Our mission is to manifest what is happening in contemporary art in a professional setting that is welcoming and inclusive.

Franklin Street, originally called the “Northfield Road,” was named after Franklin Adams, son of the area’s principal developer, Nathaniel Adams. This row of brick townhouses was constructed between 1886 and 1890, and, as such, was one of the last structures erected on the street. They remained under single ownership until the 1920’s, at which time they were sold to individual families. One of the row’s most outstanding features is the decorative brickwork that marks the roofline. This type of brickwork, called corbelling, was a popular motif on masonry structures of the period and showed the influence of Northern Italian architecture. In addition to the decorative brickwork, much of the original detail remains including the handsome hooded entryways. When first constructed, the row was unpainted and treated as a single unit. Over the years, the subsequent owners, in an effort to personalize their homes, painted them different colors, altered the front doors and erected fences to delineate their property.

Terri C. Smith
Creative Director
203-253-0404 cell

Bonnie Wattles
Executive Director
203-595-5211; cell: 914-450-4963

interns at franklin street works

Michelle Rakowsky: Fairfield University

Zoe Schneider: RISD

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Kathryn Emmett, Board President

Kathryn Emmett is the founder and Board President of Franklin Street Works.  She has resided in Stamford since 1976 and is involved in a number of community activities in Stamford.  At Franklin Street Works, she envisioned creating a space for interaction and engagement with contemporary art. Kathy is a partner in the law firm of Emmett & Glander, also located on Franklin Street, and practices in the areas of employment law, civil rights and personal injury litigation. Throughout her forty-two year career, Emmett has litigated a number of important civil rights and groundbreaking cases for women and other disadvantaged clients. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.  Before founding Emmett & Glander in 1990, Ms. Emmett was a Visiting Scholar at the Yale Law School, and served as Judge of the Connecticut Superior Court where she was assigned as the Presiding Judge of Civil, as well as Criminal, in the Stamford/Norwalk Judicial District.

Michael Bischoff

Michael Bischoff (Board Member since 2014) is a third-generation architect and a partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects. Michael has contributed significantly to his firm as a lead designer and project architect in a wide array of projects, including those for educational institutions, public and private corporations, and commercial developers. Mr. Bischoff leads the efforts of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in sustainability and has designed projects with pioneering advances in energy-efficient building envelopes and sustainable workplace environments. Mr. Bischoff maintains an active role within the academic community, having contributed as a design critic at Harvard and Princeton universities, Parsons School of Design and The City College of New York. Prior to joining Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Mr. Bischoff spent two years in the studio of José Rafael Moneo Arquitecto, Madrid. Mr. Bischoff received his master’s degree from Harvard University, where he was awarded the AIA Certificate of Merit for Excellence in the Study of Architecture. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sharon Chrust

Sharon Chrust (Board Member since 2015) has been involved in the Contemporary Art market for over 25 years. She founded Sharon Chrust & Associates in 2003 which provides appraisal and art consulting services to private and corporate clients and currently serves as Executive Board Member of the Appraisers Association of America. In addition, Sharon is an adjunct instructor at New York University in the Appraisal Studies Certificate program.  Prior to starting Sharon Chrust & Associates, Sharon was a gallery director at the Waterside Art Gallery in Stamford, CT, a docent at the Whitney Museum of American Art and worked in the public relations department of the Cooper Hewitt Museum. She has a Masters in Art History from Hunter College, a BA from Boston University, has completed the Certificate of Appraisal Studies at NYU and has passed the Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice Exam.

Lynne Colatrella

Lynne Colatrella (Board member since 2014) is the Vice President of Events and Marketing for the Stamford Downtown Special Services District and has been instrumental in the economic success of the downtown.  As a producer of events, Lynne has taken small budget events and turned them into regional happenings with audience draws from as far away as New Hampshire. Lynne has been in the non-profit sector for over 25 years and is the co-founder and former Executive Director of Curtain Call, Inc.  As a volunteer, Lynne has successfully helped to raise millions of dollars for The Big Buddy Program in Baton Rouge, Curtain Call, The Mickey Lione Foundation, The Ferguson Library, Stamford Center for the Arts, Governor Malloy’s Inauguration Ball, The Mill River and The Sexual Assault Crisis and Education Center. Lynne is a member of the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) and is also an accomplished actress, singer and stage director.

