For Immediate Release:
April 30, 2014


EXPO CHICAGO in Conjunction with Choose Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Join Together for EXPO ART WEEK, A Citywide Celebration Surrounding the Exposition, September 15 – 21   

Northern Trust Deepens Commitment to EXPO with Presenting Sponsorship For 2014

CHICAGO — EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, returns for its third year to Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, Sept. 18 – 21, 2014 after a successful fair in 2013 which reported vigorous sales and high collector attendance.EXPO CHICAGO will once again feature more than 100 of the world’s leading galleries including one of the signature programs of the fair, Exposure, the emerging galleries showcase providing younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair. In addition, EXPO CHICAGO presents the return of the /Dialogues lecture series; IN/SITU, a program of curated site-specific installations; EXPO VIDEO, a selection of dynamic and cutting-edge film, video and new media works; a dynamic VIP program; as well as Vernissage, the opening night preview benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Programming will extend beyond the exposition with the second annual EXPO ART WEEK (Sept. 15 – 21), as Chicago’s premiere cultural institutions join forces for a citywide celebration of art and culture. Attracting 30,000 visitors in its second year, EXPO CHICAGO continues to bridge a gap for Chicago’s contemporary arts community, helping to define the cultural future of Chicago and inspire the region’s collector base.“Our second edition proved to be a great step forward in establishing Chicago’s rightful place on the international art fair calendar each September,” said EXPO CHICAGO President/Director Tony Karman. “We proved that we can attract art enthusiasts from the greater Midwest, both coasts and internationally, and we are very proud that many of our participating galleries were successful in selling artwork while connecting with visiting collectors and curators who attended. As we enter into our third year, we remain extremely grateful for the ongoing support of our local museums, institutions, collectors and cultural leaders and look forward to broadening our collaborative partnerships with more regional and international institutions,” he added.

“EXPO CHICAGO has quickly become the premier visual arts event for Chicago,” said Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Michelle T. Boone. “It not only showcases the very best contemporary and modern works from around the world, but through its extensive community outreach efforts, engages Chicago’s own visual arts community in dynamic ways to showcase the rich talent at home to visitors from across the globe.”

Deepening its commitment to the fair, Presenting Sponsor Northern Trust will increase its participation with the exposition in 2014. Northern Trust will work to galvanize their client base both nationally and internationally, while showing their continued support for the arts in Chicago, their global headquarters.

“As we continue to grow with EXPO CHICAGO, we not only learn new things about our clients and the value of art as an investment, we learn a great deal about Northern Trust as a strong backbone of the cultural community in Chicago and beyond,” said Executive Vice President of Wealth Management at Northern Trust Mac MacLellan. “It is our goal to further strengthen the relationship with our own regional market as well as our national and international markets to both educate and galvanize their support for EXPO CHICAGO.”PROGRAMMINGEXPO CHICAGO will once again work with local, regional and international institutions to create top quality special programming. 2014 programming includes /Dialogues, presented in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a year-round program of symposia, panel discussions, and provocative artistic discourse culminating with daily events during the fair; IN/SITU, large-scale and site-specific installations placed throughout the fair; EXPO VIDEO, in conjunction with Columbia College Chicago, a selection of dynamic and cutting-edge film, video and new media works by artists selected from the exhibiting galleries at the 2014 exposition; and a dynamic VIP program.

EXPO CHICAGO will also partner with the city’s leading visual arts organizations and institutions for special exhibitions on and off the show floor. Art and museum partners to date include Art Institute of Chicagoand the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as well as Chicago Architectural Foundation, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Hyde Park Art Center, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicagothe School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago and more.EXPO ART WEEKIn an effort to highlight the vast cultural opportunities that Chicago has to offer to collectors, dealers, art enthusiasts and tourists, EXPO CHICAGO, in conjunction with Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism and marketing organization and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE),presents the second annual EXPO ART WEEK Sept. 15 – 21, 2014. With EXPO CHICAGO as the centerpiece, the exposition will join together with the city’s most prestigious cultural institutions for a citywide celebration of arts and culture with over 100 special events, institutions, museums, galleries, theaters and restaurants participating. Visual art programming highlights include Gallery Weekend Chicago, working in tandem with EXPO CHICAGO.

For discounted airfare and hotel accommodations, travel arrangements can be made through Turon Travel, an agency dedicated to creating an expedient and fully accessible travel network for the global arts community. Guests may stay at any of EXPO CHICAGO’s partner hotels including the Conrad Chicago,The Langham Chicago, PUBLIC Chicago, the Park Hyatt and the W Lakeshore.


EXPO CHICAGO/2014, The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, is presented by Art Expositions, LLC. Now in its third year as a leading international art fair, EXPO CHICAGO (Sept. 18 – 21,  2014) is a four-day art event featuring more than 125 leading international galleries and offering diverse programming including /DialoguesIN/SITU and EXPO VIDEO. Under the leadership of President and Director Tony Karman, EXPO CHICAGO draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant destination for arts and culture, helping to define the contemporary art community in Chicago while inspiring the city’s collector base. Vernissage, the opening night preview benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, takes place Thursday, Sept 18, 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets start at $100. General Admission to the exposition is Friday, Sept. 19 – Sunday, Sept. 21 (Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.). Tickets to the exposition are $20 for one day, $30 for three days. Northern Trust is the Presenting Sponsor and United Airlines is the official airline of EXPO CHICAGO. For more information about EXPO CHICAGO and EXPO ART WEEK (Monday Sept. 15 – Sunday Sept. 21), visit

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