The art world is changing, and many working artists are finding themselves without a space to present their work. The core mission of stARTup Art Fair is to provide an exhibition venue for unrepresented artists -- artists who may have recently lost their gallery/galleries, or artists who have never had representation.

Co-Founders Ray Beldner and Steve Zavattero believe in the viability of San Francisco and the Bay Area as an important visual art center. stARTup Art Fair provides a new avenue for the creative longevity of the visual artist, providing a marketplace that gives the artist the power to present and sell work -- and keep 100% of their sales proceeds -- on their own terms.

The Bay Area has a history of attracting creative, visionary, self-starting artists, designers, and entrepreneurs, and stARTup Art Fair celebrates the spirit of this region with its investment in emerging and under-recognized artists. stARTup Art Fair will be a destination where creatives of all stripes can converge to see new, inspiring art in the California spirit of discovery. The fair will provide the chance for the next generation of art collectors to get in on the ground floor of a type of artist "start-up," where collectors can acquire great works of art and make real connections with artists in an intimate setting.

With our venerable Selection Committee made up of a diverse range of art world professionals, stARTup Art Fair San Francisco aims to generate the dynamism and excitement of over 40 vetted, solo exhibitions for one glorious and stimulating 3-day weekend.


View the Press Release announcing our launch!


2015 Selection Committee

Janet Bishop, Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Cathy Kimball, Executive Director, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Walter Maciel, Walter Maciel Gallery, Culver City

Heather Marx, Principal, Heather Marx Art Advisory

Paul Mullins, widely exhibited San Francisco artist and Professor of Art, SF State University

Hank Willis Thomas, widely exhibited New York-based photo conceptual artist

2015 Advisory Council

Christine Duval, Independent Curator and Former Director, Limn Gallery

Maria Jenson, Founding Director, ArtPadSF contemporary art fair

Noah Lang, Artist and Owner, Electric Works Fine Art Printing

Michelle Mansour, Artist and Executive Director, Root Division

Susan O’Malley, in loving memory of our friend.

Annie Seaton, Artist and Former Director, LA Leica Gallery

Edward Winkleman, Winkleman Gallery, NY; Co-Founder, Moving Image art fair