About Us

We are located at 3718 West Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043

Previously known as South Bay Contemporary, South LA (SoLA) Contemporary is a nonprofit art organization supporting advanced explorations in contemporary art. SoLA welcomes curators and artists who are tapping into issues of our time to produce and present art that expands on current perspectives of diverse culture. SoLA connects local, national and international artists providing an innovative and open space for the community to discover creative freedom within the structure of contemporary art.

Our Mission:

South LA (SoLA) Contemporary is a nonprofit, artist-run organization that serves as a cornerstone for cultural and artistic innovation in South Los Angeles. Our goal is to advocate for change by empowering people from diverse backgrounds to take risks in their endeavors and to explore the intersection of art, culture, society and politics. Above all, SoLA Contemporary is a safe and receptive space for anyone seeking to experience
the power of contemporary art.

Our Vision:

SoLA Contemporary provides a dedicated space in South Los Angeles for art exhibition and self-expression, empowering diverse contemporary artists and community to lead the way to a more equitable future.

What We Do:

SoLA hosts multiple events each year including art exhibitions, performances, artist talks, critique groups, educational workshops and more. Each program combines contemporary art with topics related to outside disciplines such as science and humanities. Some of our past shows have focused on environmental consciousness, Native American activists, relationships between art and science, Object Oriented Ontology and more.

The world is constantly evolving with breakthroughs in science, technology, philosophy, even politics. As the world changes so does contemporary thought and understanding.  By combining contemporary art with local cultural issues and real-world developments, SoLA brings focus and perspective in a way that provokes thought and consideration.

Goals:  Our objective is to gather a community of artists and supporters who would like to collaborate and help establish programming in art education, exhibitions and events encompassing art of our contemporary culture.

Originally named South Bay Contemporary, the organization was founded by Peggy Sivert Zask in 2013 in Palos Verdes and then moved to San Pedro in 2015. In March 2017, we relocated to the Crenshaw district of South Los Angeles with the help of artist / art educator, Linda Jo Russell, the building owner who generously offered to share her space. Being located on historic Slauson Avenue has introduced us to a new community of supporters who are inspired to enhance our vision and help build the gallery to reflect the diverse perspectives of this culturally rich section of LA. Since making our move, we’ve transitioned our name to South LA (SoLA) Contemporary.

Since moving our gallery to LA in March 2017 we have established these programs

  • Artists Advisory Committee: Artists and supporters who help navigate SoLA in the local community in support of art and artists. Board and staff
  • Free Weekend Art Workshops:  Free public art projects to enrich and strengthen families in our local communities through quality arts education. Free Art Workshops
  • Portfolio Reviews for Local Artists
  • Artist in Residence International: One month artist residency including room/board for art production and exhibition. Residencies
  • Creative Practice groups:  Small groups discuss and analyze their artwork. Gallery exhibition at end of year. Participating Artists
  • Membership: Benefits include free entry into juried exhibitions and option to join creative practice group / propose a solo show. Membership
  • Sequential Art Program for Homeless and Transitional Individuals: Collaboration with LA County Dept of Health (GettLove.org) and LA County Dept of Mental Health (Portals)
  • Open Mic Nite/First Fridays: Every first Friday of the month the community is invited to share their art through the power of the spoken word.

SoLA board and staff are involved in the activities of the LA Art Scene as artists and supporters including projects with LA Artcore and SoCal Women’s Caucus for Art. SoLA is listed and reviewed in major online and print publications such as Visual Art Source (Art Scene), Artillery magazine, Art Week, Art Forum, Art Slant, Diversions LA, Art and Cake and more. SoLA is supported by fundraising events, membership, donations, and grants from Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture (LACAC), Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Kaman Foundation (Kaman), and GettLove Foundation (GettLove).

We invite you to visit us during one of our events, regular gallery hours, or by appointment. We have a small staff and continue to develop our intern program. We are reaching out to you and share our wish to be relevant, inclusive and inspiring! We really hope to see you!

Intern Opportunities:  If you are interested in learning the ins and outs of working at a nonprofit, running an art gallery, and helping us with our rotation of art exhibits, please send a cover letter and resume to info@solacontemporary.com. This is a flexible, part-time position, with the opportunity to work remotely as well as at the gallery.

SoLA Contemporary is supported, in part, by

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
The Kaman Foundation