Thursday November 2, 2017 | by Angela Laurito

OPENING: Tonight, SOFA Chicago kicks off a weekend of art from craft materials, with many events and exhibitors featuring glass

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The annual Sculptural Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair kicks off in Chicago’s Navy Pier tonight, November 2, 2017, with an invite-only two-hour preview from 5 - 7 PM, during which some of the best works will be snapped up. At 7 PM, the doors open to the general public, who will have been lining up to take part in the festivities surrounding the largest art fair dedicated to work in craft materials. Glass will figure prominently in this year's fair, with exhibitors from around the world displaying glass sculptural works, and events providing new insights into the field of collecting and curating. The Corning Museum of Glass Road Show will once again be in attendance, and the steady program of live glass demonstrations featuring prominent artists in the field is sure to keep the attention on the material throughout the three-day affair that ends Sunday at 6 PM.

This year’s glass exhibitors include:

Bender Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina

Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, Missouri

Galleri Gronlund, Hundested, Denmark

Gallery Sklo, Seoul, Korea

Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, Michigan

Heller Gallery, New York

Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Traver Gallery, Seattle

The booth events are as follows:

Michael Schunke: The Glass Goblet, Refined

Friday, November 3 | 11 - 12 pm

Rebecca Myers Collection, Booth #320

Particulate to Solid: Kiln-formed Glass

Friday, November 3 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Winterowd Fine Art, Booth #1000  

Book Signing | Inhalation in Time, A Life of Exhalation

Friday, November 3 | 4 - 5 pm

Gallery Sklo, Booth #820  

Meet the Maestro: Lino Tagliapietra

Saturday, November 4 | 5 - 6 pm

Schantz Galleries, Booth #620  

Here are the special exhibits. 


Presented by Pittsburgh Glass Center, booth # SE102

THE DOCUMENTA PROJECT: Building an Archival Collection of the Contemporary Glass Movement

Presented by Mary Van Cline, booth # SE1625

Fostering Dialogue and Collaboration

Presented by Ball State University, booth # SE1603

Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Road Show

Friday - Sunday | 11 - 5 pm | Hot Glass Demo

For more details about SOFA programming:

Glass: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for more than 40 years.