SOFA is back for the 18th time. The annual International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair has returned to Navy Pier, and it will share space in the Pier’s Festival Hall with The Intuit Show of Folk & Outsider Art.
Both will be held at Navy Pier from November 4 to 6. SOFA enjoys being the largest and longest continually running art fair in Chicago, a mainstay of the city’s cultural and social calendar. Critics from publications like the Sun Times and Chicago Home + Garden have praised the event.
SOFA Chicago will feature special exhibits by renowned museums, universities and arts organizations, as well as an extensive lecture series. Some of the exhibits slated to be there are Art Jewelry Forum’s Geography, which shows jewelry from around the world; Innovations in Glass and Metal: The Work of Richard Meitner, Jack Wax, and Louis Mueller, where three artists create abstract work using metal, glass and steel; and American Association of Woodturners will present The World Turns: American Association of Woodturners at 25, a 25th anniversary special for AAW consisting of exhibits for 25 world-renown artists.
There will also be demonstrations in glass blowing, ceramic art displays, homages to American Craft Council Gold Medal winners, metalsmithing exhibits and section on political cartoons. Lectures will be held by people like art critic Janet Koplos, Glass Magazine Editor Andrew Page and London ceramist Gareth Mason.
Intuit Show exhibitors include The Electric Pencil, Outsider Folk Art Gallery, Just Folk, Lindsay Gallery, American Primitive Gallery and The Pardee Collection. The Intuit Show adds 14 dealers and galleries of self-taught art, outsider art, art brut, ethnographic art, non-traditional folk art and visionary art to SOFA.
SOFA’s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on both Friday Nov. 4 and Saturday Nov. 5, with Sunday Nov. 6’s hours from noon to 6 p.m. Photography is not permitted. General admission is $15, with three-day passes going for $25. Kids under 12 are free.