The Other Art Fair September Program


Meet and buy directly from 120 talented independent and emerging artists, each handpicked to exhibit at the fair by a Selection Committee of art world experts.

View the full exhibitor list on Saatchi Art.



Purchase a limited edition print, exclusive to the fair, by acclaimed Chicago artist Hebru Brantley. All proceeds support our Charity Partner, Little Black Pearl.

'Girl with Red Scarf'
Hebru Brantley
18 x 18"
edition of 100
290gsm Moab Entrada Bright White 100% cotton Paper


Hebru Brantley creates narrative driven work revolving around his conceptualized iconic characters. Brantley utilizes these iconic characters to address complex ideas around nostalgia, the mental psyche, power and hope. The color palettes, pop-art motifs and characters themselves create accessibility around Brantley’s layered and multifaceted ideas. Majorly influenced by the South Side of Chicago’s Afro Cobra movement in the 1960s and 70s, Brantley uses the lineage of mural and graffiti work as a frame to explore his inquiries. Brantley applies a plethora of mediums from oil, acrylic, watercolor and spray paint to non-traditional mediums such as coffee and tea. Brantley’s work challenges the traditional view of the hero or protagonist. His work insists on a contemporary and distinct narrative that shapes and impacts the viewer’s gaze. Recognized nationally for public works and solo shows in Chicago, Hebru Brantley has exhibited in London, San Francisco, Atlanta, Miami, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York including Art Basel Switzerland, Art Basel Miami, Scope NYC and Frieze London. Brantley has been recognized in publications including the Chicago Tribune, Complex Magazine and NY Post. His work has been collected by Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, The Pritzker Family and power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce. Brantley has collaborated with brands like Nike, Hublot and Adidas. Brantley earned a B.A. in Film from Clark Atlanta University, and has a background in design and Media Illustration


The Other Art Fair and The Cooper Southbank give you Arts biggest Saturday night this September 29th from 6pm-10pm. Enjoy a late evening of art, live music, drinks and special programming.

Tickets start from $13.50 and permit re-entry to the fair on Sunday September 30th. Book tickets here

The Cooper at Southbank marks the first Chicago project to be developed and built by Lendlease and the first of five residential towers planned within Southbank, a new 7-acre urban oasis along the Chicago River. The 29-story high-rise offers 452 luxury units with uniquely curated amenities and sweeping lake, river and skyline views. 


Inspiring thought, feeling and action, tale part in this unique interactive theater performance as you enter the fair.

The Neo-Futurists are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create:

- Theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry and living-newspaper.
- Non-illusory, interactive performance that conveys our experiences and ideas as directly and honestly as possible.
- Immediate, unreproduceable events at head-slappingly affordable prices.
- Work that embraces those unreached or unmoved by conventional theater – inspiring them to thought, feeling and action.


The world’s leading online gallery and The Other Art Fair’s presenting partner, Saatchi Art invite industry experts and creatives to sit on a series of engaging panel discussions and talks.

The Saatchi Art Talks Program can be found in the Saatchi Art Lounge and is free to attend for all ticket holders.

2.00pm - 2.45pm    

Monica Haslip, Founder, Little Black Pearl
Terri Evans, MINI USA
Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator & VP Art Advisory, Saatchi Art 
Students from Little Black Pearl Academy

3.15pm - 4.00pm     
Presented by Chicago Gallery News 

Ginny Van Alyea, Executive Editor & Publisher, Chicago Gallery News 
Doug Van Tress, Co-Owner, Golden Triangle
Aron Packer, Private Dealer, Aron Packer Projects
Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator & VP Art Advisory, Saatchi Art 

5.15pm - 6.00pm
Presented by Ace Hotel Chicago

Matt Mehlan, Artist & Musician
Selina Trepp, Artist
Dushko Petrovich, Artist, Writer & Editor
Jamal “Litebulb” Oliver, Dancer & Dance Activist

7.00pm - 7.45pm 

Monica Haslip, Founder, Little Black Pearl
Daniel Peterson,  Project Backboard 

Saturday September 29th
Investing in Art for $1,000 & Under
Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator & VP Art Advisory, Saatchi Art


Saatchi Art is the world’s leading online art gallery, connecting people with art and artists they love.

