April 28-30, 2017

Hotel Del Sol
3100 Webster Street, San Francisco

stARTup Art Fair is a unique contemporary art fair for independent artists. Our intimate, boutique fair provides artists and art enthusiasts with direct access to the art world, fostering new relationships and creating a new exhibition platform for thought-provoking contemporary artwork in three major cities across the country: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.

With the dawn of the internet age, consumers are experiencing artwork unfiltered and direct from the artist via social media. More and more artists report building a thriving client base by selling works straight from the internet. stARTup Art Fair is forward thinking--mirroring this shift in the art market by creating direct access between consumer and artist without sacrificing quality. Each fair assembles a panel of curators, gallerists and professional artists to vet our exhibiting artists, ensuring a thoughtful and dynamic group of artists that will impress and inspire our attendees.

Founded by artist and educator Ray Beldner, and former gallery director Steve Zavattero, stARTup Art Fair's mission is to provide a professional exhibition venue for independent artists where they can present and sell their work on their own terms and the public can acquire amazing art work from some of the best independent artists working today.

2017 Selection Committee

Jonas Almgren  CEO, Artfinder.com

Trish Bransten Director, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

Christine Duval Independent Curator, Principal, Duval Contemporary

Amy Ellingson Widely exhibited San Francisco-based artist

Max Presneill Director/Curator, Torrance Art Museum

Catherine Wagner Widely exhibited San Francisco-based artist 

2017 Advisory Council

Anna Hygelund Independent Curator and Art Advisor

Cathy Kimball Executive Director, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Jeff King President/CEO, Jeff King and Company

Noah Lang Owner, Electric Works

Joen Madonna Executive Director, Art Span

Michelle Mansour Executive Director, Root Division

Adam O’Donnell Principal Engineer, Cisco

Jennifer Perlmutter Artist, Owner, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery

Alex Ray Art Consultant, Five Senses Art Consultancy

Bettina Stiewe, Founder, Upstart Modern Art Consultancy

Claudia Truesdell Makers 4 Good

Blair Winn Director for Institutional Advancement at The Exploratorium

Non-Profit Partners


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