Burning Bush, Wood and Steel Table by Trenton Baylor, Gingrass Gallery - (photo courtesy of the Katie Gingrass).

SOFA Chicago, the world’s foremost fair devoted to Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art + Design, will return November 7-9 for its 21st year with 70 dealers from around the world exhibiting an array of ceramics, wood, glass, fiber, jewelry, metal and innovative design. More than 34,000 fairgoers including artists, collectors, curators, designers, and art patrons from around the world attended the annual show in 2013, enjoying familiar favorites such as the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow and the annual Lecture Series alongside dealer presentations that highlighted emerging artists and designers.  

Highlights of this year’s fair include prominent international galleries including Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art (Washington), Ann Nathan Gallery (Illinois), Beaver Galleries (Australia), Craft Scotland (Scotland) and Ippodo Gallery (Japan and New York).  

A popular design competition and exhibition at the fair, Connect will return for the second year. This year’s competition will include six notable art and design universities, each to create 576-square foot environments on the show floor featuring installations with innovative seating and lighting designs where fair visitors can ostensibly "connect.”  

SOFA Lecture Series offering timely and interactive presentations by renowned artists, critics, curators, designers and collectors, will be featured on Friday and Saturday of the fair and is included with admission.  

Special Exhibits at SOFA featuring intriguing museum-style presentations will include booth exhibits from Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills , MI), and Collectors of Wood Art, among others.  

Founded in 1994, SOFA is Chicago’s longest continuously running art fair. During the past two decades, SOFA Chicago has grown to attract more than 30,000 visitors every year and exhibitors from the U.S. and around the world.  

SOFA will return to his Chicago home of Navy Pier (Festival Hall) for an opening night preview on Thursday, November 6. For more information including updates on SOFA’s exhibitors and programs, visit sofaexpo.com or call 800.563.SOFA (7632).

The performances take place on May 15 to 18 in the Edlis Neeson Theater at the MCA Stage. For more information, visit mcachicago.org or call the MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010.

SOFA Chicago Makes its Way Back to Navy Pier