The Los Angeles Art Association accepts the Art to Life Award

[caption id="attachment_2015" align="alignnone" width="577"]From left to right, Shelly Reid, Homeira Goldstein, Howard Fox, Suzanne Deal Booth, Peter Mays, and Agapi Stassinopoulos at the Los Angeles Art Association’s Emerging Artists Awards.[/caption]

The Los Angeles Art Association was founded in the 1925 as the Museum Patrons Association. In 1933, it changed its name to its current one, becoming an independent organization. In 1937, LAAA was the first venue in Southern California to show Marcel Duchamp’s painting Nude Descending a Staircase. In 1960, the nonprofit LAAA moved to its current address at 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, in the area now known as gallery row. Also known as Gallery 825, the association’s 2,000 square feet of exhibition space remains dedicated to showing emerging artists.

Peter Mays, executive director of the LAAA, explains that the organization finds emerging artists not yet known by more conventional galleries, then mentors them in a holistic manner. Dan Goldman, gallery manager, adds, “This organization is unique in Los Angeles. It nurtures the careers of emerging artists without the emphasis on salability.”

“The organization is experiencing a true renaissance,” says Shelley Reid, an attorney at Fox TV and LAAA board member. “This historic visual arts non-profit will be a moving force in cultivating and guiding the best and brightest in the Los Angeles emerging art scene. It is truly the most exciting cultural environment in Los Angeles.”

York Chang, also an attorney, adds, “I was an artist member for several years, and now serve as chair of the board of directors. Gallery 825 brings together an unprecedented audience of respected critics, curators, and art patrons who support these artists’ projects and work.”