Los Angeles Art Association

The Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) is a membership-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Southern California artists. LAAA's mission is to provide opportunities, resources, services and exhibition venues for artists living in Southern California, with an emphasis on emerging talent. Founded in 1925, LAAA has launched the art careers of many celebrated artists and has played a central role in the formation of Los Angeles' arts community.

Los Angeles Art Association
Typenonprofit arts organization
  • 825 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90069
Area served
Southern California
ProductsContemporary Art
ServicesExhibition, Mentorship, Artist Career Workshops, Panel discussion, Film & Video 825, Peer Review Groups, Public Art Classes, International Cultural Exchange
Key people
Peter Mays, Nancy Kaye, Midge Lynn, Linda Johannesen, Rebecca Hamm, Michael E. Napoliello, Jr., Melissa Pugash, Neil Wertlieb

Gallery 825 on La Cienega Boulevard is LAAA's exhibition arm for contemporary art. Purchased in 1958, the gallery provides LAAA artists with a professional venue in which to show their work. There are four individual gallery spaces within the main building, which allows the gallery to host four individual programs simultaneously. The largest gallery, the North Gallery, hosts juried group shows, while the smaller galleries (South, Center and Wurdemann) feature solo artist exhibitions.

At this venue, LAAA hosts a wide variety of group shows, solo shows, lectures, workshops and artist talks. All LAAA exhibition opportunities are juried by regional and national art professionals—giving emerging artists access to the highest level decision makers in the art world. Gallery 825 also extends its venue to local non-profit groups in a spirit of collaboration, and to raise the visibility of fellow arts organizations.

Events and Exhibitions in Los Angeles

Solo and Group Shows

Each year, LAAA holds eight shows at Gallery 825 for their artist members. Themes for previous shows involved topics such as the intersection between art and technology; superficial likeness or image in contemporary culture; multiples, patterns and repetition in contemporary art practice. The types of shows include:

  • juried group member shows
  • open juried shows for both members and non-members
  • solo and group shows
  • invitationals
  • proposals

Although most exhibitions only feature members, LAAA has two annual shows available to all Southern Californian artists: the Open Show and Out There. The Open Show occurs every December and has developed into one of the most potent survey exhibitions of emerging art. Out There is a special exhibition that celebrates the LGBT experience during West Hollywood's Pride Month festivities.

Annual Benefit Auction

Art Fairs

  • LA Art Show
  • Photo LA
  • Art Platform
  • Beverly Hills Art Show
  • Palm Springs Fine Art Fair

National and International Presence

United States

  • Harvard
  • Art Basel Miami


  • Art Basel


Other LAAA programs include:

  • Mentoring opportunities for young artists with established artists
  • Ongoing career preparedness and workplace readiness workshops for artists
  • Panel discussions with artists and art historians
  • Film & Video 825 - screenings of local and nationally recognized video artists’ work
  • LAAA Artist Sponsorships
  • Peer Critique Groups
  • Public Art Classes - Ongoing studio art classes
  • International cultural exchange opportunities for LAAA artists

Exclusive Events for Art Supporters

Emerging Arts Leader Awards


  • Shepard Fairey dinner


Non-member artists have two opportunities each year to apply for membership. Screenings are held at the beginning and middle of each calendar year. A seven-member panel composed of art collectors, artist members, LAAA board members and prominent figures from other local art institutions select artists for admission based on the strength of their work and their potential to succeed. There is no defined criteria for acceptance; typically accepted artists are at the stage of development where they are ready to engage in dialogue with the contemporary art world on a domestic and international level.

Guest jurors differ for each screening, thereby allowing for a more objective screening process; previously rejected applicants, who apply again, will always have their work reviewed by a new exhibition committee. Although LAAA has no restriction for the number of admitted artists, the application process has proven to be highly selective. On average, LAAA receives 150 submissions per screening and accepts about 20%.

Notable LAAA Artists

LAAA has approximately 300 artist members. Through LAAA's exposure to notable curators, gallery directors and collectors, artists have exhibited in prestigious museums, international art fairs and commercial galleries.

  • Mei Xian Qiu has had two solo museum exhibitions in New York City and in Los Angeles. Her work has been shown in Photo LA, Art Platform and at the Ping Pong exhibition during Art Basel and Art Basel Miami. Qiu has been featured in ZOOM Photographic Art Magazine, Fabrik Magazine and Artweek.LA.
  • Meeson Pae Yang's solo exhibitions and projects have been shown internationally and nationally at Galerie Kashya Hildebrand (Zurich, Switzerland), FuXin Gallery (Shanghai, China), ArtHK (Hong Kong, China), ARCO (Madrid, Spain), Contemporary Istanbul (Istanbul, Turkey), and LAUNCHLA (Los Angeles, CA). Yang is a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation's California New Visions Award, the Durfee Foundation's ARC award, the Burkhardt Foundation Award, and the Alpay Award. Yang has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, Art Ltd Magazine, Theme Magazine, the Korea Times, and the Los Angeles Times.
  • J.T. Burke worked for 20 years as a nationally recognized advertising photographer and commercial director. In 2010, he mounted his first public exhibition of personal work that was shown in Barcelona Spain, Bristol UK and Santa Barbara, CA. His unique photo digital collage works have been exhibited in galleries and art fairs in New York city and throughout California.
  • Born to Azerbaijani parents in Tehran, Iran in 1984, Marjan Vayghan immigrated to the United States in the Spring of 1995, settling with her family in Los Angeles, California. Marjan continues to live alternately between Teheran and Los Angeles. Her practice is informed by this context of movement and flexible citizenship across both geographical and cultural spaces, and the multiple realities these spaces engender. Vayghan’s solo exhibition at Gallery 825 received wide press and publication, including an interview with the Huffington Post.
  • YaYa Chou has had solo exhibitions at den contemporary art in West Hollywood, Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Indiana, and Gallery 825. Her work was included in group exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art, NY, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, VA, and several southern California galleries. She is the recipient of the 2011 Fellowship at the Lucas Artists Residency, Montalvo Arts Center, CA, and twice she was awarded the Durfee Foundation Grant (2010 and 2007). Chou has received several honors and awards for her animated films.
  • The abstract impressionist artist Tommy Hollenstein has exhibited his paintings throughout Southern California and has been featured in LA Weekly, Angeleno and The Scottsdale Tribune. Tommy’s work resides in the personal collections of numerous well known celebrities and art collectors.


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