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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 raised her four sons in the community surrounding SoLA Contemporary and is a devoted advocate for community healing and development.   She is a retired analyst from the City of Los Angeles, where she specialized in managing workplace disputes. She organizes the First Friday Open Mic here at SoLA and is currently developing a mentor based non-traditional career pathway program for youth in South LA.  Her vision is to level the playing field so all may compete fairly to gain access to housing, health, and education.


Dellis Frank

Dellis Frank is currently a full-time artist. Her passion is visual art and Arts Education, specifically fiber sculptures. Previously she taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she was a staunch advocate for Arts Education. Dellis participated in advocating for and the writing of the Media Arts curriculum and standards that was eventually separated from the Visual arts standards as a stand-alone discipline. Dellis is a wife, mother of three and grandmother to two and she resides in Lomita, California.


Won Sil Kim

New board member: Won Sil Kim 

More information coming soon.


Staff

Executive Director/Curator: Peggy Sivert Zask was born and raised in Los Angeles and has a BA Art CSULB / MA Humanities CSUDH. She is an artist, art educator and the founder of SoLA Contemporary which originated as a nonprofit in 2013 in San Pedro, Calif., as South Bay Contemporary. Her mixed media sculpture work has been shown throughout Los Angeles and internationally. 


Tatum Hawkins

Director: Tatum Hawkins leads the on-site operations of SoLA interfacing with the community and overseeing communications with media and fellow arts organizations. She also collaborates with curators and artists to organize the consecutive rotation of exhibitions and community programming. Throughout her career as a writer and PR professional, Tatum has worked at various agencies, large corporations, magazines, lifestyle websites and as the owner of her own PR consulting business. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and is a co-parent to 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, SoLA)  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.


SoLA Building Security: Constant Saulet Sr., is originally from New Orleans, Loiusiana. Saulet had a 50+ year career as a professional painter for LA County. He lives nearby (on the same block as SoLA) and is able to constantly oversee the security of the building. Saulet has been working with SoLA since 2017.


Advisory Committee

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.


Kristie Metoyer

Advisor: Kristie Metoyer earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Art. Before working in County services, she was an instructional artist to youth. In her art practice, she finds influence in vibrant colors, patterns, and textures.


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.