We are located at 3718 W. Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043
Previously known as South Bay Contemporary, South LA (SoLA) Contemporary is a non-profit 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 place for community to discover creative freedom within the open structure of contemporary art.
SoLA serves the Los Angeles communities through contemporary art, with innovative projects and intentional exhibitions reflecting our diverse culture and today’s issues.
Develop a new, relevant contemporary art with local community interaction and international participation, with artistic and curatorial experimentation.
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.
South Bay Contemporary, founded by Peggy Sivert Zask in 2013 in Palos Verdes, moved to San Pedro in 2015 where opportunity came knocking. In March 2017, the gallery was moved to South Los Angeles with the help of artist / art educator, Linda Jo Russell, the building owner who generously offered to share her space. SoLA gallery, located on historic Slauson Avenue, has introduced us to a new community of supporters who are inspired to enhance our vision and help build SoLA to reflect the diverse perspectives of this culturally rich Los Angeles. Since making our move, we’ve transitioned 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
- Sequential Art classes for displaced persons with disabilities, sponsored by GettLove.Org GettLove
- 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 art work. 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
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, contributions 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 email@example.com. This is a flexible, part-time position, with the opportunity to work remotely as well as at the gallery.
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