Our Team


Peter Mays Executive Director 

Peter Mays is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) and its premiere La Cienega exhibition space Gallery 825. Mays believes LAAA is now poised to launch the next phase of the 94-year-old organization's expansion and commitment to Los Angeles' emerging artists. Since joining LAAA in June 2005, Peter has implemented cultural exchanges with Switzerland (Basel), Korea, Germany and China, initiated collaborative programming with institutions like Harvard, MoCA and Otis, as well as with artists Tim Hawkinson, Lita Albuquerque and renown physicist Lisa Randall, secured the very best curators to jury LAAA exhibitions, increased LAAA's career development programs and direct services by 30% and created LAAA's public art program which was selected as one of the top public art works completed in 2010 by Americans for the Arts. In 2018 Mays was the recipient of the City of West Hollywood’s first ever curatorial grant for LAAA’s public art presentation of James Peterson’s Cacti. Beyond his commitments at LAAA, Mays has curated exhibitions throughout Southern California for various arts, educational and civic agencies. Mays was the recent recipient of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Creative Economics: Art and Business Partnership award and a past recipient of the Art to Life award sponsored by Art & Living Magazine, Sotheby's International Realty and A&I for his work on behalf of emerging artists and emerging artists communities. As past chairperson of the West Hollywood Arts and Culture Commission’s Art on the Outside public art effort, Peter led the city's nationally regarded outdoor public art programming which has been praised in Art Forum, Vanity Fair and the New York Times. Peter helped to launch the region-wide LA Arts Month effort from 2009-2011 where he served on Planning Committee and the Program Committee. He also served on LAUSD's National Study Group which was charged with informing the nation's second largest district as it planned the next 10 years of K-12 Arts Education. Peter has co-chaired the Education Committee for the Board of Directors for the MOCA Contemporaries, served on the Board of the Fellows of Contemporary Art and was an active member the Executive Arts Leaders Forum.

Sophia Sedlik Administrative Coordinator

Sophia graduated from California State University Chico in 2018 with a BA in Studio Art (emphasis in photography) and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her photographs focus on exploring the relationship between people and their outward performance of identity. As an artist, she loves being surrounded by art at work each day, and especially appreciates the opportunity to learn about the artworks. She also enjoys engaging with the public and informing visitors about the exhibits, as well as discussing their individual interpretations of the art. While she has a strong interest in art history, and all forms of art she is passionate about education, and helping people understand how art makes them feel. Sophia joined LAAA in August 2019.


Board of Directors

Midge Lynn  President
Midge Lynn s an award winning artist, illustrator and educator.  She received her B.A. from California State University, Northridge and her M.F.A. at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.  Midge’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and at the French Consulate in Beverly Hills.  She has served on the Board Directors of LAAA/Gallery 825 for 14 years. 

Rebecca Hamm  Secretary
Rebecca Hamm received her B.A. from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and her M.F.A. from the Claremont Graduate University.  In addition to producing and exhibiting her artwork throughout the region, she is the Program Director for the First Street Gallery Art Center in Claremont and is an adjunct Art Instructor at 3 local universities.  Recent exhibitions of her work include the Claremont Museum of Art, the Ontario Museum of Art and History, the Huntington Beach Art Center and in June of 2009, the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard.

Neil Wertlieb   Board of Directors
Neil Wertlieb, a member of our Board of Directors since 2010, is an experienced transactional lawyer who provides expert witness services in litigation and arbitration matters.  He has served as an expert witness in dozens of litigated disputes, relating primarily to either business transactions, corporate governance and fiduciary duties, or attorney ethics and attorney standard of care. As principal of Wertlieb Law Corp, Mr. Wertlieb is also available as a mediator for business disputes and for board of director appointments. Mr. Wertlieb is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law, and a former Chair of each of the following committees of the California State Bar: the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section; the Corporations Committee; and the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. Mr. Wertlieb received his law degree in 1984 from the UC Berkeley School of Law, and his undergraduate degree in Management Science from the School of Business Administration also at the University of California at Berkeley. For more information, please refer to Neil Wertlieb's profile on his firm's website:  www.WertliebLaw.com.

Peter Mays Executive Director
Peter Mays is the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) and its premiere La Cienega exhibition space Gallery 825. Since joining LAAA in June 2005, Peter has implemented cultural exchanges with Korea, Germany and China, initiated collaborative installations with Tim Hawkinson and Lita Albuquerque, secured the very best curators to jury LAAA exhibitions, increased LAAA's career development programs and direct services by 30% and created LAAA's public art program. Beyond his commitments at LAAA, Mays has curated exhibitions throughout Southern California for various arts, educational and civic agencies. Mays was recently honored at the LA Art Show with the Art to Life award sponsored by Art & Living Magazine, Sotheby's International Realty and A&I for his work on behalf of emerging artists and emerging artists communities. As chairperson of the West Hollywood Arts and Culture Commission's Art on the Outside public art effort, Peter led the city's nationally regarded outdoor public art programming which has been praised in Art Forum and the New York Times. Peter helped to launch the region-wide LA Arts Month effort in 2009 and 2010 where he serves on Planning Committee and co-chairs the Program Committee. He also serves on LAUSD's National Study Group which is charged with informing the nation's second largest district as it plans the next 10 years of K-12 Arts Education. Peter has co-chaired the Education Committee for the Board of Directors for the MOCA Contemporaries and he remains an active member of many other arts leadership groups including the Fellows of Contemporary Art and the Executive Arts Leaders Forum.  peter@laaa.org


Advisory Board

Kim Abeles, Lisa Adams, Steve Adams, Lita Albuquerque, Janine Arbelaez, Laura Beatty, Robert Brander, Leonardo Bravo, Niccolo Brooker, Carolyn Campbell, Andi Campognone, Joan Carl, York Chang, Michael Collins, Jessica Darraby, Andrea Fiuczynski, Peggy Fogelman, Elaine Glaser, Mark Steven Greenfield, Lonnie Lardner, Sophia Lee, Michael Magloff, Charlie Manzo, Jeff Marinelli, Kim Martindale, Cris McCall, Michael C. McMillen, Klaus Moeller, Jim Morphesis, Sandra Nichols, James Panozzo, Roland Reiss, Bennett Roberts, Frank Romero, David Schrager, Catherine Seward, Nancy Silverman-Miles, Cambra Sklarz, Thaddeus Hunter Smith, Silvia Sonnenschmidt, Agapi Stassinopoulos, Louis Stern, Dennis Stevens, Simmy Swinder, Jocelyn Tetel, Mette Tommerup, Thomas Volkmann, Jae Yang