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. 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

Nancy Kaye Program Director

After owning and operating one of the first specialty clothing online retail operations which later expanded into a chain of retail clothing stores, Nancy Kaye turned her attentions to her love of contemporary art and her desire to support local emerging artists. For four years, Nancy helped to operate and manage the Art Rental & Sales Gallery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, introducing artists to collectors & the general public, as well as organizing many exhibitions by emerging Southern California artists. Nancy now looks forward to bringing her exhibition experience, operational skills and devotion to local artists to LAAA.  nancy@laaa.org

 


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.

Linda Johannesen  Treasurer
Linda Johannesen is a nationally renowned author and leader in arts education and non-profit management. As the senior author of Different Ways of Knowing and Writing and Thinking: A Process Approach, Johannesen's research-based models for effective classroom teaching and learning and professional development have been adopted and adapted by schools and community-based arts organizations in states throughout the U.S. As president of the Galef Institute, Johannesen's breakthrough work was documented by the Rand Corporation, UCLA, Harvard Project Zero, and funded by foundations and state and federal agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education and the Ford Foundation. In Chicago, Johannesen co-founded two non-profit organizations: Art Worlds, Inc., which develops U.S. museum shows for emerging artists outside the U.S., and Acamedia, Inc., enhancing the teaching of history and social studies through hands-on museum-school partnerships. Johannesen is Director of Broad Reach Advisors; former board member of Los Feliz Arts Charter School, and Advisor to Art Works for Kids.

Neil Wertlieb   Board of Directors
Neil Wertlieb is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. He is admitted to practice in New York, California and Washington, DC. Mr. Wertlieb’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, primarily acquisitions, securities offerings and restructuring. Mr. Wertlieb is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and a member of the California State Bar's Ethics Committee (the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct). He is also the former Chairman of both the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California and its Corporations Committee. In addition to teaching corporate transactions at UCLA, Mr. Wertlieb is a frequent public speaker on such topics as venture capital financing and acquisitions, and was recognized as one of the top 100 most influential lawyers in California (California Law Business, October 30, 2000). Mr. Wertlieb received his law degree in 1984 from the UC Berkeley School of Law, where he served as an associate editor on Law Review. He graduated with honors in Management Science from the School of Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Wertlieb also served as a Judicial Extern for Justice Stanley Mosk on the California Supreme Court and as the General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Kings Hockey 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. 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