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Tony Karman: EXPO CHICAGO Returns Sept. 17-20

EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier. Now entering its fourth edition in 2015, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from over 3,000 artists, represented by 140 leading galleries from 16 countries and 47 cities from around the world.  

As we open the 2015 art season, it is important to reflect on how far we have come in establishing this annual September tradition. Chicago’s civic pride, paired closely with its value of the arts, has proven to be a definitive catalyst for making EXPO CHICAGO and its aligned programming so successful. The response from our city this year, as always, is so encouraging. In four years, EXPO CHICAGO has become more than an art fair — it’s now a movement to showcase the artistic vitality of the broad-shouldered city.

In addition to the galleries on view, EXPO CHICAGO’s dynamic on-site programming returns, including /Dialogues panel discussions, presented in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Special Exhibitions, showcasing select international organizations, non-profits and institutions; EXPO VIDEO, a curated selection of new media, film and video works presented in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago; as well as IN/SITU, IN/SITU Outside, and EXPO Projects, a curated selection of site-specific projects presented both on the main floor of the exposition, and throughout the city of Chicago.

In addition to the main exposition, Chicago's most prestigious museums and galleries have aligned major exhibitions and openings coinciding with EXPO CHICAGO. These institutional alignments make this year’s EXPO ART WEEK, September 14–20, a robust schedule not to be missed by locals and visitors alike.

Jessica Stockholder, “Once Upon a Time,” 2014, part of the IN/SITU program at EXPO CHICAGO 2014, curated by Renaud Proch. Photo by James Prinz.

In 2014, over 32,500 visitors attended the exposition and participated in off-site activities hosted by local institutions, non-profit organizations, and galleries. Our cultural partners, such as Chicago Loop Alliance, are no exception in the continued success of EXPO CHICAGO. CLA’s commitment to developing, supporting, and promoting public cultural events is matched by its support of this international endeavor. Leading by example, CLA proves its dynamism as an arts-conscious, economic driver within downtown Chicago. By having partners such as these—who are driving highly engaged patrons to cultural touchstones in our city, both on and off the pier—EXPO CHICAGO has solidified its place on the international arts calendar, making Chicago the place to be this September.

See you at Navy Pier,

Tony Karman


Photo by Dan Rest.

Editor's Note: Tony Karman is the President/Director of EXPO CHICAGO. Now entering its 4th edition, EXPO CHICAGO is the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, held at Navy Pier, featuring over 3,000 artists from around the world.

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