Loft Artists Association began in 1978 as the vision of three artists living and working in the Yale & Towne factory building.
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The Loft Artists Association (LAA) began in 1978 as the vision of 3 artists; sculptor James Jackson Burt, painter Sophia Gevas and folk art curator Dan Prince. These artists moved into the former Yale and Towne Lock Factory building to work and live. Soon, others followed, including internationally renowned sculptor, Reuben Nakian, and such was the beginning of what has become Stamford’s premier visual arts organization dedicated to creating mutually beneficial ties between the creative individual and the community.
Hundreds of artists have passed through the LAA, each contributing to the health and well being of Stamford.
It was during these early years that the artists opened their doors and put out the welcome mat to host the first Open Studios weekend. Art, music, films and dramatic events took place with guest attendance far above expectations. As many as 4,000 visitors have come over a single weekend to roam through the lofts, meet the artists and discuss the art work.
Over the course of 40 years, the Loft Artists have received grants from the Stamford Coliseum Authority, Pitney Bowes, Xerox, Heyman Properties, The Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation, The Louis J. Kuriansky Foundation, the City Arts Partnership Program, Connecticut Commission on the Arts and many private individuals and local businesses. All grants are used to support the LAA’s annual programming of workshops and gallery initiatives that foster cultural awareness and promote art education in the City of Stamford.
The LAA has known three homes in the South End of Stamford over the past 40 years; 1978 – 2006 at the former Yale and Towne Factory site where as many as 75 artists were members, the second home at 845 Canal Street from 2006 -2013 and now, since 2013, our building at 575 Pacific Street, which houses 14 studios and two exhibition galleries that also used for workshops and our Open Studios event.