Founded in 1935 by Professor Garth Howland of Lehigh University, the LAA continues as an organization for amateur and professional artists in the Lehigh Valley, and as a cultural and educational entity for the people of the area.

The LAA has always attempted to serve both the artist and the community equally. Juried exhibitions give the artist an opportunity to display their work, and give the appreciators of art an opportunity to view what regional artists are producing. Various Lehigh Valley institutions have graciously contributed the use of their exhibition space to the LAA. Among these are the Allentown Art Museum, The Baum School of Art, Lehigh University, Moravian College Payne Gallery, Muhlenberg College, and The Banana Factory.

Our Mission

The mission of the Lehigh Art Alliance is to support local artists with exhibition opportunities as well as to offer exposure through our website ( Our Flash News e-mails provide information about local art events, as well as publicize the activities and accomplishments our members.

Exhibition of an artist’s work through the LAA’s shows often leads to opportunities to exhibit in the community. Examples include LAA small group shows at: the Nurture/Nature Center in Easton, the Nazareth Center for the Arts and the Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda.