Art Palm Springs Continued Growth and Audience Popularity Expands Fair to a Fourth Day in 2018

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Ariel Varxassal, Jorge Mendez Gallery
Ariel Varxassal, Jorge Mendez Gallery

ART PALM SPRINGS CONTINUED GROWTH AND AUDIENCE POPULARITY EXPANDS FIAR TO A FOURTH DAY IN 2018 PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (January 8, 2018) – Over Presidents’ Day Weekend, Art Palm Springs will present nearly 80 galleries from Asia, North and South America, and Europe, that represent more than 300 artists, and brings a world of art to the Palm Springs Convention Center. Since its inception in 2012, the increasingly popular fair has more than doubled the number of attending galleries from just over 30 in its first year to more than 60 in 2017. The show draws thousands of art collectors and patrons each year from around the globe.

Because of popular demand by its expanding audience and galleries, Urban Expositions has recently announced the addition of Presidents’ Day to the show’s schedule.

“The growth of the fair’s popularity has made the addition of Monday an easy decision and a must for the fair,” said Donna Davies, Vice President of the Art Group for Urban Expositions, producer of Art Palm Springs. “We see Palm Springs  continuing its’ trajectory as one of the most important markets for contemporary and modern art.” As an indicator of growth, the 2018 fair has confirmed larger gallery participation than the debut event in 2012 and is expected to surpass last year’s participation.

Since its early editions, Art Palm Springs has been a draw for curators, collectors, designers and celebrities that include Cheech Marin, Jodie Foster, Alexa Davalos, Udo Kier, Shelby Lynne, Rain Phoenix, and award-winning designers Christopher Kennedy, Dann Foley and Erin Valencich.

Ali Cavanaugh, Travelogues Fine Art Consulting
Ali Cavanaugh, Travelogues Fine Art Consulting

With its pristine deserts and grand mountain views, Palm Springs has been an arts haven for decades. Artists such as from Agnes Pelton, Maynard Dixon and Sir Winston Churchill to Dale Chihuly have all found inspiration in the desert city.

The city’s fine art profile began in 1938 with founding of the Palm Springs Desert Museum, that encompassed desert arts and environment, that changed its name and focus to fine arts in 2005 to the Palm Springs Art Museum. The entire Coachella Valley has long history of exemplary galleries from Palm Desert to Palm Springs including Melissa Morgan Fine Art, HOHMANN Gallery, Heather James Fine Art, J. Willott Gallery, and Jorge Mendez Gallery.

John Baeder-White Castle
John Baeder, Thomas Paul Fine Art

In 2012, Art Palm Springs premiered, growing with record attendance each year. In 2017, Palm Springs drew international attention with the debut of Desert X, a biennial exhibit featuring 16 artists. As a program sponsor, Art Palm Springs 2017 Artist of the Year, Lita Albuquerque, local artist Phillip K. Smith and others were included in the exhibition that drew international audiences.

The 2018 Artists of the Year honorees are pioneering California artist Ed Moses, represented by William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, Calif., and Andy Moses who is presented by Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert, Calif.

The duo join the ranks of Art Palm Springs’ Artist of the Year impressive list of Post War and Contemporary honorees including Judy Chicago, Mel Ramos, Jennifer Bartlett, Fletcher Benton, Larry Bell, and Lita Albuquerque.

The father and son duo will receive the Artist of the Year Award during Art Palm Springs taking place February 16-19, 2018. Arts Patron of the Year Award will be presented to during the Black Card Opening Night Celebration on February 15 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Tickets and a complete schedule for Art Palm Springs are available on the website at

As the list of Art Palm Springs participating galleries continues to grow, the initial group of galleries committed to participate in the 2018 art fair includes:

A Gallery / Allen + Alan Fine Art (Salt Lake City, UT)
Adamar Fine Arts (Miami)
Addison Rowe Fine Art (Santa Fe, NM)
Arcadia Contemporary (Los Angeles)
Arteria, Bromont (Quebec, Canada)
Artspace Warehouse (Los Angeles)
Axiom (Santa Monica, CA)
Bruce Lurie Gallery (Los Angeles)
C. Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore, MD)
Charlotte Jackson Fine Art (Santa Fe, NM)
Christopher Martin Gallery (Dallas, TX)
CMay Gallery (Los Angeles)
Concierge Fine Art (Minneapolis, MN)
David Klein Gallery (Detroit, MI)
Edward Cella/Michael Solway (Los Angeles)
Galleria Moro (Maracaibo, Venezuela)
Gallery K.A.G. (Annapolis, MD)
Gallery Lee and Bae (Busan, S. Korea)
George Billis Gallery (New York City)
Hohmann (Palm Desert, CA)
J. Willott Gallery (Palm Desert, CA)
Jane Kahan Gallery (New York City)
Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Jorge Mendez Gallery (Palm Springs, CA)
LewAllen Galleries (Santa Fe, NM)
Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery (Cordoba, Argentina)
McNabb Martin Contemporary (San Diego, CA)
Melissa Morgan Fine Art (Palm Desert, CA)
Nancy Hoffmann Gallery (New York City)
Peter Blake Gallery (Laguna Beach, CA)
Peters Projects (Santa Fe, NM)
Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery (London)
Sloan Fine Art (Los Angeles, CA)
Sponder Gallery (Boca Raton, FL)
ten|Contemporary (Grass Valley, CA)
Thomas Paul Fine Art / J Cacciola Gallery, (Los Angeles)
Travelogues Fine Art Consulting (Placitas, NM)
Wallspace (Los Angeles)
William Turner Gallery (Santa Monica, CA)




Art Palm Springs is owned by Atlanta-based Urban Expositions, which produces Art Aspen, Art Palm Springs, FORM Miami, and the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago. All art fairs are presented by galleries from around the world exhibiting modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media.

About Urban Expositions

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Based in Kennesaw, GA, and founded in 1995, Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 40 events. Urban serves seven industry sectors including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Aviation, Foodservice, Pet and Gaming. Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focused on the airport concession industry. Urban has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois.

About Clarion Events
Clarion Events can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness. More recently the firm has developed an international portfolio of brands and now delivers more than 200 events in over 20 countries.


For more information about Urban Expositions’ art and design fairs, visit the following websites:
Art Aspen | Art Hamptons | Art Palm Springs | Houston Art Fair FORM MIAMI | SOFA CHICAGO