September 08, 2006
Peter Mays, Executive Director, Los Angeles Art Association, 9-8-06
Peter Mays, Executive Director, brings his vast experience with creative and nonprofit management to the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA). Mr. Mays believes LAAA is now poised to launch the next phase of the 80-year old organization’s expansion and commitment to Los Angeles’ artistic development. Overseeing all LAAA programs and galleries, including the newest satellite exhibition space in the South Bay, Mr. Mays sees the opening of LAAA South as an opportunity to reintroduce LAAA’s work and mission to existing supporters, as well as new constituencies in the art world and greater Los Angeles community.
Mr. Mays is also an experienced painter, printmaker, book illustrator and graphic designer whose artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums.
LAAA was founded in 1925 to provide the Los Angeles community with the opportunity to view fine art as well as establish a collection of European and American art "for the people of Los Angeles." At the time of its inception, there were very few public venues in L.A. dedicated to the exhibition of art. LAAA's founders included esteemed civic leaders such as Harry Chandler, Rufus Von Kleinsmid, William May Garland and Edward A. Dickson. Many of the LAAA's founders went on to play key roles in the founding of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as well as Otis Art Institute.
Originally named the Museum Patrons' Association, the organization had over 3000 members in its inaugural year. One of LAAA's first triumphs was an exhibition on loan from the Louvre, which featured Whistler's portrait of his mother. In 1934, LAAA hosted a landmark "All-California Art Exhibition" at the Biltmore Salon and featured the work of over 1500 California artists. Many celebrated names have led LAAA throughout its rich history. Lorser Feitelson, internationally renowned artist and host of the 1960s NBC series, "Art in Our Times," served as the LAAA's Director for many years.
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