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“In the end it does not matter whether it is called art or craft; presence is what counts, and it can be found in almost every booth.” “SOFA’s high-end, cutting-edge mix clearly has global appeal.” “(SOFA) is increasingly taking on the mantle of fine arts.” Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

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“In the end it does not matter whether it is called art or craft; presence is what counts, and it can be found in almost every booth.”

“SOFA’s high-end, cutting-edge mix clearly has global appeal.”

“(SOFA) is increasingly taking on the mantle of fine arts.”

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Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

58 Exhibitors

14,000 visitors

1994

Festival Hall, Navy PierChicago

100 Exhibitors

34,000 visitors

Estimated total sales $25-30,000,000.00

2845 persons attended 29 Lecture Series presentations

2007

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The 7th Regiment Armory, Park Avenue, New York

52 Exhibitors

8,000 visitors

1998

The Park Avenue Armory, Park Avenue, New York

67 Exhibitors

16,400 visitors

Estimated total sales $10-15,000,000

450 persons attended 6 Lecture Series presentations

2008

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Materiality

  • Virtuosity
  • New expressions in traditional and contemporary media

Wendell CastleBarry Friedman Ltd.

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Adrian Sassoon speaking with collectors in his booth at SOFA NEW YORK 2007

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Collector in the browngrotta arts booth during the Opening Night Gala at SOFA NEW YORK 2008

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Furniture designer Wendell Castle in Barry Friedman, Ltd. booth at SOFA NEW YORK 2007

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A VIP Tour of SOFA NEW YORK 2008 led by David Revere McFadden, chief-curator, Museum of Arts & Design

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Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

Art Jewelry Forum

UBS Financial Service

Racine Art Museum

Collectors of Wood Art

Friends of Contemporary Ceramics

Friends of Contemporary Ceramics

Friends of Fiber Art International

James Renwick Alliance

Japan Society

Museum of Arts & Design

Museum of Arts & Design

Association of Israel's Decorative Arts

Asia Society

China Institute

Bard Graduate Center

Mint Museum of Craft + Design Founder's Circle

Northwestern Memorial Foundation

American Airlines

Alzheimers Association

Chicago Art Dealers Association

Fuller Craft Museum

Lillstreet Art Center

Pilchuck Glass School

Polk Museum

Chubb Personal Insurance

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art

Auditorium Theatre

Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago History Museum

Mary & Leigh Block Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art

Smart Museum of Art

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

Related Midwest

JPMorgan

NEW GROUPS in 2008

The Field Museum

Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

John Michael Kohler Art Center

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Milwaukee Art Museum

Kansas City Art Institute

Bergstrom-Mahler

Cleveland Institute of Art

Toledo Museum of Art

Bank of America

Harris Bank

Metropolitan Home

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With 2,600 packing the Opening Night party on May 28, Park Avenue Armory officials reported the crowds were the largest ever for any art fair on their historic premise.

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Michael JarviCrab Tree Farm

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A record 2845 persons attended 29 Lecture Series presentations during SOFA CHICAGO 2007.

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An exclusive array of VIP events and presentations

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Millennium Park, Chicago Chairman and former Sara Lee Corporation Chairman and CEO, John H. Bryan with furniture designer John Makepeace in the Crab Tree Farm special exhibit at SOFA CHICAGO 2007

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Offering Reconciliation: The Power of Art Special Exhibit at SOFA CHICAGO 2007

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The Presence of Absence: Exploring the Void in Contemporary Wood SculptureSpecial Exhibit at SOFA CHICAGO 2006. Presented by the Collectors of Wood Art

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Museum of Arts & Design Special Exhibit: 50 Years on 53rd Street - The Intersection of Art, Craft & Design

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“In the end it does not matter whether it is called art or craft; presence is what counts, and it can be found in almost every booth.”

—New York Times

“Among the famous collectors: Eric Clapton, Michael Palin and Elle Macpherson…When you’re ready to dive right in, the sculpture objects and functional art expo (SOFA) is held annually in Chicago and New York.”

—Newsweek

“With dealers and galleries from across the globe, (SOFA) promises to satisfy even the most insatiable appetite for buying contemporary decorative art and design, with everything from Japanese ceramics to Venetian glass on sale.”

—Wallpaper

“ (SOFA) is the place to be for collectors, connoisseurs and all who are interested in cutting edge museum quality masterworks that seamlessly fuse art and craft. ”

—Luxury Living

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More than200,000Absolute Unique visitors this year

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