echo Art Fair, a juried fine art exposition, connects experienced collectors and first-time buyers with emerging and established local, regional and international artists in a centralized and creative environment. It provides fine art enthusiasts—at all levels—an opportunity to learn more about collecting and/or experiencing art.

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. The Submission Period for artists and dealers interested to participate in echo Art Fair 2016 will launch on October 5, 2015, with a deadline for submissions on January 8, 2016. The Submission Period for the site-specific portion of the fair will begin November 2, 2015, with a deadline of February 5, 2016. A detailed announcement about the Submission Period will release soon.

echo Art Fair was founded and launched in Buffalo, NY in 2011 and, in under five 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 2014, which was attended by a crowd of more than 7,000 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; conversely, in 2014, 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.  

The scope of echo Art Fair expands in 2016 to include Light Industry--an art section featuring architecture. Light Industry will be driven by Jordan Geiger, Associate Professor of UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, which will curate, rather than jury, a focused and concept-driven experience of contemporary architecture as it emerges in Buffalo. The 2016 venue for the fair, which was, in part, built by the most influential industrial architect, Albert Kahn, offers an ideal opportunity by which to showcase the intersection of fine art and architecture. 

In 2008, Jon M. Williams, CEO of OSC Manufacturing & Equipment Services Inc., purchased the former American Axle plant on Buffalo’s East Side. Since that time, Williams has diligently uncovered the iconic Kahn designed factory, and improved the footprint of the vast one million square foot plant. Williams sees how invested his neighbors are in the area and is equally interested in finding productive new purposes for the space.

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, and look forward to seeing you at echo Art Fair 2016. 


About Team echo 



E. Frits Abell is an entrepreneur who has helped establish several companies over the past 18 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, co-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 social venture incubator, Impact Industries (www.impact-industries.com).


Kristine, a Buffalo native, returned to her hometown in 2013 after living in Seattle for 12 years. She owned and operated a multi-faceted events company, and was devoted to the Pacific Northwest contemporary art scene. Kristine started a catering business while earning her degree in painting and photography, only to later move into large scale event coordination.

Kristine catered and ran the Henry Art Gallery Annual Gala and Bi-Annual Summer Bash in Seattle. Most recently, she coordinated the 2014 Buffalo Police Athletic League’s Auction. The Pottles are art collectors, as well as entertainers. They have settled back in North Buffalo, where they grew up.


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. 


Jordan Geiger is an designer and educator whose work crosses architecture and interaction design, considering implications of human computer interaction for social and environmental issues. He has practiced in New York, Berlin, San Francisco and now Buffalo, with work on projects ranging from an olympic sports complex to temporary event spaces, galleries, and residences. Geiger currently lectures, exhibits and publishes internationally on theoretical research and on his projects, which frequently investigate globalization's design problems at many scales.

At the University at Buffalo, he is Assistant Professor of Architecture, and member of the department's Center for Architecture and Situated Technologies. Geiger has also taught architecture, urban design and advanced interdisciplinary studios and seminars at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, at UC Berkeley, and at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

He is editor of the book, Entr'acte: Performing Publics, Pervasive Media and Architecture. This volume of essays explores ephemeral and interstitial formations of publics and of public space with the proliferation of new technologies.