South Bay Contemporary SoLA is a non-profit art organization supporting advanced explorations in Contemporary art. SBC 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. SBC SoLA connects local, national and international artists providing an innovative place for community to discover creative freedom within the open structure of contemporary art.
South Bay Contemporary SoLA connects the South Bay and Los Angeles communities through contemporary art, with innovative projects and high quality 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:
SBC 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 bridging South Bay with LA and combining contemporary art with local cultural issues and real-world developments, SBC SoLA brings focus and perspective in a way that provokes thought and consideration.
Goals: SBC SoLA is an all volunteer run, non profit art organization. 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.
From the Founding Director:
I would like to introduce you to SoLA Gallery, a new permanent space for contemporary art located on Slauson Avenue, 4 blocks west of Crenshaw Blvd in Los Angeles. SoLA Gallery is a part of South Bay Contemporary, a non-profit (501c3) organization, established in 2013 and dedicated to connecting the South Bay and Los Angeles communities through contemporary art, with innovative projects, art education and high-quality exhibitions reflecting our diverse culture and today’s issues. Our current focus is on community outreach through art education.
As the founding director, I have a background in gallery – non-profit administration and public-school art education for more than 20 years. Since moving our gallery to LA in March 2017 we have hosted 12 diverse art exhibitions, enriched with public workshops and related events. We have formed Advisory committees, an International Artist in Residence program, Weekly Portfolio Reviews, Professional Artist Groups, a Gallery Membership Program and Free Weekend Art Workshops for the community.
- Black Women Artists Advisory Committee: Helping navigate SoLA into the local community in support of art and artists.
- Arts and Literacy Education: Developing free public projects to enrich and strengthen families in our local communities and supporting children’s literacy development through quality arts education. Free Weekend Art Workshops.
- Portfolio Reviews: Reviewing local artists’ work in consideration for Gallery exhibition.
- Artist in Residence International: Selected artist is offered room, board and studio space for one month including an exhibition of work produced during residency. Past residencies: Meeson Pae Yang (Korea), Sudrak Khongpuang (Thailand).
- Professional artists groups: Monthly meetings of 7-12 artists to discuss and analyze their art work. Gallery exhibition at end of year.
- Membership: Benefits include free entry into juried exhibitions and option to join critique group / propose a solo show.
SBC SoLA board and staff are involved in the activities of the LA Art Scene as artists and supporters including projects with LA Art Core and SoCal Women’s Caucus for Art. SBC 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. SBC SoLA is supported by fundraising events, membership, contributions and grants from California Arts Council, LA Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Kaman Foundation.
SoLA Arts and Literacy program is currently hosting Free Weekend Art Workshops.
These workshops are different each week, led by the artists whose work is on display in the gallery. The projects are planned for all ages and engage all levels from beginners to established artists. Parents and children are encouraged to participate together. Participants will leave with their own work of art. (See Monthly Workshop Schedule)
We invite you to visit us during one of our events or regular gallery hours on Saturdays,
1 – 5 or by appointment. We are working on development of an intern program to allow us to stay open additional days/hours. We are reaching out for collaboration in order to be relevant, inclusive and inspiring for the surrounding community and we really hope to see you!
Peggy Sivert Zask, Executive Director, SBC SoLA