John T. Fifield

John T. Fifield (Board Member since 2010) is the founding principal of Fifield Piaker Elman Architects, originally established in 1984 as John T. Fifield Associates. He serves as principal in charge for a wide variety of residential, commercial, and retail projects. He also leads the firm’s Connecticut residential design practice. He is experienced in finding architectural solutions for the renovation and restoration of existing historic and landmarked buildings and is dedicated to the creation of well-executed, client-focused projects and buildings. John received his Bachelor of Arts degree and his Master of Architecture degree from Washington University, St. Louis. He was the recipient of several awards including the AIA School medal, The Whitman Prize for Design Excellence, and the Alpha Rho Chi medal. He is a United States Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Green Building Council, the American Institute of Architects National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the Westport Historical Society, and the Westport School Construction Committee.

Mark Lorusso

Mark Lorusso (Board Member since 2011) is a partner in the Northeast Region of McGladrey – Assurance, Tax and Consulting. He serves a diversified client base and is extensively involved in the tax planning and compliance for both SEC and privately held middle-market businesses and their stakeholders. Mark Lorusso is a member of Private Equity Industry Group and the Food and Beverage Industry Group in McGladrey’s Northeast Region.  He has a degree in accounting from the University of Connecticut School of Business and is a certified public accountant.  He is active in the Boy Scouts of America and the Stamford Tax Association.

Tracy McKenna  

Tracy McKenna (Board Member since 2016) is currently a curator and member of the Flinn Gallery Selections Committee as well as a member of the Exhibitions Committee of the Greenwich Historical Society. She was the Chair of the Greenwich Library’s Flinn Gallery from 2013-2016. In addition to her role on their executive committee, she has curated several well-received shows of contemporary art. Tracy brings experience in development and special events from her work with the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. She has also served on numerous PTA curricular and arts-related committees in Greenwich’s Title I schools.

Tom O’Connor

Tom O’Connor (Board Member since 2010) is an art historian and essayist who lives in Westport, Connecticut.  He has been teaching art history at the School of Visual Arts for more than twenty-five years and has served on various arts-related boards in his community, including Westport Schools’ Permanent Art Collection Committee, Art Smarts, Westport Arts Advisory Board, and the Westport Arts Center’s Board of Directors and as their Visual Arts Committee co-chair.

Youcef Oudjidane

Youcef Oudjidane (Board member since 2014) is an Associate at Solebury Capital LLC of Stamford, CT. Prior to joining Solebury, Youcef worked as a Securities Analyst for Banyan Global Investment Advisors in Boca Raton, Florida.  Youcef graduated with an MBA in Financial Valuation and Investment Management from Lynn University in 2013. His undergraduate degree is in Mathematics from University of Nottingham.

Richard W. Redniss

Richard W. Redniss (Board Member since 2003) is President of Redniss & Mead, Inc., a design and consulting firm specializing in land use, site engineering, surveying and planning & zoning consulting.  In his more than thirty years of practice, Mr. Redniss has worked on countless public, private, and non-profit initiatives to help enliven Downtown Stamford.  These have included historic preservation projects, the Mill River Corridor, movie theaters, pedestrian-oriented retail, affordable housing, and commercial, mixed use and residential developments. Mr. Redniss’ efforts have been recognized with citations and awards from: The Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, State of Connecticut General Assembly, Home Builders Association of Connecticut, New Neighborhoods Inc., Stamford Land Conservation Trust and Stamford’s Downtown Special Services District.

Abigail Schultz

Abigail Schultz (Board Member since 2015) currently works at AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health nonprofit organization based in Stamford, CT. Abigail spent two and a half years on the Institutional Relations team, which is responsible for securing corporate and foundation grants to support AmeriCares humanitarian assistance work. She recently became a Senior Associate on AmeriCares Latin America and Caribbean Partnerships team. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the delivery of medical aid and implementing emergency management and public health programs in the region. Abigail received her B.A. in Communications and International Studies from Saint Louis University of Madrid in Madrid, Spain. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, painting, cooking and hiking.

Caroline Vary 

Caroline Vary (Board Member since 2016) is Managing Director of the Jonathan Rose Companies. Caroline brings over 18 years of experience in design, construction, development, asset management and leasing and financing to her role as a Director of the Connecticut Office. Ms. Vary joined Jonathan Rose Companies in 2007 to lead development projects in the Connecticut regional office. She oversees all aspects of real estate development and construction, including: pre-development planning, due diligence activities, contract negotiations, oversight of consultants and contractors, coordination with partners as well as city and state government offices, reporting to lenders, community relations, coordination of marketing and leasing efforts and oversight of property management. Ms. Vary is currently overseeing the residential component of the mixed-use Stamford Metro Green Development, a 5-acre transit-oriented development site immediately adjacent to the Stamford train station.  Ms. Vary received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture with a focus on urban planning and renewal, as well as housing design from the Rhode Island School of Design.  Ms. Vary is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a frequent speaker at multiple trade related organizations in both New York and Connecticut.