Cheyanne Sauter, Executive Director
A proud Los Angeles native, Cheyanne Sauter has been a nonprofit professional for over 20 years. Her expertise lies in program development, fundraising, and building relationships, and she has worked with diverse populations. Her previous positions include Associate Director of Development at Foundation Fighting Blindness and Assistant Director of Fundraising at LA Conservation Corps. Her true calling lies in working with and supporting artists, and in early 2000, she answered this call by co-founding Gallery Row alongside three founders. Gallery Row’s mission is to bring economic and cultural revitalization to a blighted Downtown Los Angeles by cultivating the presence of artists, galleries, and culture. During her time there, Gallery Row grew to birth the Downtown Art Walk, an immensely popular and beloved Angeleno organization that brings hundreds of thousands of art lovers and community members to Downtown Los Angeles’ cultural offerings.
In July 2013, Cheyanne joined Art Share Los Angeles as an unpaid Interim Director to revitalize this nonprofit whose existence looked bleak after the recession. Within the next two years, she developed a viable programmatic model that supported 200 visual and performing artists annually, and rebuilt Art Share L.A.’s reputation as an invaluable cultural resource for emerging Angeleno artists. Today, Art Share L.A. has a staff of six and offers diverse programming that engages hundreds of emerging artists to create, exhibit, and share their work with thousands of art lovers annually.
Cheyanne has served as a member of the executive team for the Cultural Stakeholders Committee, whose goal is to provide visibility for the arts and preserve and promote Los Angeles’ cultural and heritage. She currently sits on the boards of the Los Angeles River and Business Association (LARABA) and the Arts District Business Improvement District (ADLA).
John Jason, Events Manager
John is the Event Manager of Art Share L.A., handling all the event programming and space rentals. His experience as the Event Manager has given him first-hand knowledge of Art Share L.A. and the workings of the Arts District neighborhood, and he has also developed many relationships with local artists and businesses. Through his work, John has become an integral part of the Arts District community and works closely with many artists who work, live, and come to Art Share L.A. to create.
John serves as the Arts District Resident Representative on the Historic Cultural Neighborhood Council (HCNC), a community organization that links city government and stakeholders in the Arts District, Chinatown, El Pueblo, Little Tokyo, Solano Canyon, and Victor Heights. He has previously worked in program and administrative management at a nonprofit after-school youth organization.
Kim Secoquian, Gallery Assistant
Kim is a second-generation American and a first-generation college student in her family. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, her move to Los Angeles was motivated by continuing her education at CSULA for her Master’s degree in Art History. She discovered Art Share L.A. while looking for volunteer arts positions, and worked with the organization for six months as the gallery attendant. When the time came for Art Share L.A. to hire more people, she leapt at the opportunity. Kim currently oversees the art galleries, the Main Gallery and the Perimeter Gallery. She established the Perimeter Gallery in 2016 after the organization identified the pressing need for more exhibition spaces. Kim manages relationships with all artists, coordinates all gallery exhibitions, and ensures the upkeep of our art galleries. She strongly believes in Art Share L.A.’s mission to be an accessible resource for emerging artists in the Los Angeles area and hopes that we inspire others to work at the communal level to build a brighter future for the arts.
Liz Carranza, Program Assistant
Liz was raised here in Los Angeles by immigrant parents. Growing up, she heavily relied upon her imagination to educate and entertain herself – this self-reliance on her creativity led her to develop and practice art on her own terms. In 2014, after learning about Contemporary Art, she became fascinated in its theory and practice. She gathered the courage to start submitting for gallery shows as well as curating them – Art Share L.A. featured her first ever curated exhibit: Module. In the spring of 2014, she moved into the artist working spaces at Art Share L.A. and ran her studio practice while also volunteering as a gallery attendant. Two years later, she officially joined the team as a Program Assistant. In April 2016, she established Your Art Here, Art Share L.A.’s creative placemaking program that partners emerging curators, artists, and businesses to rotate artwork through venues attracting 30,000+ visitors monthly. To date, her program has created eight curators, presented 32 exhibitions, featured 104 emerging artists, exhibited 300+ artworks, and brought $16,000 in art sales. Liz is also a passionate LGBTQIA activist, a record collector, DJ, and proud member of an intersectional feminist DJ collective based in Long Beach, CA.
Jinny Jung, Grants/Development Assistant
In 2012, Jinny began her studies at University of Southern California in Biology, but switched to Health and Humanity when she unearthed an extremely passionate drive for supporting social impact and change. This passion is reflected in her 4 years of nonprofit experience, which includes a diverse array of organizations focusing on maternal health (United Against Poverty and Disease), social entrepreneurship (Anza: Starting and Scaling Social Businesses), public policy research (Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at University of Southern California), and women’s empowerment (50/50 Leadership). Her various positions have focused on grant-writing, communications, and research. After graduating with her B.A. from USC in 2016, she discovered Art Share L.A., and is proud to carry her passion to this organization. Her primary responsibilities include donor research, grant-writing, fundraising assistance, and financial management.
Luis Favela, Events Assistant
Luis formally joined Art Share L.A. in 2017 as the Events Assistant, but previously had exhibited at Art Share L.A. as one of the Main Gallery artists. He is a tattoo artist, photographer, and pit bull activist who volunteers regularly at the North Central Animal Shelter.
Terry Ellsworth, Ambassador Extraordinaire
Terry joined Art Share L.A. five years ago, when it was rebuilding itself from the ashes administratively, financially, and physically. As a long-time Arts District resident and community staple, he brought decades of extensive art experience to the organization and saw the building’s incredible potential in revitalizing the Arts District. Today, he is proud to see Art Share L.A. living up to its mission, and can be found walking the hallways of the building sharing his stories, or hanging up artwork for gallery shows.