Long-time Chicago art dealer Aron Packer speaks about the early days of his business, how he’s navigated his changing tastes throughout the years, and the ins and outs of maintaining his considerable stable of artists.

“I definitely hit that offbeat notion leftover from the outsider art tradition. I’m all about solemnity and seriousness, but you need to have something to balance that out.”

Chicago native Aron Packer was initiated into the role of an art dealer first through outsider and folk art, then later evolving an emphasis on contemporary fine art. His Chicago gallery, Packer Schopf, is known nationwide for its substantial and aesthetically cohesive programming, and its attention to offbeat, impeccably crafted media.

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