This September, the Houston Art Fair offers art enthusiasts an exceptional experience to discover a highly curated international collection of emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists in addition to mixing and mingling with Houston’s creative community. Over 4 days, September 29-October 2, 2016, the show will feature over 30 galleries, of which half are from outside of America. Exhibited artwork includes paintings, photography, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, glass, metal, studio jewelry, design and installations.

Under the new management of Urban Expositions, the show offers international visitors an authentic look inside Houston’s vibrant creative community starting with the show’s location at newly renovated Silver Street Studios in the Washington Arts District. This cultural district is home to 300 working artists, which is the highest concentration of working artists and creative entrepreneurs within the USA. Additionally, Urban Expositions has orchestrated an exceptional line up of panel discussions, book signings by featured artists and local food and beverage, including Houston’s famous food trucks.

For serious art enthusiasts, the VIP tickets offer exclusive access to events throughout Houston, including private tours of the personal homes and private collections of two of Houston’s most prestigious contemporary art collectors. Visiting the home of Penelope and Lester Marks will certainly be impressive. Listed by Art News magazine as “one of the top 200 collectors in the world”, the Marks’ extensive museum-quality contemporary artwork and hundreds of regional and local works collected over the last 25 years is an extraordinary opportunity for art patrons. This years’ show is expected to attract 15,000 people, so make sure to RSVP for these exclusive VIP events, as they are available on a limited basis. Please read our interview with Donna Davies, Vice President, Art Group, Urban Expositions on how they have recreated the shows’ itinerary to provide you with a uniquely curated art fair experience. Additionally, be sure to visit the image slider for a peak at some of the galleries and artists exhibiting this year.

Interview with Donna Davies, Vice President, Art Group, Urban Expositions

TL: How would you describe the creative energy in Houston to an international traveler?
DD: Houston is a vibrant city with an outstanding arts and cultural community. With the museums, art schools, art organizations combined with the support and passion for art in Houston, it’s a must see for international art enthusiasts visiting the USA. Houston is known for its quirkiness, but it’s a sophisticated and fun city that never disappoints from art to food to architecture.

TL: Now celebrating the Art Fair’s 6th year in Houston, how is the 2016 show going to be different and more dynamic than previous years?
DD: As new owners of the Houston Art Fair, we have made a number of significant changes this year from the venue change, name change, and making the fair by-invitation-only. Only galleries that we have invited to participate will be exhibiting in this boutique and highly curated fair. This dynamic juxtaposition of galleries and materials from all over the world will deliver a tightly presented fair for audience of art collectors.

TL: Over half of the exhibitors are from outside of America. Which international countries will be represented at the show?
DD: We have an international representation from Asia, Europe, The Middle East and Latin America.

TL: Proceeds from the Opening Night Preview Party support FotoFest International. Can you tell us a little bit about this organization?
DD: This non-profit organization was founded in 1983 by documentary photographers and journalists, Frederick Baldwin and Wendy Watriss, as well as European gallery owner, Petra Benteler. The organization, based in Houston, serves as an international arts and educational platform showcasing museum quality photographic art addressing social issues to promote the exchange of ideas. The organization will present a video on the Preview Night from their current 2016 Biennial Exhibit titled “Changing Circumstances”. This exhibit features 35 international artists whose work portrays social issues, such as climate change, urbanization, commerce consumption, water, waste and the impact on the natural and human world.

TL: For visitors attending the show or those who want to follow virtually, what is the official twitter handle to follow?
DD: @HoustonArtFair

Artwork provided by Urban Expositions.


Houston Art Fair At a Glance

Event: Contemporary and Modern Art | Dates: Thursday, September 29-Sunday, October 2, 2016 | Location: Silver Street Studios, 200 Edwards St., Houston, Texas | Stay: Hotel Zaza USD $219++|The Whitehall Houston USD $134++


VIP Tickets: VIP tickets admit 2 persons and include return admittance throughout the show, early access times, VIP lounge access, and private tours with advance rsvp throughout Houston.

VIP Opening Night First Look: Thurs., Sept. 29, 6-8pm (event continues until 10pm) USD $100.00

VIP Opening Night Preview: Thurs., Sept 29, 8pm-10pm, USD $75.00 (Opening Night Supports FotoFest International)

General Admission: Fri, Oct. 1 and Sat, Oct 1, 11am-7pm (early admission 10am-11am for VIP Tickets holders), Sun, Oct 2, 11am-6pm Day Pass: Advance Purchase USD$20|At the Door USD $25.00

Food and Beverage: Boomtown Coffee | Food Trucks: Oh My Gogi, El Topo | VIP Lounge featuring signature dishes from local Houston restaurants

VIP Tours and Show Events: Open to First Look and VIP ticket holders. Please note, advance RSVP is required for all VIP events.

Thu, Sept.29, 2016: 11:00am VIP Tour of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft with Curator of Craft Texas 2016 featuring 53 works by 38 artists including sculpture, jewelry and cut paper. Guided tour by Kathryn Hall and Juror Sandie Zilker.

Fri, Sept. 30, 2016: 10:00amVIP Tour of Bridget and Patrick Wade’s Private Art CollectionTour a classic Tudor Home in Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood including special interior design balancing historic architectural accents and a growing collection of contemporary artwork including paintings, sculpture and drawings. | 4:00pm VIP Tour Penelope and Lester Marks Private Art Collection: Tour the private home encompassing 25 years of collecting contemporary art featuring museum-quality artwork, including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, Christo, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, and Ai Wei Wei to name a few, as well as, hundreds of local and regional artists.  

Sat, Oct. 1, 2016: 10:00am VIP Private Tour of Buffalo Bayou Cistern | 2:00pm VIP Private Tour of the 2016 Exhibit “Changing Circumstances” by FotoFest International.  Tour led by Jennifer Ward. | 5:00pm VIP Book Signing and Mezcal Tasting with Cheech Marin of “Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper”

Show Events: Open to All Ticket Holders: 

Fri, Sept. 30, 2016: 1:30pm Redbud Gallery: Book Signing by Sharon Kopriva, “From Terra to Verde” | 2:00pm Lecture Hall: Placing Contemporary Craft at the Center

Sat, Oct. 1, 2016: 1:00pm Lecture Hall: Photography: “Going Where” presented by Steven Evans, Executive Director, FotoFest International | 2:00pm Redbud Gallery: Book Signing by Michael Roque Collins “Sacred Landscapes” | 2:30pm Charon Kransen Arts: Nature Speaks Many Languages presented by photographer Adam Brown | 5:30pm The Art of Mezcal: Tasting and Book Signing with Cheech Marin “Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper

Sun, Oct. 2, 2016: 2:00pm Lecture Hall: Reviving Houston’s Lost Art History

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