**SEATTLE ART FAIR 2016 DATES ANNOUNCED** RETURNING AFTER A SUCCESSFUL INAUGURAL YEAR AUGUST 4-7,2016
Vulcan Inc. and Art Market Productions announce the second edition of the Seattle Art Fair, taking place August 4-7, 2016 at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The fair returns following a successful inaugural year of unprecedented attendance and strong sales. The fair will continue to showcase the vibrant culture and diversity of the Pacific Northwest while again creating a unique and innovative art experience that further establishes Seattle as an influential contributor to the global art scene.
Seattle Art Fair is now accepting gallery applications online. The fair will work alongside a selection committee to develop the 2016 exhibitor list and will expand to accommodate more galleries. The online application process will be open through March 11, 2016.
“The inaugural Seattle Art Fair was an ambitious endeavor and saw incredible support from the Seattle community and art world at large,” said Mary Ann Prior, director of art collections, Vulcan Inc. “We’re extremely committed to increasing the impact art has on the city, the region, and beyond, and the Seattle Art Fair is just one way we are working to achieve this goal.”
“The Seattle Art Fair has become an important event for the global art community, and we’re honored to be at the helm of its second edition,” said Max Fishko, Seattle Art Fair director and managing partner of Art Market Productions. “Seattle is an epicenter of worldclass collectors and museums, and the fair’s second year will continue to build on the region's fantastic momentum."
“It’s with great enthusiasm we throw our full support behind the second edition of the Seattle Art Fair. In 2015 it shone a bright light on the city’s thriving art scene, and we’re excited to see that continue,” said Jon Shirley, who will be returning alongside Kim Richter as the Host Committee’s cochairs.
The 2015 Seattle Art Fair exceeded expectations with more than 15,000 people in attendance and strong sales throughout the fair’s four days. The fair afforded collectors the opportunity to interact with over sixty of the world's top local, regional and national galleries, such as Gagosian Gallery, Kaikai Kiki, PACE, James Cohan, and Paul Kasmin. The city was activated by numerous citywide installations, onsite projects, and public programming, including talks with Maya Lin and Natalie Jeremijenko. Olson Kundig Architects designed a VIP lounge and Café space, and an interactive exhibition curated by Leeza Ahmady explored the Pacific Rim through video, sound, installation and digital technology.
About Vulcan Inc.
Vulcan Inc. creates and advances a variety of worldclass endeavors and highimpact initiatives that change and improve the way people live, learn, do business and experience the world. Founded in 1986 by investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, Vulcan oversees various business and charitable projects including real estate holdings, investments in dozens of companies, including the Seattle Seahawks NFL, Seattle Sounders FC Major League Soccer, and Portland Trail Blazers NBA franchises, First & Goal Inc., the Seattle Cinerama theatre, Experience Music Project, the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Allen Institute for Cell Science and The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. For more information, visit vulcan.com.
About Art Market Productions
Art Market Productions produces seven art fairs annually including Art on Paper New York, Art Market San Francisco, Market Art + Design, Seattle Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, Art on Paper Miami, and Miami Project. Art Market Productions focuses on creating the highest quality art fair experience by connecting collectors with dealers in the most optimal settings and contexts. Established in 2011 by partners Jeffrey Wainhause and Max Fishko, the company is dedicated to creating distinctive platforms and expanding networks of connection. For more information, visit artmarketproductions.com.