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History of the Stamford Art Association

I think a good way to start this blog is by talking a little about the History of the Stamford Art Association.

The SAA was founded in 1971 as a non profit corporation. In those years presenting art exhibition both national and local, working with students, and reaching out to the community, have been a continuing part of the organization’s activities. Shows held both at the Stamford Art Association Gallery and in other locations are free and open to the public.

SAA early days

We have operated as a volunteer organization, and have put on national shows as well as regional and local ones, among which are the Annual Faber Birren Color Award Shows. In recent years this show has had 800-1000 entries and jurors from the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, or the Guggenheim Museum, with entries coming from most of the states in the US.

SAA old logo

Our artists, under the auspices of the SAA, have exhibited at the Rehabilitation Center of Southwestern CT, various corporate sites (most recently Towers Perrin in Stamford), St. Luke Community Center (which provides housing and guidance to families and individuals who would otherwise be homeless), the Stamford Museum and Natural Center, the Stamford Historical Society, the Ferguson Library, and UCONN, Stamford.


For over 27 years the SAA has had and annual High School Scholarship Show and and a Art Exhibition, (with the number of participating High Schools increasing) for students planning to continue their art studies. Foundations, friends and members have contributed Awards, totaling about $3000 annually. The top awards are scholarships that go directly to the colleges.

SAA early days 1

In its years of operation, the SAA has participated in or initiated a large number of events, both in our Gallery and elsewhere in the community.

Due to the foresight of some of its founders, the Stamford Art Association has owned the Townhouse that it occupies, at 39 Franklin Street, Stamford since 1973, indicating our stability.

We have attempted and succeeded in bringing in new artists and audiences by instituting New Member Shows in 1999-2000 that  have increased public participation and artistic opportunities.

SAA early days 2

During 1995-1998 the SAA undertook an extensive building renovation program while continuing its normal exhibition schedule.

The SAA has made every effort to be inclusive to all members  of the community and will continue to do so because of our belief that the arts bring new dimensions and enrich people’s lives.

SAA early days 3

Memories of the first years of the Stamford Art Association, a reminder of all those people who were involved and times in the past, photomontage created by Elsie Ralph

Stamford Art Association
39 Franklin St. Stamford CT 06901