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.
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 expanded in 2016 to include Light Industry--an art section featuring architecture. Light Industry was driven by Jordan Geiger, Associate Professor of UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, and encompassed 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, offered an ideal opportunity by which to showcase the intersection of fine art and architecture.
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About Team echo
E. FRITS ABELL, FOUNDER / PRODUCER
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 HORNUNG POTTLE, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
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, 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.
JORDAN GEIGER, CURATOR, ARCHITECTURE SECTION
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.
RACHEL ADAMS, SITE SPECIFIC INSTALLATION CURATOR
Rachel Adams is the newly-appointed Associate Curator for the University at Buffalo Art Galleries. She was most recently the 4th Curator-in-Residence at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR, curating the 2014-15 season with artists including Andy Coolquitt, Bahar Yurukoglu, Kevin Cooley, and Pablo Rasgado. From 2010 to 2013, she was the Associate Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at The Contemporary Austin, curating a number of exhibitions and video projects, including exhibitions with Devon Dikeou, Seher Shah, Amie Siegel and Ragnar Kjartansson. She is the co-founder and co-director with Catherine Gavin and Igor Siddiqui for Field Constructs Design Competition in Austin, which takes place in November of 2015. Prior to moving to Texas, Adams lived in San Francisco and Chicago, curating at Queens Nails Projects and David Cunningham Projects in San Francisco and co-directing Lloyd Dobler Gallery in Chicago from 2006-2008. Her writing has been included in exhibition catalogues for Prospect.3 New Orleans, and the 2012 Texas Prize as well as artforum.com, Art Papers, Art Practical, Modern Painters, and Texas Architect. Adams holds an MA in Exhibition and Museum Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her first exhibition in Buffalo, Splitting Light, opens in September of 2015.
JESSICA M. BRANCH
Jessica, a Bronx, NY native, received her BA with honors in Art History, with minors in both museum studies and history from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh in May 2013. During her time at SUNY Plattsburgh, Jessica worked for Plattsburgh State Art Museum as a Curatorial Intern and then as a Curatorial Assistant. She has co-curated an exhibition on Japanese wood block prints as well as organizing the Plattsburgh State Art Museum senior BFA exhibition show. Shortly after leaving Plattsburgh State, Jessica worked at the Donald Judd Foundation in New York City as a Catalogue Raisonné Research Assistant. Jessica is now a second year Masters candidate in the Arts Management program at the University at Buffalo, where she works as the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for University at Buffalo Theatre and Dance Department.
Fei is a first year graduate student from China who is pursuing a degree in Arts Management at SUNY at Buffalo. As an undergraduate, she gained a lot of practical knowledge about the creation of art; Fei feels strongly that more theoretical knowledge of art would help her comprehend art, so she decided to pursue her graduate degree in Arts Management. Her interest is visual art, and has participated in several art fairs in China--working with echo Art Fair will enhance her knowledge of how art fairs in America are run.
Bei is a first year graduate student from China at SUNY at Buffalo. She majored in multi-media as an undergraduate and, during that period, she experimented with various art forms, such as oil painting, watercolor, installation, photography and video. Apart from making art in her studio, she also worked as translator and curatorial assistant in her professor's art space that welcomed international artists. After graduation, Bei worked as one of the curators in an art museum for two years. Bei is now working on her masters degree at the UB Arts Management Program; she hopes that the field work with echo Art Fair will enhance her studies in arts management.