Saatchi Art offers an unparalleled selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography in a range of prices, and it provides artists from around the world with an expertly curated environment in which to exhibit and sell their work.

Based in Los Angeles, Saatchi Art is redefining the experience of buying and selling art by making it easy, convenient and welcoming for both collectors and artists.


Head to the Saatchi Art Lounge to listen to an engaging panel discussion presented by the Ace Hotel Chicago:

Friday September 28th

AIR: The Role of the Residency Within an Artist's Practice
"At Ace, we agree with Richard Avedon when he says, "Anything is an art if you do it at the level of an art." Sculpture, mineral, sound and thought — some people wink and call it art. Each Sunday night our Artists in Residence program, currently curated by Matthew Mehlan —  artist, educator at SAIC and archives manager at ESS — invites members of the community to spend one night with us, write a song, hold a meeting, think out loud or create their next work of art — whatever they choose. On Monday mornings, we find out what they've made. Ace Hotel aims to cultivate the hotel as a community space to be experienced by residents of the city in addition to the travelers who visit. Through our artist in residence program, we're able to connect more deeply with the creative community in Chicago and invite artists to experience the hotel from a new perspective. For this panel, we invite our curator, Matthew Mehlan, in conversation with past Ace AIR artists, insert names here, to discuss the larger role of residencies at-large and the role they play within their practices."

Moderator: Matt Mehlan is a Chicagoland native, artist, musician, and arts organizer. Based in Brooklyn for the last 10 years, Matt fronts the band Skeletons, the multimedia project Uumans, and runs the record label Shinkoyo. He co-founded the original Silent Barn art space in NYC, and worked for nine years as Production Manager at the experimental music institution Roulette, where he produced concerts, managed the archive, and made documentaries about musicians and artists for Roulette TV.

Matt has performed around the world and released music on Shinkoyo, Ghostly International, Tomlab, Crammed Discs, The Social Registry, Sockets, Altin Village and Mine, among other labels.

Selina Trepp (Swiss/American b.1973) is an artist whose work explores economy and improvisation. Finding a balance between the intuitive and conceptual is a goal, living a life of adventure is a way, embarrassment is often the result.

She works across media, combining performance, installation, painting, and sculpture to create intricate setups that result in photos, drawings, and animations. In addition to the studio-based work, Selina is active in the experimental music scene. In this context she sings and plays the videolah, her midi controlled video synthesizer, to create projected animations in real-time as visual music. She performs with a varying cast of collaborators and as one half of Spectralina, her long-running audiovisual collaboration with Dan Bitney. See Selina's Ace AIR work here

Born in Quito, Ecuador, Dushko Petrovich is a Chicago-based artist, writer, editor, and teacher. He received his B.A. from Yale and his M.F.A. from Boston University before going on to serve as the Starr Scholar (Artist-in-Residence) at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He has exhibited his work at venues including the deCordova Museum, in Boston; Rachel Uffner Gallery, Interference Archive, and P!, in New York; the Suburban and Gallery 400, in Chicago; the Charlottenborg Museum in Copenhagen; and Zacheta—National Gallery of Art in Warsaw.

His writing has appeared in periodicals such as Bookforum, Slate, Modern Painters, ArtNews, and the Boston Globe, among others. Petrovich is a co-founder of Paper Monument, where he has co-edited many publications, including I Like Your Work: Art and Etiquette and Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment. He also chaired the n+1 Foundation’s board of directors from 2013 to 2015. Paper Monument‘s most recent publication is Social Medium: Artists Writing, 2000-2015.

Having taught previously at Boston University, RISD, NYU, and Yale, Petrovich is currently assistant professor in the New Arts Journalism program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jamal "Litebulb" Oliver is a dancer and dance activist at the forefront of footwork culture in Chicago. Known for the intricacy and velocity of his moves, Litebulb has performed with leading artists like Chance the Rapper and DJ Rashad. Since 2009, he has traveled to international stages, from New York PS-1 to the Barbican in London. In 2014, he co-founded The Era Footwork Crew (The Era). Now touring global venues and Chicago schools with The Era, Bulb’s practice is both intensely local and broadly international. He has received awards and grants for his innovative work, including recognition as a dancer of the year in Dance Magazine, a major arts grant from Chicago Dancemakers Forum and University of Chicago/Arts and Public Life, and as a choreographer of the year by New City magazine. He also appeared in a dance cameo with fellow footworker P-Top in the movie, Manglehorn, with Al Pacino. Litebulb was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, where he lives and works today.


