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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.


Dellis Frank

Vice President: 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.


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.


Won Sil Kim

Won Sil Kim 

Bio coming soon.


Anefertiti Bowman

Anefertiti Bowman

A facilitator by nature and profession, with over 13 years of practice in the arts, social impact and nonprofit, Anefertiti has spearheaded collaborations and fostered relationships which have contributed to institutional advancements and cultural change. As she continues to cultivate her curatorial practice, what remains present mind is her advocacy for “ACCESS” to artists of color, while ensuring their voices are no longer silenced and their authentic narratives are protected and heard.


Adrian White

Adrian White

New York, Los Angeles and North Carolina based photographer Adrian White creates portraiture primarily dealing with memory, trauma and history from the perspective of people of the African diaspora. His goal is to connect with his ancestors by remembering the past, documenting the present and imagining a utopian future.


Claudette Matheney

Akeisha Nabeta

*Image and bio coming soon


Staff

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. 


Alyssa Wynne

Alyssa Wynne manages the website, newsletter, and other digital marketing efforts. She works closely with staff and board members to brainstorm sustainable and inclusive programs for SoLA. Alyssa is a writer and arts advocate, residing in Long Beach.


Julia Zimring

Julia Zimring resides in Los Angeles and holds a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from UC Berkeley. She works primarily as a grant writer, but also contributes to SoLA’s website and works collaboratively on various programs and events. Julia is passionate about community engagement via the arts and education.


Ben Zask

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, Louisiana. 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.


Asha McClendon

Kaitlin Ruby

Sabrina Hernandez

John Lifaite Bayardelle

*Image and bio coming soon


Advisory Committee

Sharon Louise Barnes

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


Kristie Metoyer

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.


Lore Eckelberry

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