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Intersect Chicago 2020

ISC will participate as a cultural partner at Intersect Chicago 2020.

 Export to Your Calendar 11/6/2020 to 11/12/2020
When: Friday, November 6, 2020
Where: Intersect Chicago will be online at
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Intersect Chicago / SOFA Announces Over 100 Exhibitors For Its Virtual Fair, Live Online From November 6-12, 2020 

Intersect Art and Design announces over 100 exhibitors for the inaugural edition of Intersect Chicago, a virtual art fair replacing SOFA Chicago for the 2020 edition due to COVID-19. Intersect Chicago will be online from November 6-12, 2020 at with a dedicated VIP Preview Day by invitation only on November 5.

The fair is the evolution of SOFA – Sculpture Objects Functional Art. It is the intersection of art, design, and objects, including daily highlights on Glass, Contemporary Art, Design, Ceramic and Craft, Outsider Art, Fiber, and Public Art / Sculpture. Intersect Chicago will feature institutionsfrom around the globe with dedicated programming and a selection of galleries showcasing work of these disciplines.

Intersect Art and Design’s CEO Tim von Gal explains, “We were extremely pleased with the quality and volume of engagement of our first virtual art fair in July, Intersect Aspen. Although the knowledge gain of one’s first rodeo is often overstated, we have taken away many valuable lessons from that experience which we will be applying to Intersect Chicago. This is a special occasion, as we are launching the future of SOFA. We’ll preserve the spirit and legacy of SOFA with a spotlight on glass, craft, and sculpture, but are excited to expand the presentation to include a larger interdisciplinary program across the fields of art and design.”

Becca Hoffman, Managing Director of Intersect Art and Design says, “With Intersect Chicago, we’re channeling the momentum and positivity of our inaugural July edition of Intersect Aspen into a new chapter of revamping and innovating the online space, while encouraging connectivity and an out of the box approach. Our November platform will be a unique form of engagement for the community, highlighting dynamic programs, partners, and virtual activations focusing on and inspired by SOFA’s original tenets but with an absolutely new vision and fresh approach.”

Intersect Chicago will present SOFA Salons, a series of themed conversations pertaining to art and design, presented online and free to the public. To learn about upcoming programs and register, visit


Mel Douglas, INTERSTICES, 2020, Blown glass, 11.75 x 15.75 x 15.75 in (each). Courtesy of Traver Gallery

Cultural Partners of Intersect Chicago will be featured on different days of the fair with special programming, talks, virtual tours, and more. Visit for a full schedule.

Cultural Partners include: Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass (AACG); Chicago Public Art Group; CLAY Museum of Ceramic Art; Corning Museum of Glass; Crafting the Future; Design Museum of Chicago; Design Core Detroit; The Elmhurst Art Museum; The Fabric Workshop and Museum; Selections from the Women of Gee’s Bend; GlassRoots, GnarWare Workshop; The International Sculpture Center (ISC); Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art; John Michael Kohler Arts Center; The Mint Museum; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts; National Museum of Women in the Arts; Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency; The Ed Paschke Art Center; Pilchuck Glass School; Pittsburgh Glass Center; The River North Design District; Roger Brown Study Collection; SAQA: Studio Art Quilt Associates; TextielMuseum; UrbanGlass and Chicago Public Schools.

Exhibitors participating in Intersect Chicago include the following 106 galleries, from 25 different countries.