Featuring Arts of Life studio members and artists, “The Beasts” is a mini-exhibition titled after an essay by the great Walt Whitman, celebrating the special bond between animals and humans and demonstrating a raw and democratic artistic vision.


Arts of Life is a non-profit founded in January 2000 with a shared vision: to create a working, person-centric, artistic community while providing a work environment of equality in Chicago. Motivated by founding artist Veronica Cuculich along with two co-directors Arts of Life brought nine other individuals with a developmental disability to create the organization we are today. Our shared vision grew from a passion for artistic expression and a need for an alternative system.

For artists at Arts of Life, a career in the visual arts is an opportunity for meaningful employment. Each artist has their own studio space and works independently from individualized project plans or receives 1:1 visual arts facilitation to increase their artistic skill set. Artists earn a monthly stipend for participation in the program with eligibility to receive bonuses based on personal annual art sales.


Saatchi Art's expert curatorial team presents guided tours exploring the many opportunities to invest in original, limited edition artworks up to $1,000 with the potential to rise in value. Reserve your place at the Welcome Desk.

Friday September 28 

Saturday September 29 & Sunday September 30


Work with an art curator and pay no advisory fees.

Whatever artworks you are looking to purchase, your Saatchi Art curator will select works tailored to your needs, space, and style. Depending on your request, your curator will suggest a carefully chosen selection of around 30 works for you to browse through online. No other art advisory program offers this time-saving service to both individuals and trade professionals free of charge.

For more information visit Saatchi Art


As AMFM's Resident Artist, Melissa Castro Almandina will create poetry typed on the spot using a word, story or photo.

Xicana poet from the Southwest side of Chicago, Melissa Castro Almandina is a recent addition to the AMFM fam. Her visions of healing her community, exploring the intersections of magic and science, and proud emphasis on femininity, heritage and resilience are mere pieces to the amazing work she is creating and sharing all over the city. Her contributions range from her membership in Brown and Proud Press, a zine collective based in Chicago. Every so often, to make a few coins, she writes poems on the spot for people at different open mics or zine fests. With just one word, a story, or a photo she pulls herself together and lets words fly.

AMFM is a brand and incubator space for artists and the people. We support emerging and established artists by offering a platform for them to showcase their talents and their passions on a larger scale and to the public through our venue, web content, and our curated events.


Presented by AMFM, a site-specific installation by Jane Georges using found and sourced materials.

“There's More Than One Way started with over 2000 pushpins and the idea of "painting without paint". Over the course of 5 months, I added over 50 color layers. Each color layer, my favorite color of the moment, were laid spontaneously in response to previous layers. During an artist talk for Canvas Primer, I invited participants of the event to help me finish the last layer, ultimately making the lines come off of the wall and connect all three walls together.”

AMFM is a brand and incubator space for artists and the people. We support emerging and established artists by offering a platform for them to showcase their talents and their passions on a larger scale and to the public through our venue, web content, and our curated events.


“So Message Bored” is an interactive demo that invites viewers to participate in helping create a large scale print installation. Based on the aesthetics of mid-century broadside posters these brightly colored posters will be overprinted with text live onsite. During set workshop hours participants are invited to arrange and print their own word compositions to add to the walls. The installation will grow and change akin to a life-sized message board displaying somewhat irreverent but democratic wordplay. Everyone is welcome to see the print process and/or take part.

Todd Irwin is a multidisciplinary artist who works in several facets of artistic production including design, printmaking, and sculpture. His work shows a bold graphic quality with subtle social commentary and affinity for the multiple. He grew up influenced by a father who worked in specialty advertising and an uncle who printed cue cards for the television industry—the power of the imprint was constant. Having learned to print in commercial t-shirt shops, Todd went on to print with artists in Chicago’s gig poster scene and alongside notable artists in New York City. He exhibits his own work regularly and has been shown at De-construkt in Brooklyn, NY, Station 116 in Athens, OH, and at Silpe Gallery in Hartford, CT. Todd is also the co-creator of the semi-annual silkscreen publication Power Washer Zine.


