Culture Place

Dallas Art Fair Launches Digital Marketplace

(Dallas, TX – July 9, 2020) – Today, the Dallas Art Fair has launched Culture Place, Inc., a digital marketplace for contemporary art collectors to discover, connect, and buy from galleries across the region, which will be augmented with weekly artist studio visits, conversations, and another online programming.

As an extension of the Dallas Art Fair brand, collectors will be able to easily search for art by gallery, artist, and title, and then make their purchase through the Culture Place platform. Culture Place will focus on highlighting Texan galleries, but will also welcome galleries and programming from neighboring states. Invited galleries will refresh their artworks every 60 days and are able to use Culture Place even if they have not participated in the Dallas Art Fair before.

The launch comes on the heels of the first-ever online Dallas Art Fair, which ran in April after the physical fair was postponed due to the pandemic. The quick pivot to a fully digital fair proved highly successful, resulting in nearly $3 million in sales for participating galleries during the course of the 10-day venture.

“Culture Place will enable dealers to connect with our audience of collectors on an ongoing basis, to engage more deeply in conversations about art in today’s world, and to facilitate the sale of art when the opportunity for physical engagement has evaporated. We have cultivated meaningful relationships and friendships with our gallerists over the past dozen years and we aim to continue to help them showcase their artists’ work to the world,” says John Sughrue, Culture Place, Inc. Founder and Dallas Art Fair, LLC Chairman.

“Culture Place is an ongoing digital exchange to promote a cultural lifestyle. We will continue our mission to connect our audience to a curated offering while highlighting the best of our region,” says Kelly Cornell, Culture Place Director and Dallas Art Fair Director.

In addition to her role as Dallas Art Fair Director, Kelly Cornell will take on the role of Culture Place Director. Dallas Art Fair Director of Exhibitor Relations Brandon Kennedy will assume the position of Content Director, and Dallas Art Fair VIP Relations Sarah Blagden will assume the position of Head of Programming.


  • 12.26 (Dallas)
  • A Dirty, Dark Place (San Antonio)
  • Bill Arning (Houston)
  • Conduit Gallery (Dallas)
  • Cris Worley Fine Arts (Dallas)
  • David Shelton Gallery (Houston)
  • Erin Cluley Gallery (Dallas)
  • Galleri Urbane (Dallas)
  • Holly Johnson Gallery (Dallas)
  • Inman Gallery (Houston)
  • Laura Rathe Fine Art (Dallas/Houston)
  • Liliana Bloch Gallery (Dallas)
  • McClain Gallery (Houston)
  • Moody Gallery (Houston)
  • Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art (Houston)
  • Ruiz-Healy Art (San Antonio)
  • Sean Horton Gallery (Dallas)
  • Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden (Dallas)
  • William Campbell Contemporary Art (Fort Worth)




Dallas Art Fair LLC’s mission is to promote the contemporary arts locally, nationally and internationally. Over the past twelve years, Dallas Art Fair LLC has hosted the annual Dallas Art Fair in the heart of the downtown Dallas Arts District, where nearly 100 international art dealers engage with approximately 20,000 attendees each year. In 2012, Dallas Art Fair LLC formed the Dallas Art Fair Foundation to further promote contemporary arts in Texas; to date, it has raised and donated over $1.5 million to the Dallas arts community. In 2016, the Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Program was created to enable the Dallas Museum of Art to acquire works from the Dallas Art Fair for the museum’s permanent collection. The Dallas Art Fair Gallery (formerly 214 Projects) was established in 2019 to facilitate year-round programming. In 2020, Dallas Art Fair LLC launched Dallas Art Fair Online and a year-round digital marketplace for contemporary art via Culture Place. For more details, visit


Adam Abdalla, Cultural Counsel

Jill Robinson, Cultural Counsel