65GRAND (Chicago, IL, USA)
ABXY (New York, NY, USA)
Adamar Fine Arts (Miami, FL, USA)
Afikaris (Paris, FRANCE)
Athr Gallery, Jeddah (Jeddah, SAUDIA ARABIA)
BEERS London (London, UK)
David Benrimon Fine Art (New York, NY, USA)
Bertrand Productions (Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Blue Rain Gallery (Santa Fe, NM, USA)
C24 Gallery (New York, NY, USA)
Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Cavin-Morris Gallery (New York, NY, USA)
Chambers Fine Art (New York, NY, USA)
Paula Cooper Gallery (New York, NY, USA)
Dumais Made Inc. (Bantam, CT, USA)
Dutton (New York, NY, USA)
EBONY/CURATED (Cape Town and Franschhoek, SOUTH AFRICA)
Emerson Dorsch (Miami, FL, USA)
Friedman Benda (New York, NY, USA)
Galería Hilario Galguera (Mexico City, MEXICO)
Gugsa Black Arts Collective (New York, NY, USA)
HABATAT (Royal Oak, MI, USA)
Carl Hammer Gallery (Chicago, IL, USA)
Heller Gallery (New York, NY, USA)
Leila Heller (New York, NY, USA and Dubai, UAE)
High Noon Gallery (New York, NY, USA)
Hill Gallery (Birmingham, MI, USA)
Hilton Asmus Contemporary (Chicago, IL, USA)
Hirschl & Adler Modern (New York, NY, USA)
Hive Contemporary (Havertown, PA, USA)
Nancy Hoffman Gallery (New York, NY, USA)
Owen James Gallery (New York, NY, USA)
Kasper Contemporary (New York, NY, USA)
Monica King Contemporary (New York, NY, USA)
David Klein Gallery (Detroit, MI and Birmingham, MI, USA)
Robert Klein Gallery (Boston, MA, USA)
Kopeikin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
Galerie Kornfield (Berlin, GERMANY)
Krakow Witkin Gallery (Boston, MA, USA)
Legado Arte (São Paulo, BRAZIL)
Jennifer Lauren Gallery (Manchester, UK)
J. Lohmann Gallery (New York, NY, USA)
Galerie Ron Mandos (Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS)
Michele Mariaud (New York, NY, USA)
Galleria Umberto Di Marino (Napoli, ITALY)
Kathryn Markel Fine Arts (New York, NY and Bridgehampton, NY, USA)
McClain Gallery (Houston, TX, USA)
Duncan McClellan Gallery (St. Petersburg, FL, USA)
Todd Merrill Studio (Bellport, NY, USA)
Momentum Gallery (Asheville, NC, USA)
Montague Contemporary (New York, NY, USA)
Montoro 12 Gallery (Brussels, BELGIUM and Rome, ITALY)
Melissa Morgan Fine Art (Palm Desert, CA, USA)
Kirsten Muenster Projects (San Francisco, CA)
Nilufar Gallery (Milan, ITALY)
ODD ARK ● LA (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
One Mile Gallery (Kingston, NY, USA)
Omae (Seoul, SOUTH KOREA)
Orley Shabahang (Milwaukee and Whitefish Bay, WI, USA)
Out of Africa Gallery (Barcelona, SPAIN)
The Pardee Collection (Iowa City, IA, USA)
Galerie pompom (Sydney, AUSTRALIA)
Portrait Society Gallery (Milwaukee, WI, USA)
Primae Noctis Art Gallery (Lugano, SWITZERLAND)
Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design (Heusden aan de Maas, NETHERLANDS)
QB Gallery (Oslo, NORWAY)
re.riddle (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Ricco/Maresca Gallery (New York, NY, USA)
Laura Rathe Fine Art (Houston, TX, USA)
Duane Reed Gallery (Saint Louis, MO, USA)
Sanchez Navarro Arte (Cuernavaca, MEXICO)
Sapar Contemporary (New York, NY and Almaty, KAZAKHSTAN)
SEIZAN Gallery (New York, NY, USA and Tokyo, JAPAN)
Galerie SINIYA28 (Marrakech, MOROCCO)
SIRIN Copenhagen (Frederiksberg, DENMARK)
Mindy Solomon Gallery (Miami, FL, USA)
Southern Guild (Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA)
Steidel Contemporary (Lake Worth, FL, USA)
Studio 21 Fine Art (Halifax, CANADA)
Sulger-Buel Gallery (London, UK)
Super Dakota (Brussels, BELGIUM)
Richard Taittinger Gallery (New York, NY, USA)
Tile Blush (El Portal, FL, USA)
Tong-in Gallery (Seoul, SOUTH KOREA)
Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects (New York, NY, USA)
Traver Gallery (Seattle, WA, USA)
UPFOR (Portland, OR, USA)
Vetri (Seattle, WA, USA)
Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL, USA)
Elijah Wheat Showroom (Brooklyn and Newburgh, NY, USA)
Timothy Yarger Fine Art (Beverly Hills, CA, USA)
Yvel (Boca Raton, FL and New York, NY, USA)
Zawyeh Gallery (Dubai, UAE and Ramallah, PALESTINE)
Zetterberg Gallery (Helsinki, FINLAND) 

