About

 

echo Art Fair, a juried fine art exposition, connects experienced collectors and first-time buyers with established and emerging local, regional and international artists in a centralized and creative environment.

echo Art Fair showcases a broad scope of fine art disciplines, including painting, photography, sculpture, print, works on paper, video and mixed media, and performance art—from artists all over the world.

Artists and dealers who exhibit at the fair are evaluated and selected by a jury of contemporary art experts—ensuring that attendees enjoy the highest quality viewing and buying experience.

echo Art Fair was founded and launched in Buffalo, NY in 2011 and, in under four years, has evolved into one of the region's most notable fine art events. The fair grew from a one day event in 2011—drawing more than 3,000 visitors—to a full weekend of events in 2013, which was attended by a crowd of more than 7,500 and reflected the greatest amount of collecting to date. 90 artists and galleries submitted entries for the 2011 fair, from which 62 artists and six galleries were selected by that year's jury. In 2013, 130 artists and galleries submitted their work in order to be considered for the opportunity to participate in echo; of these, 29 individual artists, 13 galleries, and 12 site-specific installations were chosen.  

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. To learn more, click here or contact us at echoartfair@gmail.com.

We invite you to join our Facebook page for updates. We look forward to seeing you at echo Art Fair 2014. 


About the Organizers

E. Frits Abell, Founder, Producer

E. Frits Abell is an entrepreneur who has helped establish several companies over the past 15 years. With each business, he manages all aspects of new business formation, develops targeted strategic and financial investor bases, and drives marketing, business/corporate development and operations.

Abell, a native of Buffalo, NY, founded the Buffalo Expat Network (BEN)--a social network with a mission to build a community of Buffalo expatriates around the world and, from this network, drive opportunity back to Buffalo—in 2010. As a result of his work with BEN, he has become fully reengaged in the Buffalo's revitalization.

As he spent more time in Buffalo, and witnessed the incredible growth of the creative class in the post-industrial city, Abell recognized an opportunity to enhance the commercial opportunities for local, regional, and internationally-based artists, and founded echo Art Fair in 2011. The fair is the first venture Abell launched in his creative business incubator, Echo Creative Ventures.

Within three years, the fair has grown significantly in terms of attendees and geographic representation of artists and collectors. The event, which encompasses three days of tours of private collections, panel discussions on collecting art, parties and the art fair itself, is an important addition to the incredibly rich and vibrant arts scene in Buffalo.

Cori Wolff, Site-Specific Project Curator

Cori Wolff is the executive and artistic director of Buffalo Arts Studio (BAS) in Buffalo, NY, and the exhibitions curator of the Olean Public Library Visual Arts Program in Olean, NY, where she strives to present aesthetically and conceptually compelling solo and group shows by emerging and renowned local, national, and international artists.  

Wolff began her career in the arts with internships at Artists Space and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City as part of the University of Rochester’s Art New York Program before transferring to Buffalo, where she worked as an art preparator and assistant to artist-in-residence Ingrid Calame at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.  Concurrently, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Philosophy, Master of Arts in Art History, and Graduate Certificate in Critical Museum Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo, through which she was awarded a graduate assistantship in the Visual Resources Collection and completed curatorial internships at Big Orbit Gallery, CEPA Gallery, and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.

Wolff was awarded “Best Curator” (2013), “Best Arts Administrator” (2012), and “Best Curator(s)” (with the Beyond/In WNY team in 2011) in Buffalo Spree Magazine’s “Best of Western New York” awards.  She was also named “30 Under Thirty” by Business First and identified as a “Forward Thinker” by the Buffalo Niagara Visitors Bureau in 2013.  Significant exhibitions curated at BAS include NYC-based artist Takashi Horisaki’s residency, Social Dress Buffalo:  The Past Reflecting the Future; Beyond/In Western New York 2010: Alternating Currents, a highly commended multi-venue biennial that featured permanent installations and site-specific works by local and non-regional artists throughout the city; and Evolution | Revolution:  The 20th Anniversary Exhibition.

Wolff currently serves as membership co-chair and strategic planning/steering committee member of the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance and is an active member of the Leadership Buffalo Rising Leaders Program and Emerging Leaders in the Arts Buffalo.  She regularly teaches an artists’ workshop titled Portfolios and Proposals at BAS, writes creatively for Spark Art Magazine in Buffalo, and was recently invited as a guest curator of an international catalogue of the Luciano Benetton Collection of American Art, Italy.  Wolff is involved with several arts and cultural organizations, where she has served as a juror, panel member, presenter, independent curator, and volunteer.  

Wolff is honored to be part of the Buffalo arts community, the talents of whom continue to inspire her.

Ilana Chlebowski, Director of Marketing 

Ilana Chlebowski is an arts administrator and artist. 

As former Curatorial Assistant, she managed many aspects of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s exhibitions and acquisition of contemporary art. Chlebowski founded the museum’s Tumblr blog, inaugurating it with her insightful, down-to-earth coverage of the 2010 installation of the Sol LeWitt wall drawing. 

Chlebowski has interned with Pistachio Press, the nationally acclaimed, eco-friendly printshop in Rochester, New York, and at the Lower East Side Print Shop, a resource for contemporary print collectors for decades, in New York City. She has worked as an assistant to photographer John Pfahl, as Subscription Manager for the arts journal, Afterimage, and as an adjunct art instructor at Medaille College.

Chlebowski has been a panelist at Nardin Academy’s Forum, a guest speaker at the Buffalo State College Conservation Department, and has screened artwork at Squeaky Wheel.

She holds an MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York and a BA in Art and Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Currently, Chlebowski runs her business, a documentary photography, video production, and writing studio.

Laine Walnicki, Director of Technical Logistics

Laine Walnicki came to Buffalo in 2009 with her Buffalo-born husband. She hails from Colorado where she graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Communications and worked as volunteer coordinator for homeless shelter and food pantry.

Walnicki has worked in Development at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and is currently on the Board of the Allentown Association, serving as board Secretary and on the Membership and Communications committees. She lives in Allentown where she is working hard to get her yard in shape for Garden Walk someday. 

Sarah JM Kolberg, Advisor

Sarah JM Kolberg is an independent PR and political strategy consultant to a wide variety of clients with an emphasis on arts and cultural not-for-profits. After more than a decade working for former Assembly member, and champion of the arts, Sam Hoyt, she left her position as Sam’s Chief of Staff to return to graduate school, and is currently a PhD candidate in Visual Studies, as well as an MFA candidate in Media Study.  She teaches as an adjunct faculty member in Media Study and holds a joint MAH in Film Studies and English.

She is an award winning independent film producer, and her current documentary, which is funded by West Virginia University, the National Science Foundation, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and the NASA Space Grant Program, focuses on a unique program which engages high school students in research discovering pulsars (a special type of collapsed star). This project enables her to spend considerable time at the Green Bank Telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia: one of the most amazing places on earth.     

Kohlberg sits on several local boards, including the Arts Services Initiative, donates time as a pro-bono advisor to several cultural groups, both emerging and established, and is an avid collector of local and emerging artists.