Franklin Street Works is a new, not-for-profit contemporary art space, café, and social gathering place in Stamford, Connecticut. It produces original on-site and off-site exhibitions, artist projects, and related programming. Located in renovated row houses on Franklin Street, the two-story space includes three galleries and a café. Franklin Street Works embraces innovative art and exhibition practices, a DIY attitude, and a workshop approach to its programming, audiences, and organizational structure. The activities and attitudes of the café reflect and expand on the organization’s mission as a contemporary art venue.

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

Sandrine Milet
Gallery Manager and Curatorial Assistant

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Abigail Gorman
Roanoke College, Art History

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.

Cynthia Roznoy, Board Secretary
Cynthia Roznoy (Co-founder and Board member since 2002) is the Secretary of the Board of Directors at Franklin Street Works.  She works as curator at Mattituck Museum and Arts Center.  Dr. Roznoy holds a Ph.D in Art History from City University of New York Graduate Center in Manhattan, New York.  Her contribution to the arts in this region is long standing; and she has formerly worked as branch manager and curator for the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1989 to 2001.

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.

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.

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.

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.