Visit the Fair on Artsy
Intersect Chicago has partnered with Artsy, the global marketplace for discovering and collecting art. In addition to accessing the fair through, visitors may also visit the fair through Artsy. As Intersect Chicago’s Main Marketplace Partner, Artsy will provide a unique opportunity for exhibiting galleries to promote their virtual booths to Artsy’s global audience. Collectors can experience Intersect Chicago on Artsy to discover artists, save favorite works, view works on their home walls through Artsy's AR mobile tool and directly purchase work from galleries.



Doyle is honored to be an auction house partner of Intersect Chicago. Founded in 1962, Doyle is one of the world’s foremost auctioneers and appraisers of fine art, jewelry, furniture, decorations, Asian works of art, coins, stamps, rare books, and a variety of specialty categories.



Rizzoli Bookstore and Schiffer Publishing
Rizzoli is the Official Bookstore Partner of Intersect Chicago and will host a store on the Intersect Chicago website as well as on its website. Rizzoli is one of the foremost independent booksellers in America specializing in illustrated books on architecture, interior design, fashion, photography, cookery, and the fine and applied arts, as well as literature, and foreign language books.

Schiffer Publishing—an independent publisher with over 7,000 titles in print in the areas of Decorative Arts, Design, and illustrated books—is proud to partner with Rizzoli to showcase a curated selection of titles specifically chosen to align with the SOFA community.


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Intersect Art and Design’s Portfolio
Intersect Aspen (formerly Art Aspen), July 22-26, 2020, which is an annual art and cultural event in the heart of one of the nation’s most prestigious collector communities. In 2020 it was an online only event, replacing Art Aspen, which has been running since 2010.

Intersect Chicago (formerly SOFA, Sculpture Objects Functional Art), November 6-12, 2020 online-only, the largest and oldest of the three fairs, takes place annually at Chicago's Navy Pier, and focuses on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art, fiber arts, and design. It has been running since 1993.

Intersect Palm Springs (formerly Art Palm Springs), May 13 - 16, 2021, which traditionally has occurred in conjunction with Modernism Week at the Palm Springs Convention Center, presents post-war and contemporary art and has been running since 2012.

For more information, visit

About Intersect Art and Design
Intersect Art and Design comprises three art fairs: Intersect Aspen (formerly Art Aspen), IntersectChicago (formerly SOFA Chicago), and Intersect Palm Springs (formerly Art Palm Springs). Intersect Art and Design’s core values include working with integrity, decency, credibility, and transparency. Through art, and the diverse voices of our exhibitors and their artists, we encourage discussions that promote social awareness and foster positive change.

Intersect is a partnership of brothers Tim and Dirk von Gal, who are event industry veterans with more than 50 years of combined experience creating successful trade shows and conferences for business, consumer, and art industry sectors. The three fairs had been under the umbrella of Tim von Gal’s former company Urban Expositions (founded in 1995), which was acquired by Clarion in 2015. The von Gal brothers’ launch of Intersect in April 2020 brings the fairs back under their management once again. Intersect is part of vGMgt LLC, which is a team of dedicated professionals focused on customer service, integrity, and the experiential value of Intersect Art and Design.

Managing Director Becca Hoffman, who joined Intersect Art and Design in April 2020, was the Director of the Outsider Art Fair from 2013 – 2020, and was formerly the director of Peter Findlay Gallery, and Andrew Edlin Gallery. Hoffman received her B.A. in Fine Art Photography from Dartmouth where she helped start the first student art gallery and worked at the Hood Museum of Art. From there, Hoffman achieved her M.A. in Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s in London.

Join the Conversation
Connect with us on Instagram and Facebook @sofaexpo and hashtags #IntersectChicago and #IntersectFairs.

Intersect Chicago Media Partners
Media Partners of the fair include Artnet as Official Media Partner, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago, and


Media Contact: 
Meg Blackburn,