JAMNOLA™ Founder Bios

Jonny Liss, President & Founder

What started as one simple idea—to spark more smiles—has now become a reality. Jonny Liss is the visionary, Founder and President of JAMNOLA (Joy-Art-Music/New Orleans). He began his marketing career in the beauty industry doing stints at Revlon, L’Oréal and Aveda in New York City. Jonny came to understand the relationship between happiness and well-being while working at Herbalife Nutrition. After spending more than 30 years in worldwide marketing, sales and events, Jonny came up with the idea of increasing and spreading joy through the experience of art, music and culture. He has a degree in marketing from Northeastern University and currently resides in Bywater, New Orleans.

Chad Smith, Co-Founder & Creative Director

Chad Smith has spent his career curating beauty and joy. Starting his career as a high-end fashion stylist, for the past 20 years Chad has been a luxury real estate photographer, overseeing art direction and styling for shoots from coast to coast. He now brings his creative skills to the JAMNOLA team—overseeing the merchandising and creative direction of this one-of-a-kind play space. Chad has a degree in cinematography and film production from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He lives in Bywater, New Orleans.

Where Y'Art, Curator, Producers & Creative Partner of JAMNOLA

Where Y'Art was hired to design, curate and oversee the lead artists in the production of the overall JAMNOLA experience because of their deep relationships with artists in the community and extensive work connecting New Orleans visual artists to commercial projects.  Their work has positioned them as cultural ambassadors, with their finger on the pulse the Nola art community.

Where Y'Art is an art solutions based company and artists collective, representing a curated selection of more than 150 visual artists.  Rooted in a mission to build and sustain the New Orleans Art community, Where Y'Art works to create opportunities for Louisiana artists with their online platform and through art consulting, connecting artists with opportunities for sales, exposure and activations in the corporate, healthcare, hospitality and commercial industries.

Collin Ferguson, Where Y'Art

Collin serves as co-founder & managing director of Where Y'Art.  Her love affair with New Orleans began at Tulane University, where she was torn between studying art and business. In 2011, after over six years overseas, she settled back in New Orleans as a visual artist and founded Birds of a Feather NOLA.  She witnessed firsthand the difficulties of arts promotion and marketing among her fellow artists, and at the same time was approached by Cat Todd about a platform for Nola artists.  Where Y'Art was born.

Catherine Todd, Where Y'Art

Catherine is the co-founder and creative director of Where Y'Art.  Cat's passion for the arts is instinctual and stems from a lifetime surrounded by it.  With her roots in New Orleans, to growing up having an artist for a mother, and living and working for the past 20 years as a graphic designer both in the corporate field, as well as running her own branding and design business, Mama Roux Studio; Cat's history and experience drove her to envision a website where local art is easily accessible to the people.  Together with Collin, designed Where Y'Art; a platform wholly dedicated to ensuring a future for local working artists, while doing our part to build as sustain the New Orleans art community.