Paier College

491 University Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604

Founded in 1946, Paier College engages and inspires students by fostering intellectual curiosity and innovation through a curriculum that promotes critical thinking, civic responsibility, and collaboration. Paier College offers educational coursework focused on traditional visual arts, design, marketing, and communications in a personalized manner that prepares successful graduates for careers that meet the evolving needs of society. Paier College alumni have gone on to establish award-winning marketing agencies, illustrate children’s books, and create internationally recognized logos, among myriad other achievements. In 2021, Paier announced its plans to move to a new seaside campus located in Bridgeport, CT on a property formerly controlled by the University of Bridgeport. The new Paier campus is home to renowned educational, artistic, and performing arts spaces, a residence hall dormitory, and breathtaking views of the Connecticut shoreline. Paier celebrated its 75th birthday in 2021, and is poised for a promising next 75 years!

Event: The Legacy of a Collector, Remembering Harry C. Laurie Through the Art He Collected

Bridgeport Art Trail Fundraiser

Sunday, December 12; 2:30 am – 5:30 pm

Join us at the Arnold Bernhard Center for the Arts & Humanities, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport for the annual Bridgeport Art Trail Fundraiser. Purchase your $50 ticket to benefit BAT at portfolio/contribute/ Admission includes: Lite bites and drink, live music by the Hot Club of Black Rock, Acoustic Hot Swing Jazz Collectors and curiosity-seekers can catch a preview of select works from an extensive art collection of impressive artworks on view at this Bridgeport Art Trail fundraiser, while enjoying reception fare and live music by the Hot Club of Black Rock, acoustic Gypsy jazz. This is an exclusive preview as the collection is being catalogued for an auction to be held in 2022. The life of Bridgeport native, Harry Laurie and his passion for collecting art are a jumble spanning from Woodstock to a truck-driving Teamster amassing an impressive collection of art and collectibles, including works by Josef Albers, Banksy, Alice Neel, Shepard Fairey, Robert Rauschenberg, Christo, Andy Warhol, William Wegman and the Spanish abstract painter Antoni Tapias. Laurie was so intrigued by Tapias’ work he traveled to Spain to meet him. Artist/friend Joann Moran has the task of cataloguing the collection. She explains, “To understand the extent of Harry’s collection… it contains 157 signed Shepard Fairey prints alone.” When the pieces are auctioned and sold, a portion of sales will be donated to two Bridgeport arts and culture nonprofits, WPKN radio and City Lights/Bridgeport Art Trail.