The Echo Art Fair, founded by E. Frits Abell in 2011 with the aim of fostering a larger local art market, will move to an East Side industrial complex for its next iteration in May, 2016.
The fair will take place May 13-15 in the East Delavan Avenue headquarters of local company OSC Manufacturing and Equipment Services, housed in a sprawling former American Axle plant designed in part by the famed industrial architect Albert Kahn.
Abell characterized the move as an attempt to include the East Side in the city's ongoing revival.
"We are extremely excited to hold echo Art Fair at OSC, an incredible site that speaks to Buffalo’s rich industrial heritage," Abell said in a statement. "OSC is increasingly a beacon on Buffalo’s East Side–an area that needs inclusion in Buffalo's renaissance.”
New to the fair in 2016 is a focus on architecture. It will take the form of "Light Industries," an exhibition curated by members of the University at Buffalo's architecture and planning department and designed as "a focused and concept-driven experience of contemporary architecture as it emerges in Buffalo."
As in past versions of the fair, individual artists will be selected by a jury made up of gallery and museum curators and directors from Buffalo and beyond. Various galleries will also be represented, and the fair will also include series of site-specific installations.
Artists can begin submitting their work for consideration on Oct. 5. Visit echoartfair.com for more information.
A few more glimpses into the raw space that will host the fair: