Second Story Gallery 

30 Artists for the Tricentennial


The Second Story Gallery is pleased to announce the jurors’ decision for THIRTY NEW ORLEANS ARTISTS, an open call for New Orleans visual artists juried by Gia Hamilton, former Director of the Joan Mitchell Center; Charlie Tatum, Editorial and Communications Manager at Pelican Bomb; and Emily Wilkerson, independent curator.  This exhibition highlights the many contributions of our contemporary visual artists during New Orleans’ Tricentennial.


Opening Reception: Saturday, September 8, 6 PM to 9:30 PM, Awards Ceremony 7 PM

Gallery Hours, Monday to Sunday 9 AM to 8 PM, Free and Open TO THE PUBLIC

Exhibition continues through November 3, 2018.


The deadline for being included as a sponsor for Thirty New Orleans Artists is Sunday, August 26. The exhibition was made possible and received support from the following sponsors and in-kind donors:
 New Orleans Healing Center, Maurice Pres Kabacoff, Susan Gore Brennan, Charles Lovell Art, Laura and Sonny Shields, Lemieux Galleries, Alexis Stahl, Edd Rabon, Lauren Raquel Laguna, Uhaul St. Claude, Parse, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, WESTAF CaFÉ, New Orleans Art Center, Catalyst Collective, The Front, Staple Goods, PhotoNOLA, WWOZ, Joan Mitchell Center, Pelican Bomb,, Good Children Gallery, Antenna, UNO, NolaVie, the Art Gallery of the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans and Tulane University Newcomb Art Museum. We have received over 90 contributions to date; donors are encouraged to contribute at any level to our 300 for Thirty New Orleans Artists Campaign. Thirty New Orleans Artists Sponsor Levels:

Doer, $1,000: Recognized in all publicity including website, and at opening reception and on exhibition signage, receive Second Story Gallery e-mails and art announcements

Friend, $300: Recognized on exhibition signage and on poster, receive Second Story Gallery e-mails and art announcements

Supporter, $100: Receive Second Story Gallery e-mails and art announcements

Impact Behind The Scenes, $30: Support the visual arts programs of the Second Story Gallery


Jillian Gibson


Jillian Gibson is inspired by the creative expression of a community and how cultures are defined by the integration of art in peoples daily lives and traditions. She dove into the diverse creative culture of New Orleans 23 years ago and continues to be immersed in the art scene that defines the city. Jillian is a multidisciplinary artist and a versatile fine art painter. She has worked in multiple artistic trades within the Mardi Gras and Film Industries. She designs custom painted environments for homes, businesses and events. For the past decade Jillian’s exhibition art work has been focused on the regions environmental wetland issues. Jillian Gibson is a professional art handler working often with the Ogden Museum, Prospect New Orleans, fine art galleries and collectors. Since the inception of the Crevasse 22 / River House in 2014, Jillian has been the Lead Preparator for the environmentally focused sculpture garden and fine arts venue in Poydras, LA.

Jill Stoll

Woman Standing Alone In A Field of Pink

Using found snapshots of women who are lost to history, Jill Stoll creates an ephemeral atmosphere where implied space and form are rendered in cut and paste collage. A tribute to what is worn and abandoned, images are fragmented with pattern and resembled. In Stoll’s new body of work, Women Standing Alone, the singularity of the figure is extended into a spatial field using layers of contemporary media. Her nine year affiliation with Tulane School of Architecture has included teaching design studios and electives in mixed media collage. In October 2016, the AIA New Orleans was the site of a solo exhibition of her work. “WITHDRAWN” featured a 4′ x 40′ collage mural comprised of paper artifacts. Using intricately cut pages from “withdrawn” library books, Stoll transformed that which was disintegrated in order to rebuild it. Having passed through many hands, these decommissioned books would have otherwise been lost to the digital age. Stoll earned her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Aimee Farnet Siegel

Third Strata

In February of next year, Aimée Farnet Siegel will show at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in conversation with nine artists in Hinge Picture, Memory Images. Aimée shows in New Orleans at Barristers Gallery. Her last solo show was in March of this year. By invitation, she was in several group shows including “La Femme” curated by Don Marshall; Louisiana Contemporary at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art; “Into Blue” at Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina. Aimée is currently teaching at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts.

Aron Belka


Aron Belka holds a BFA in Illustration from Utah State University and has exhibited across the South with works featured in shows at the Contemporary Art Center and the Ogden Museum in New Orleans, LA. He was the 2017 Juror’s Choice Award Winner at the Red Clay Survey at the Huntsville Museum of Art and in 2018 will have a solo exhibition of his work at the Mariette/Cobb Museum of Art in Georgia. He currently resides in New Orlean and shows with LeMieux Galleries in the Arts District.

Carl Williams

Voodoo Child

I have been making artwork since I was a small child. My work has since evolved into am multiplicity of many visions, directions, and intuitive gestures. The painting, installations, and sculptures I create are a product of recalling images of my cumulative life experiences. Various forms of music, as well as the rhythm of people, and places create and help mold the character of my work. Since a young man I’ve been playing and composing music. I see my art and music as extensions of each other. I often use music as a model by internalizing its structure, rhythms, and dynamics and incorporating elements of each into my work is never completed until it is experienced; the observed are merging into a new realm of experience.

Wayne Amedee

Migration 3

Wayne Amedee has worked in painting, collage, and sculpture for more than forty years. Over the years, he has shown in New Orleans, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. He has also earned numerous awards, including a Rockefeller Grant, New Orleans Museum of Art Award, and Loyola University’s Jesuit Award for “People for Others.” He is represented in NOMA’s permanent collection, has helped establish Loyola University’s permanent sculpture garden and is continuing his efforts through the Frere Joseph Cornet Archive to establish a chair in African Art History at Loyola. He is a founder of the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, actively involved with the New Orleans Museum of Art and Loyola University of New Orleans, a trustee of Longue Vue House and Gardens, a board member of Antenna, and an advisor to 826 New Orleans. Amedee was selected by the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development to receive the Artist of the Year Award at the 2014 Louisiana Culture Awards.

M Davis

Sand and Creosote

M Davis is an artist whose work focuses on challenging the delicate intersections of faith, environment, and sexuality. M grew up in an evangelical community in Northern Colorado and moved to New Mexico to chase a BFA in photography from Santa Fe University of Art and design. After garnering a degree in 2011, M continued to live in the Southwest, gaining a deep respect for the desert. She moved to New Orleans, LA in 2016 where she continues to create work inspired by her upbringing and natural surroundings.

Gason Ayisyin

Sitting Bull

Pippin Frisbie-Calder

Marie and Land of Sea

Pippin’s background includes a MFA in printmaking from Tulane University, a BFA with honors in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design,a residency in Providence (RI),study of large scale woodcuts abroad in Indonesia, a residency at Big Cypress National Preserve (FL), a residency and teaching position in Haiti, a Solo show at the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids MI, and special showings at a number of galleries, including in New Orleans, Florida, Denver, Providence (RI), and Yogyakarta (Indonesia)

Dylan Cruz Azaceta

Cutting Ties #2

Shelby Little

Ars Moriendi

Shelby Little is a painter living and working in New Orleans. Her paintings are vibrant and colorful explorations of interpersonal relationships between those close to her. Often depicting the complexities of sisterhood and the responsibilities and expectations of women. A native New Orleanian, Shelby Little works out of her studio on Elysian Fields and shows her work often in galleries around the city. She is a graduate of The University of New Orleans and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

Esther Murphy

Effervescent Fruition

Esther Murphy, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a visual artist working in photography and paper based sculpture. She studied visual arts with an emphasis in photography at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Loyola University New Orleans (BFA 2006), and Washington University Saint Louis (MFA 2011). She has exhibited her work in juried, solo, and group shows across the United States and has been an artist residence at The Banff Centre and at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her work as an artist and educator often brings her outside of Louisiana. Most recently in 2016-17, to China, where she was teaching photography and video. Her series ‘ Rotten Mandarin was photographed while she was living and working in China.

Jessica Bizer

Champions Officially

My upcoming exhibitions include a solo show in September at the Good Children Gallery. In April 2018, I had work in a collaborative project at Carlos Rolón’s show, Outside/ In, at the New Orleans Museum of Art. My other recent exhibitions include a solo show at the Foundation Gallery in New Orleans, and group shows in New York, Atlanta and San Antonio. My work has appeared in Pelican Bomb, Nylon Magazine, Hyperallergic, and on National Public Radio’s Studio 360. I have paintings in the collection of the Benetton Corporation and the New Orleans Museum of Art. I am a founding member of the Good Children Gallery and a 2009 graduate of the MFA program at the University of New Orleans

Whitney Jeffreys

Bone Gang 2

Whitney Melton Jeffreys is a native New Orleanian and is currently working as an artist in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her art is inspired by the city that she lives in and the people that surround her. Whitney has been showing her work since she was 15 years old and had her first solo show when she was 19 years old titled Natural Illusions. Whitney is an academic-trained artist with 10 years experience in graphic design. She currently works as a Senior Marketing Specialist for a local healthcare system. During Jazzfest 2018, Whitney was honored in the Cultural Pavilion as one of NOLA’s 300 in celebration with New Orleans’ tricentennial. She was chosen by photographer Gus Bennett to be represented in his project, The New Orleans People Project. His photographs were featured as part of the tricentennial exhibit representing the city and its cultural traditions.

Cory Cart

The Corroded Barge-Life on the Mississippi

Color motivated me to begin creating art in January 2013. After viewing a piece of art in Santa Fe that literally stopped me in my tracks because of its color, I returned home and acted on my sudden urge to begin painting. Since then, I’ve developed unique techniques that I layer upon wooden substrates. The most notable of these techniques is my “Corrosion” series where I utilize iron pigment which I activate and rust with acid. I am privileged to have collectors in Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, New York and Louisiana. In 2014, I was selected as one of ten artists from Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama to showcase work in the Southern Emerging Artist Exhibition. Most recently, I was selected by Art Galleries &Artist of the South magazine as an emerging artist to watch. My work was featured in their Summer 2015 issue.

Odie Tucker

The Lugger

I am married, have two biological sons and an adopted son. I am a native of New Orleans. I have lived on or near the water my whole life. I began painting and drawing as a young boy and loved painting sailboats, surfers, and seascapes. These subjects allow me to depict my passion for the ocean. Following high school, I took a thirty-year hiatus from painting to complete college and raise my family. In the summer of 2008, while on an Alaskan cruise there was a watercolor artist on board and each day at sea they conducted a watercolor class. These classes rekindled my love of painting. I’ve been painting ever since. My education in art ranges from college level fine art classes to local workshops. I am an active member of the Louisiana Watercolor Society and the Coast Guard Artist Program. My artistic goal is to delight my patrons – whether working on commission or doing a studio painting – by creating quality paintings of inspiring subjects.

Karen Ocker

Mr. Charles

Karen Ocker (b. 1970) is an award winning New Orleans artist. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums including the New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, CANO, McKenna Museum of African American Art and A.I.R. Gallery, New York. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Day for Night, the 2006 Whitney Museum Biennial Catalog. Her paintings can be found in collections throughout the United States and Europe, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Blues Hall of Fame, Memphis TN, and Luciano Benetton’s imago mundi collection, Italy.

Gina Laguna


Gina Laguna earned a BFA and an MFA from the University of New Orleans and has actively maintained an art studio creating large-scale, abstract steel sculptures in the Greater New Orleans area for more than twenty-five years. She has shown locally and throughout the south in many galleries, art centers and Museums. Ms. Laguna has sculptures in private collections as well as the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA. After Katrina she completed a commission for a wall-mounted steel sculpture in the lobby of the Jefferson Parish Government Administration Building in Gretna, LA. Ms. Laguna began teaching art when she received a teaching and technical assistantship in the Fine Art Department at UNO. She has continued to teach art to students of all ages and skill levels while continuing to create her steel sculptures.

Cherice Harrison-Nelson


Cherice is steeped in an authentic African-American Carnival dress art tradition. She is the third of five generations in her family to participate, a ritual handed down from her late father, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Sr. She is the co-founder and curator of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame (MGIHOF). Her work has been exhibited throughout the city and world. She contributed to a beaded suit worn by her son and acquired by the Anacostia Museum in Washington, DC. Her production credits include: a DVD documentary, music CD, original plays, and the narrative short film, “Keeper of the Flame.” She is the recipient of several honors including: Fulbright Scholarship, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Teacher of the Year, Mayor’s Arts Award and 2016 United States Artist Fellowship. She hopes to advance her career by creating installations combined with performances that challenge gender roles, classism and other limiting/confining expectations.

Judith Cooper


Judith Cooper lives and works in New Orleans. She earned a Ph. D. in French language and literature and taught at the college level before becoming a photographer. She worked for a number of years as a free lance photographer specializing in fine art photography while also pursuing her own personal work. She was the staff photographer at the New Orleans Museum of Art for fifteen years, beginning in 1998. Her personal work has been shown in numerous local, regional and national exhibitions. She has had one person shows in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Houston, New York and Kaunas, Lithuania. A major exhibition of her work, entitled Living Color, was shown at the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2008. In 1974, she and a few of her bon vivant friends decided to open a bar in uptown New Orleans. The Maple Leaf on Oak Street is still a major music club in New Orleans.

Emery Gluck

Breathing Space

Emery Gluck is a visual artist living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University with a Major in Studio Art and Minors in Art History and Business. Gluck recently completed a residency at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, and she has participated in multiple group exhibitions including the Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, Carroll Gallery, New Orleans LA (2018), PARSE Southeast Louisiana Juried Student Exhibition, Second Story Gallery, New Orleans LA (2017), and Tulane University Undergraduate Juried Show, Carroll Gallery, New Orleans LA (2016) where she received the Juror’s Award. In 2018, she also received the Sandy Chism Memorial Award in Painting. Gluck’s paintings have been sold to buyers across the country, and her work has been published in The Tulane Review (2016) and on (2018). Her work can be found on her website or on Instagram @art.emeryg

Amy Bryan

Dark Woman #2

Amy Bryan is an artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. She creates drawings, prints, and mixed media art. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Howard University with a concentration in printmaking and a Bachelor of Arts from Xavier University of Louisiana in Studio Art. She also attended the high school half day art program at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

James Flynn

Quantum Field Mechanics of the Particle Wave(and red shift)

I am a native of New Orleans, born and raised. Although I have always painted, at the age of 17, I began my life as a mariner. In the course of sailing to Brazil and Africa, I studied the science of Spherical Trigonometry and acquired my knowledge in the art of Terrestrial and Celestial navigation. This experience contributed greatly to my aesthetic and precision technique. In 1989, I ventured to Mexico seeking out the Surrealist painter/sculptor Pedro Friedeberg. This interaction proved to be a watershed moment in the development of my own artistic expression. I continue to engage Friedeberg as his lifelong student to this day, and have participated in several exhibitions with Friedeberg in Mexico. In 2003, I began work as the last studio assistant to Abstract Minimalist Peter Lobello, whose work and techniques deeply influenced me. My opto-kinetic paintings are geometrical abstract explorations in Chromoluminarism (a technique pioneered by Seurat) and chromatic induction.

Chris Lawson

How the School Became a River Ghost

I am a New Orleans-based artist, writer and filmmaker. I was included in “Ephemera Obscura” in 2017 at Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans. My works were exhibited as part of Louisiana Contemporary 2015 and 2016 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Works have also been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (now part of National Gallery of Art), White Halls Gallery, Washington D.C., Java Contemporary Art Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and at Fosaj Art Center in Jacmel, Haiti. I create music videos and album art for Saddle Creek Records and Communicating Vessels. I’ve been an exhibiting artist in numerous New Orleans Jazz Fests in Contemporary Crafts, and I’m included in the permanent collections of LSU, Energen, Alabama Power, Georgia State College, and the University of Alabama in Birmingham. My projects -both visual art and film- have been featured on NPR, and in ArtPapers and Rolling Stone. I also serve as a youth advocate and Artist-in-Residence at Covenant House New Orleans.

Kathy Rodriguez

Still Life of Twinkie Weiner Sandwiches (Unlikely Odalisques)

Since 2008, Kathy Rodriguez has served as an instructor at the University of New Orleans, teaching courses in art history and studio art. Between 2005 and 2008, she earned a Master of Arts in Art History and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from The University of Montana, in Missoula, MT. Her studio practice incorporates primarily painting and drawing, as well as sculpture, printmaking, and installation, and she maintains an active exhibition record of solo, two-person, and group shows. From 2011-2018, she additionally served as Director of the UNO-St. Claude Gallery, curating exhibitions and scheduling programming for the off-campus presence of visual arts at UNO in the greater New Orleans community. Rodriguez currently writes art criticism for New Orleans Art Review. She is a founding member of TEN artists’ collective. A native of Metairie, Louisiana, Rodriguez is delighted to live and work in New Orleans in the wide swath of the city and beyond.

Dapper Bruce Lafitte

Meddard H. Nelson Road Runners Marching Band

Artist Dapper Bruce Lafitte lives and works in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. His deliciously detailed drawings are created in the back of his shotgun house not far from the Mississippi River.
At 42, he grew up in nearby the French Quarter in the 6th Ward’s Lafitte housing development. Lafitte “ain’t there no more,” since after Hurricane Katrina, but its memory, as chronicalled in much of his art, is vibrantly alive. Bruce’s art follows his life in all things New Orleans, from its joyful bands, and parades, to its struggles of poverty and racism. Along with these subjects are the glimpses of the into the world of sports, from baseball, to football and his love of boxing. Come follow Dapper’s continuing journey of the world through his images and words…enjoy.

D. Lammie-Hanson

Paragon of Blind Truth

D. Lammie-Hanson is an American artist whose primary artwork is best known by her series “The One Eyed Tulips” and the award winning “Beauty Beyond the Brown Paper Bag Tests” and most recently the metalpoint series named, “Barna Black”. She exhibited in Geneva, New York, Berlin, Atlanta, Chicago and New Orleans. Lammie-Hanson has shown with the LeMieux Galleries, Jazz and Heritage Foundation Gallery with the Women’s Caucus of Arts (Louisiana Chapter) and with the New Orleans African American Museum “Pop-Up show, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, the Arts Council of New Orleans, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, the George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art, Louisiana Contemporary presented by the Helis Foundation at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, GW Carver Museum and the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, AL and Gallery Guichard in Chicago, IL.

Angus Luke


Angus Luke moved to New Orleans on Election Day of 2016. His recent work photographs the flora and fauna that he encounters in and near New Orleans paired with his finds from trips to local florists. Angus received his BFA in Drawing with a concentration in Photography from Cleveland Institute of Art in 2015. He has a photograph of a gummy bear in the private collection of the Cleveland Clinic.

Marta Rodriguez Maleck

Upside Down Rainbow

As a New Orleans based artist and educator, Marta Rodriguez Maleck explores loss, self-care, womanhood, queerness, generational differences, family, and Hispanic identity. Marta has exhibited at the NOMA, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. She was a resident at FUTURA, the Center for Contemporary Art in Prague, Czech Republic, the Ace Hotel (New Orleans, LA), the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Popps Packing (Detroit, MI), and at ACRE (Steuben, WI). In November she worked alongside Ashley Teamer in mounting ‘But I Didn’t Mean it Like That,’ a satellite multimedia installation during Prospect.4 at the Front Gallery. Together in 2018 they received a Platforms Grant to continue this project. This past year, her work was published in ‘New American Paintings’ and ‘HISS magazine’ both online and in printed form and most recently shown at Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Marta’s next solo show will be in October at Good Children Gallery.

Kristina Knipe

Daquiri with Harp in the Train Yard

Kristina Knipe is a New Orleans based artist and educator. She earned her BFA from Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA from Tulane University. She is a member of Staple Goods.

Sallie Ann Glassman

The Spirit of The Swamp

Manbo (priestess) Sallie Ann Glassman has been practicing Vodou in New Orleans since 1976. She was initiated in Port-au-Prince Haiti in 1995 by Oungans Edgard Jean Louis and Silva Joseph. With her Vodou society, La Source Ancienne, she conducts weekly ceremonies in her Bywater temple as well as numerous public ceremonies throughout the year in various locations. Sallie Ann is the artist for the Enochian Tarot Deck, artist and co-creator of the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot and author and artist of the book Vodou Visions. She created a permanent Hurricane Ceremony altar installation at the Louisiana State Cultural Museum in Baton Rouge and recently completed a Marie Laveau altar installation in the Cultural Exchange Pavilion at the 2018 Jazz and Heritage Festival. Her paintings and altars have been exhibited at Barrister’s Gallery, The New Orleans Art Center, and the CAC.

Francesca Koerner


A native New Orleanian, Francesca ‘Frahn’ Koerner received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Orleans: majoring in painting with a minor in photography. She has taught both at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans.

In 2018 Koerner was a guest speaker for Tulane’s Women Making Waves symposium. In 2016 her paintings were chosen for a solo alumni spotlight show at the UNO St. Claude Gallery and her photographs were included in the group show “A Building With A View”: Experiments in Anarchitecture,” at the Contemporary Arts Center. Frahn Koerner Studios was chosen as one of the Satellite Projects for International Art Triennial Prospect.2 and again for Prospect.3+ New Orleans. A photographic puzzle was chosen to be included in the permanent collection of the Historic New Orleans Collection. Koerner’s work is collected and shown in the USA and Europe. It can be seen online at

Emily Smith

Big Chief Tchoupitoulas

I’m born and raised in New Orleans and attended the Maryland institute college of art and have a general fine arts degree. I returned to New Orleans to attend Loyola where I received a teaching degree. After realizing teaching is not for me, I starting working at Michael’s in the frame shop where I’m the manager. Seeing lots of art from various artists inspires me, as well as the craft element I see every day.

Leona Strassburg Steiner

Dauphine Street

Leona Strassberg Steiner is a photographer, printmaker and former dancer. Her artwork centers on environmentalism, memories, political transgressions, transitions in life, and life’s beauty. “I enjoy doing projects that can help change the way people look at themselves and others. Art for me is about revisiting our perspectives about race, religion, class, and environmentalism. The end game is seeing how we are all connected on this planet, how we are all one.” Steiner has exhibited her photographs and prints extensively with solo exhibitions of her work at The Victory Hall Drawing Rooms of Jersey City and the New Jersey City University Visual Arts Gallery. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Spain, California, Illinois, New Jersey, New Orleans, and New York. Leona has been curating PoliticoPopUp, for the past three years, in New Orleans. PoliticoPopUp is a one-night exhibition with works of over 40 artists from around the country.





Charles Lovell

Gina Laguna

Amy Bryan

Natori Green

Jessica Normington

Ron Bennett

Sara Hollis

Cynthia Ramirez


If you are interested in joining the Second Story Gallery, contact:
Charles Lovell at or 575.770.0095

By Laws (Framed by Andy P. Antippas, May, 2012, Changed by Charless Lovell, April 2018)


The full name of the artists’ cooperative, Second Story Gallery at New Orleans Healing Center, should be used on all advertising and announcements.

The Second Story Gallery (hereafter referred to as SSG) occupies a designated area on the second level of the New Orleans Healing Center (hereafter NOHC).


Provide cooperative members with an opportunity to develop as visual artists by exhibiting and selling their work.

Exhibit members’ work in a professional and systematic manner, with openings on the second Saturday of the month (with exceptions for Mardi Gras and major special events) in conjunction with the tradition established by the other galleries in and around the St. Claude Arts District.

Offer artist members the opportunity to present an annual solo or two-person show, to contribute to the exhibition lineup through providing input and curation, and to display examples of their work in a secondary Gallery space.


The SSG is a silo (tenant) of the NOHC. As such, it is represented by a Gallery Director reporting to the NOHC Executive Director.

Any issues or disputes occurring among or between Co-op members are to be resolved by a simple majority vote of the members in good standing (hereafter MIGS.) The Gallery Director and NOHC Executive Director will work to resolve any issues regarding Gallery operations. The Board of the NOHC is the final arbiter in any disputes that may occur between the SSG and the other NOHC silos.

Members of the SSG must indicate their awareness of and adherence to the NOHC Mission and Vision Statement by signing it (found below). They must also sign the NOHC’s Waiver of Liability (also found below).


MIGS will vote to determine the number of members in the Co-op; however, the membership should not fall below ten (10).

Co-op MIGS will vet applicants for membership. Current MIGS are exempt from a formal vetting process. New members are those who receive a majority of the MIGS’ votes and sign the acknowledgment of SSG Bylaws, NOHC Mission and Vision Statement, NOHC Waiver of Liability, and Lease/Rental Agreement.

Application Process

Artists who are residents of New Orleans and environs who wish to be considered for membership in the Second Story Gallery and who are in accord with our Bylaws and Lease/Rental Agreement and with the NOHC Waiver of Liability and Mission and Vision Statement can submit their name, physical and email addresses, a résumé, a note of their principal medium, an artist’s statement, a link to their website, and 10 to 15 images sized at 72dpi jpegs with 1500 pixels at longest side of their works to Subject line: Second Story Gallery Application.

As soon as an opening occurs in the ranks, the SSG will advertise a call for artists and will notify applicants on file they are eligible for consideration. Applicants who are still interested may update their résumés and resend their updated material.

Decision Process

The Gallery Director will assemble all the submissions and distribute them to the membership. Co-op MIGS will review the applications and vote on new members, who will be chosen by a simple majority vote.

Membership in the SSG Co-op obligates the member to sign a one-year lease, effective from the date of sign-up.

Co-op members agree to contribute $75/month to the (approximately) $900/month rental of the designated art space, payable by the 5th of every month to the Gallery Director.  Current MIGS may be given a discount for their monthly fees. Dues may increase based on current economic factors; if so, any increase will be implemented at the beginning of the year.

Co-op members agree to place $150 (last month’s rent and damage deposit) in an escrow account held by the NOHC. At the termination of the lease, the damage deposit will be returned, unless the lease is broken, in which case remaining funds are forfeited.

The Gallery Director represents the Co-op members and reports to the Healing Center’s Executive Director.

The Gallery Director’s responsibilities are to collect the monthly fees and escrow; to have new members sign all membership documents (Bylaws, NOHC Mission and Vision Statement, NOHC Waiver of Liability, and Lease/Rental Agreement) and insure the documents are kept on file; to keep an updated membership and expense ledger for the SSG; to oversee the annual exhibition schedule; to assist members with installation, receptions, publicity, and social media; and to call and chair meetings and act as facilitator and mediator.

The Gallery Director will deposit the monthly fees and escrows in the NOHC bank account by the 10th of the month. The Gallery Director will exercise his/her judgment to permit a member to pay later than the prescribed time during valid emergency situations. Late payment is subject to a $25 penalty for first occurrence, $50 for second occurrence, and on third occurrence members will be considered to have violated their Lease/Rental Agreement and are subject to termination.


Each MIGS will be assigned one annual solo or two-person show. The monthly exhibition period will begin in January, with each member allotted one month. Group shows by members are arranged when possible.

Both the allocation of the exhibition months and the permanent personal exhibition areas will be done at a Co-op meeting with MIGS and the Gallery Director.

Any MIGS can bring a non-Co-op-member artist in to share their exhibition month without vetting or can curate a group exhibition in their annual slot.

The Gallery Director may book other exhibitions for a rental fee to museums, galleries, educational or cultural institutions as needed when members’ shows are not confirmed, with the goal of enhancing the artistic reputation of the SSG and maintaining financial viability.

The display of overtly “erotic” depictions is prohibited because the Second Story Gallery exists within a public space where parents frequently bring their children.

All exhibitions will open on the St. Claude Arts District’s Second Saturday and will end on the Saturday before the next Second Saturday, with Sunday devoted to deinstalling the show.

