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The ANNUAL 2016

The ANNUAL: An Exhibition of New Chicago Art
September 16 - 29 , 2016

The ANNUAL is a yearly sales exhibition celebrating cutting-edge Chicago-based artists. Arranged by a guest curator, The ANNUAL creates an accessible forum for emerging collectors to discover affordable new work and engage directly with its creators. This year The ANNUAL will run for two weeks on either end of EXPO Chicago, opening Friday, September 16 and closing on Thursday, September 29.

2016 Exhibition: SHOWROOM
View and purchase work on Paddle8
(bidding closed 5:00pm, September 29)

The Chicago Artists Coalition is delighted to announce the second edition of The ANNUAL with the exhibition, SHOWROOM curated by Edra Soto and featuring Chicago artists and makers.

SHOWROOM, is an installation unto itself, bringing together work influenced by fundamental aspects of interior architecture and design objects, and placing them on custom made furniture by Dock 6 Collective. SHOWROOM aims to draw new connections between our understanding of the relationship between art and design, and to make us question our assumptions. SHOWROOM exists within that delicate balance of the expressive world and the pragmatically crafted architecture that holds it. 

The exhibition will feature painting, collage, and sculpture by artists: 

Alberto Aguilar // Karen Azarnia // Lise Haller Baggesen // Lynn Basa // Leslie Baum // Chris Bradley // Clare Britt // Paola Cabal // Holly Cahill // Mariano Chavez // Ryan Coffey // Alex Bradley Cohen // Laura Davis // Jeremy Foy // Dianna Frid // Diana Gabriel // Dock 6 Collective // Maria Gaspar // Jessica Harvey // Erin Hayden // Mika Horibuchi // Julia Klein // Anna Kunz // Woomin Kim // Melissa Leandro // Damon Locks // Nazafarin Lotfi // Fidencio Martinez // Victoria Martinez // Mike Rea // Dan Rizzo-Orr // E. Aaron Ross // Leonard Suryajaya // Christine Tarkowski // Ann Toebbe // Allison Wade // Erin Washington // Stacia Yeapanis

SHOWROOM will be on view from September 16 - 29, 2016 in both galleries at the Chicago Artists Coalition. HOURS: M-F: 9am-5pm; Saturday: 12-6pm

PROGRAMS/EVENTS (All Events Free. Please RSVP)

Opening Reception: Friday, September 16, 7-9pm

Curators Talk & Gallery Tour: Monday, September 19, 6-7pm

The ANNUAL Breakfast: Friday, September 23, 9-11am

2016 Curator: EDRA SOTO

Edra Soto is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and gallery director. Along with her husband, Dan Sullivan, Soto co-founded and runs THE FRANKLIN, an outdoor project space supported by the 3Arts Foundation, Northeastern Illinois University and the Propeller Fund. Some of her latest projects include: The Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial, The 4th Poly/Graphic Triennial of San Juan and the Caribbean, and the Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space in New York. Soto co-curated Present Standard, a group exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center that was on view January-April, 2016. Currently, Soto and Sullivan are working on a commission from the Chicago Transit Authority. Their project, Graft, will be featured at the Western Avenue stop on the train line to O’Hare Airport.

Soto received her MFA from the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. She also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Beta-Local in Puerto Rico. Recently, Soto completed the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program in Captiva, Florida through a 3Arts Fellowship.


THANK YOU to our 2016 Partners
Chartwell Insurance Services
Fabio Viviani Wines
Scone City
Karim Ahamed
Browne Goodwin

The ANNUAL 2016 Host Committee
Karim Ahamed, Gretchen Burch, Lisa Cavanaugh, Jose and Macol Cerda, Les Coney, Alexandria Eregbu*, Ashley Galloway, Myra Greene, Browne Goodwin, Claudine Isé*, Jayson Lawfer, Susan Lyons, Mackenzie Madsen, Sabina Ott, Erik Peterson, Andrew Rafacz, Katharine Schutta, Lakshmi Shenoy, Anna Sipkovsky, Sara Slawnik, Edra Soto, Joel Straus, Hunt Tackbary, Cecilia Vargas, Melissa Wolf

The ANNUAL Council 2017
In 2017, CAC is launching The ANNUAL Council - a group of diverse professionals committed to supporting this special exhibition and fostering a strong community of collectors. For more information, or to join the Council visit:

Inquiries: Contact Director of Strategic Partnerships & Special Projects, Mary DeYoe at

*2015 Curator of The Annual
Image: Alberto Aguilar, Post Museum Void