Roaming the fair on certain days, Production Color will present a color, dance and song. An original stage production that explores an emotional spectrum of colors through combining concert & social dance, with soulfully constructed music.


All ages and abilities are welcome to join us for a Custom Button workshop led by Shelby Rodeffer at The Other Art Fair on Sunday September 30th.

Participants will learn how to operate a hand-pressed button machine and tips for how to design their own custom buttons. If you're more of a button-supporter and less of a button-maker, you can also have a custom button commissioned by local artists Finer Signs.


Fulton Market’s MONEYGUN will keep you hydrated as they take over The Other Art Fair bar with a refreshing menu of cocktails and craft beers.


Indulge in a simple yet modern hearth-inspired menu by The South Side’s Promontory restaurant.


Inspired by the fire pit council rings at Promontory Point, this neighborhood destination’s restaurant & bar are designed around a brick hearth. Chef Jared Wentworth, whose work at Dusek’s and Longman & Eagle garnered a Bib Gourmand & Michelin Star respectively, helms the kitchen. The menu reflects the simple tradition hearths represent in a modern context. Drawing inspiration from the open hearth at the center of The Promontory concept, the cocktail program focuses on modern twists on classic cocktails; and the wine program highlights historically significant wine regions and forgotten grape varieties, giving the list a uniquely curated character. Just as the restaurant pays tribute to the neighborhood’s beloved Promontory Point, the upstairs venue honors Hyde Park’s musical legacy. With its modern design, crisp acoustics, and exciting music programming, The Promontory is dedicated to celebrating the eras when spacious ballrooms and jumping jazz clubs made Chicago’s South Side the capital of American music.


Chicago’s very own Empty Bottle Presents curate the soundtrack to the fair with live music and DJ sets.

Friday September 28th 
6pm - 10pm: International Anthem DJs
Scottie McNiece is co-founder and A&R Director of International Anthem, a Chicago-born recording company that produces and promotes progressive media. (Photo credit Fabrice Bourgelle)

Saturday September 29th
2pm - 6pm: Lumpen Radio DJs
Lumpen Radio 105.5FM broadcasts live on the FM dial and on-line from the Co-Prosperity Sphere in beautiful downtown Bridgeport. Hyper curated music. Engaging conversation. Psychomagic for your ears!

6pm - 8pm: Ayana Contreras

8pm - 10pm: Steve Reidell 
Steve Reidell is a musician and current member of Chicago-based groups Air Credits and The Hood Internet, as well as the touring bassist for Pittsburgh band Black Moth Super Rainbow. He is also a graphic and print artist, and the former art director at Chicago venues Metro and Smart Bar.

Sunday September 30th 
3pm - 6pm: Sonorama 
Sonorama is a Chicago-based DJ collective fronted by Charly Garcia, Eddy Baca & Marlowe Baca and created with the objective of promoting world roots music through our obsessive love of vinyl music culture. More than just DJs, we collect, scavenge, and are ever in search of new sonic and rhythmic delights both new, old, or sometimes forgotten, but with the purpose to share our discoveries with the rest of the internet community. Through podcasts and other various media we try and criss-cross geographic borders and genres with ease, and together with our different musical tastes and backgrounds; set out to showcase an eclectic program of rare grooves, musical curios, and Afro influenced dance music, along with any other surprises we dig up along the way.



In 1992 the Empty Bottle started out as a cat-ridden hole-in-the-wall bar in Ukrainian Village (just south of Wicker Park) where you could get any one of nine beers for a buck-fifty or less, play pool for 50 cents, and find everything from Monster Magnet to Bill Monroe on the jukebox.

On Halloween of 1993, we moved two blocks up the street and threw open the doors to our new, sound-equipped, slightly larger hole with three nights of great shows, culminating with a SCRAWL performance that could have been a scene out of “Carrie.”

We’ve done a bunch of shows since then; in fact, we’ve been anything but empty these last 20 or so years, thanks to the same low prices, lack of attitude, and dedicated regulars that made the original bar such a success.


Younger visitors explore the fair with a free creative newspaper suitable for all ages.