Exceptions to the Second Saturday opening date may occur when Mardi Gras falls on that weekend, or for major special events. All the galleries on St. Claude tend to move their openings to the following weekend, which means shows occurring during those time frames would be shorter than the others. The artist will make the final decision as to whether to change the opening date.

The openings will last from 6:00–9:00 p.m. The artist should consider having wine and bottled water for opening-night visitors. Finger food also may be provided by the artist. The set-up for receptions should be arranged in advance, and artists should be prepared to towel up any spilled substance from the floors. Reception trash should be bagged and left for the cleaning service at the end of the evening to be collected that Saturday night.

The artist is responsible for generating interest in his/her show through postcards, email blasts, social media, etc. The most critical press members to notify with listings, two weeks in advance of the opening, are Erik at and, and Doug at A media list is available from the Gallery Director; however, because contact information can change, it is the artist’s responsibility to make sure they have the most current media contact information.

Although the NOHC is open from 9 a.m.–8 p.m. daily, the artist(s) on exhibit are encouraged to “gallery sit,” especially on afternoons and weekends, to see public reaction to their work and to make sales. The artist should visit his/her exhibition regularly to bring visitors and to assure the safety of his/her work.

Each artist should provide professional-quality labels with the title of the piece, medium, and price. The artist should place his/her contact information in plain view. All art on exhibit should be for sale. Sales made by and paid though the Gallery will result in a 40% commission to NOHC, with the artist paid his/her share one month after the sale is made. Artists who direct their own sales will provide a 20% commission to NOHC.

All art sold should be marked as sold (with a red dot) and remain in the exhibition until its conclusion. The artist is responsible for shipping any works if they are sold out of town.

At the conclusion of their shows, members are responsible for restoring the exhibition area to its original state: that is, all mounting or hanging devices should be removed and all holes sanded, spackled, and painted at the artist’s expense. Only the gallery-approved standard white paint may be used. A ladder is stored in the closet.


A Co-op member wishing to leave at the end of his/her lease period must notify, in writing, the Gallery Director and all members no later than one month before the lease expires. The Co-op members will undertake, through the proper vetting procedure, to replace the terminating member with an artist who has expressed an interest in joining.

A member may be terminated by a majority vote of the MIGS if the member fails to abide by the terms set forth in the Bylaws. A member may also be terminated if they refuse to maintain a positive relationship with their fellow artists or violate the spirit of the NOHC Mission. A member who is late paying their rent for three months may also be terminated.

Thanks to Andy Antippas from Barrister’s Gallery, New Orleans, author of the original Bylaws, many of which are still in use.


These Bylaws can be reviewed periodically and changed by the Healing Center Board if they prove to be impediments to the workings of the SSG Co-op.

Amendments may be added to the Bylaws by a 3/4 vote of the MIGS.




To provide a holistic, safe, sustainable center that heals, fulfills and empowers the individual and the community by providing services and programs promoting physical, nutritional, emotional, intellectual, environmental, economic and spiritual well-being.


Within the next four years, the New Orleans Healing Center (NOHC) will become a model for urban community healing around the world. With an overarching aim to revitalize and unify the seven (7) surrounding downtown neighborhoods, the NOHC will work fervently to ensure that the synergistic culture established will be a holistic and sustainable sanctuary to its community, the city, the region and visitors from throughout the world.

The NOHC will provide a full range of programs, services and products designed to enlighten and engage the minds, bodies and spirits of a diverse population while transforming and healing lives. The NOHC through its collaborative silos will stimulate economic and environmental development in the city and redefine how to “heal” a community.

The New Orleans Healing Center is well run by highly motivated leaders who bring the mission and vision to life; maintains and supports itself through a variety of creative avenues; serves visitors to its community and invites, accepts and appreciates the participation of others who benefit the community in benevolent ways; is honored and respected as a pioneering adventure, bringing new dynamics to the culture and community of New Orleans, especially the areas surrounding the center; and uses its leadership capabilities in a variety of ways to bring support and assistance to community members.