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The Annual

The Annual

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

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 including Alberto Aguilar, Karen Azarnia, Jessica Harvey, Damon Locks, Fidencio Martinez, Dan Rizzo Orr, Mike Rea, Christine Tarkowski, and Allison Wade. Additional artists will be announced later this summer.

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

RSVP Opening Reception

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

 RSVP Gallery talk

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

RSVP Breakfast

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
Fabio Viviani Wines

Inquiries: Contact Special Projects Manager, Mary DeYoe at
Image: Damon Locks, Planet Woman

View Past Exhibitions
The Annual 2015