2024 Open Essex – An Open Air Art Fair @ BICA

Each year, The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art (BICA) hosts an event known as Open Essex, which features a variety of artists in two distinct settings. First, there are the artists featured in the gallery. This year, on Saturday, June 22, the works of Alex Boeschenstein and Hannah Lin will be on display:

Alex Boeschenstein “Silent Terminalia”

In the early Roman world, Terminalia festivals were held annually to celebrate the thresholds between adjoining properties. The boundary stones—frequently a centaur-like combination of a found rock for a base and the carved bust of the god Terminus for a top—around which these festivals took place, demarcated the meeting point of two zones of human dominion and control.  In “Silent Terminalia” Alex Boeschenstein’s uncanny works mark the speculative threshold between the human and the non-human, the known and the unknown, the everyday and the cosmically horrifying.

Hannah Lin “Fringe Scenarios”

This exhibition of works by Hannah Lin blur the line between sculpture and utility, talking the objects and materials we encounter in our daily domestic lives and recasting them into new characters.
Hannah Lin is a designer and ceramicist currently living in Buffalo, NY. Her work merges designed objects and furniture with clay handbuilding techniques to form objects that straddle the line between utility and sculpture. She likes to explore the mundane challenges and experiences of being human through the lens of deadpan humor. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016, and she is currently a participant in BICA School.

Aside from the gallery exhibitions, BICA is also setting up in the parking lot, with installations and an open-air art fair. Featured artists on that day are as follows: wavyH BooneKoalaQuincy Miracle, Emily ConstantinNick MassAngela GuestJP4HireAlison Cortes, and Natalie Hayes & Lucas Cook.

BICA’s third annual Open Essex will take place on June 22 from 3-8 PM at 30 Essex Street. On that day, there will be art, music, food, and activities, as follows:


Through the beginning of the event DJ Chango4 will spin hits for the heat. At 6:30pm enjoy a set by T.T.T.T. (Jacob King)


Crafts with Stitch Buffalo

Leave your mark with chalk anywhere in the parking lot

Food and Drink

Enjoy food, beer, and minimal intervention wines Fingerlakes Wine from Usonia Wine

In the Parking Lot

Open Essex will transform the Essex Street Arts Center parking lot into a vibrant hub of creativity

Open Essex, set to take place on Saturday, June 22 (3pm-8pm), is an all-ages event, so be sure to bring the whole family along. This will be a wonderful opportuning to get familiar with BICA, located at the historic Essex Street Arts Center.

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The Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art (BICA) is an art and education project for Buffalo founded by Nando Alvarez-Perez and Emily Ebba Reynolds. Through innovative exhibitions, cross-disciplinary skills-based programming, and arts ecology development, BICA aims to model the ways culture can sustain communities through focused, practical engagements with contemporary art. Learn more at

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