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Board & Staff

The following individuals support and oversee SoLA Contemporary.

Board of Directors

Linda Jo Russell

President:  Linda Jo Russell was born, raised and educated in Southern California and has pursued parallel careers as art educator and artist. She now teaches in the Otis College of Art and Design. Linda Jo donated the gallery space to SoLA Contemporary and has helped develop it with a studio and a common area for workshops. She brings her academic expertise.

 

 


Shelley Heffler

Secretary:  Shelley Heffler was born and raised in the Bronx, NY.  She was educated at Fashion Institute of Technology and has a masters degree in fine art from CSU Northridge.  She has had a career as an art instructor and is an exhibiting artist with an art studio located in Inglewood.

 

 

 


Nicholette Kominos

Treasurer: Nicholette Kominos has a B.F.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University. She lives and works as an artist in the Los Angeles area. She worked as curatorial assistant and art education at Los Angeles Municipal Gallery at Barnsdall Park. She currently manages a fabrication studio in Los Angeles.

 

 

 


Meg Madison

Treasurer:  Meg Madison is an artist who uses photography to conceptually examine memory, ritual, land use, water, feminism, and aging.

 

 


Brenda Thompson

Community:  Brenda Thompson raised her four sons in the neighborhood here at SoLA Contemporary and is a devoted advocate of community-building. She worked for several years for the County of Los Angeles in health and children services and is currently developing a mentor-oriented career program for young people in South LA.

 


Staff

Peggy Sivert Zask

Executive Director: Peggy Sivert Zaskartist, art educator and founder of SoLA Contemporary.  She has run Zask Gallery since 2006 and founded and ran another nonprofit South Bay Contemporary. Her mixed media sculpture has been shown throughout Los Angeles and internationally. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.

 

 


Tatum Hawkins

Associate Director: Tatum Hawkins oversees communications with media, the general public and fellow artist organizations. She also collaborates with the curators and artists who produce and exhibit, respectively, at SoLA Contemporary to help promote the consecutive rotation of shows and community programming. Throughout her career as a writer and PR professional, Tatum has worked at various PR agencies, large corporations, magazines, lifestyle websites and as the owner of her own PR consulting business. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the Annenberg School of Communication at USC and resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif. with her two young daughters.

 


Alyssa Wynne

Administrative Associate: Alyssa Wynne assists staff and board members with the organization, promotion, and execution of special programs, events, and exhibitions. She works closely with the executive director in grant writing, community outreach, and planning numerous ways to sustain the organization. Alyssa is a writer and arts advocate, residing in Long Beach.

 

 


Ben Zask

Preparator:  Ben Zask was raised in Brooklyn, NY.  He has been involved in running art galleries (BZ framing, Zask Gallery, SBC)  since moving to LA in the 1980s.  He is an assemblage artist with a studio in Rancho Palos Verdes.  He works for SoLA as preparator and curator.

 

 


Advisory Committee

June Edmond

Advisor: June Edmonds, is a Los Angeles-based painter and public artist that has shown her work locally at California African American Museum, Huntington Art Center, Watts Towers Art Center and many more.  June has completed works of public art in the city of LA and has been recipient of grants from Dept of Cultural Affairs in Los Angeles, most recently the CoLA Master Artist Fellowship.

 

 


Sharon Louise Barnes

Advisor: Sharon Barnes is a mixed media painter, sculptor and collage artist.  Born in Sacramento, California she was raised and educated in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 


Holly Tempo

Advisor: Holly Tempo is known for her paintings and site-specific works. Tempo served as faculty in the Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art & Design for 16 years before embarking on a freelance career in 2017. The artist, born in Minneapolis, maintains a studio in Inglewood, California. She is a 2012 recipient of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and in 2017 was selected by the City of Inglewood to do a collaborative series of public artworks as part of the Inglewood Growing Artists Performed Projects (I-GAPP) Program.

 


 

Rosalyn Myles

Advisor: Rosalyn Myles has shown an interest in the arts since she was 10 years old. She expanded to dance and theatre studies at Mills College in Oakland, California. Upon returning to Southern California, her interest shifted behind the camera and she began set dressing and then decorating commercials. While pursuing a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the California College of Arts in Oakland/San Francisco, she experimented with film, photography, print, and various other mediums present in her work today.

 


Lisa Diane Wedgeworth

Advisor: A Los Angeles-based visual artist, Lisa Diane Wedgeworth makes work informed by memory, observation and familial narratives. Her work takes form as painting, video, performance and collected oral histories. From 2015-2016, Lisa exhibited emerging artists in her studio-based project space, PS 2920. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries in Los Angeles including at Louis Stern Fine Arts, Charlie James and the Nan Rae Gallery. In addition to her practice, she teaches foundation art courses at LACC and GCC.

 


Lore Eckelberry

International Consultant:  Lore Eckelberry 

Lore Eckelberry is an international contemporary artist based in Los Angeles, California.  She has worked with many LA art organizations and will bring her expertise in organizing international art exchanges and fundraising.