11/02/2012 04:34 pm ET Updated Nov 02, 2012

SOFA Chicago 2012: Form, Function And Artistic Masterworks (PHOTOS)

For its 19th year, the annual Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design fair will be the hub for the top galleries and art dealers from around the world.

This year, the fair has drawn more than 70 galleries and dealers from several continents, rounding up the best modern art, jewelry and furniture in addition to putting on an impressive lecture series from art world bigwigs.

(Scroll down to view photos previewing some of the work that will be on display at SOFA.)

“This year’s fair promises to have a particularly impressive international component,” said SOFA Director Donna Davies in a statement. “In addition to galleries and exhibiting organizations from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Israel, Italy, Japan, Scotland, Turkey and the U.S., we will be presenting works by more than 800 artists from throughout the world."

SOFA is Chicago's largest and longest-running art fair, and this year will host the 50th anniversary celebration of America’s Studio Glass Movement as well as screen the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation documentary, "The Toledo Workshop Revisted, 1962-2012." The lecture series, included as part of admission, has artists, critics and museum curators from the Society of North American Goldsmiths, INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and others.

SOFA Chicago runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 2-3; noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at Navy Pier. Admission is $15 or $25 for a three-day pass.

SOFA Chicago 2012