South Bay Contemporary is a non-profit, artist run, alternative art organization supporting advanced explorations in contemporary art. SBC seeks curators and artists who are tapping into today’s current to bring forth exhibitions and experiences that give new perspective to our global culture. SBC is a place for imagination to flourish as creative fusions, hybrids and fictions illuminate the future.

At the LOFT

401 South Mesa Street, third level
San Pedro, Californina 90731
(Call when you arrive for entry)
Phone: (310) 429-0973

Board of Directors


Ben Zask is an artist working exclusively with found objects.  In the past Ben owned an art gallery/framing studio in Redondo Beach (BZ Framing) and was a science teacher for LAUSD.  He has shown in galleries across California mainly in the Los Angeles.

Vice 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 has donated the new South Los Angeles Gallery to SBC and will help develop it with a studio and a common area for workshops. She brings her academic expertise.

Executive Director / Curator

Peggy Sivert is an artist, art educator and founder of SBC and SoLA Gallery. She has run Zask Gallery since 2006 and founded and ran another non profit by the same name (SBC) in the early 90s.  Her work in sculpture and installation has been shown primarily throughout the South Bay and Los Angeles.


Denis Richardson is an artist and designer.  He owned a stained glass business in the past (Catalina Glass) and now does design and installation work for various arts groups in the South Bay and Los Angeles



Events & Communications Specialist

Sharyl Holtzman has a background in promotion, social media, events and strategic planning for music and the arts.  She has been working with SBC as we make our transition from San Pedro to South Los Angeles, SoLA Gallery.

Documentation / Art Teacher

Elizabeth Kneisley is a visual artist based in Los Angeles and Orange County. She will graduate with her BFA in Creative Photography in May 2017. She works in a variety of mediums with a concentration in photography and video. She has been an intern at South Bay Contemporary for three years. There, she has helped curate art exhibition, lead creative workshops for children, and has worked with local artists.

 Consultant / Curator

Margaret Lazzari is a professor of art and associate dean of faculty at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art and Design and is the author of two books about art. She is an accomplished and practicing artist and lends her expertise in many ways.

Steve Shriver


Steve Shriver is a Professional artist and teacher with 30 years experience in the field. Member of Palos Verdes Art Center for 3 years, Member of Education Committee, Institute for Classical Architecture and Art.


Paul Corneil is an avid art collector and supporter of the arts in the South Bay area.  Paul was educated as a physical scientist but now considers himself (in the Twelve-Step lingo) a recovering intellectual.  He’s been interested in art since childhood and has taught photography at college but isn’t coordinated.

Vice President Ruth Trotter

Consultant / Curator

Ruth Trotter is a professor of art at the University of La Verne.  She has extensive experience as a curator, panelist and advisor to several arts organizations in the Los Angeles area.  She is an accomplished artist and will act as periodic curator for SBC