably priced work from both known and lesser known galleries and nonprofits, as well as the artists they work with,” said avid Chicago collector Scott Hunter. “The setting was intimate, allowing for conversations between artists, dealers and collectors. It’s a real addition to the Chicago art scene.”
About EDITION Chicago
EDITION Chicago showcases cutting edge galleries and non-profit institutions from around the world in an intimate, invitation-only art fair context. Located in Chicago's West Loop, already home to many exciting contemporary spaces, EDITION Chicago presents both emerging and established artists with an emphasis on affordable works that will offer collectors a unique entry point into the art market.
EDITION Chicago took place at Chicago Artists Coalition's West Loop gallery located at 217 N. Carpenter Street, September 20-22. Admission to the fair was free with a suggested $10 donation.
About Chicago Artists Coalition
The mission of the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) is 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. For more on CAC, visit chicagoartistscoalition.org.