Call for Entries

South x Southeast Gallery


curated by

Celso González-Falla


Open  to all photographers

Deadline January 15th, 2024

Exhibition Online

March & April 2024

Four images for $40


Presences. Photographic Treasures from The Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Collections, an exhibition of 140 photographs will open May 18th at the Caillebotte Museum in Yerres, France.

South x Southeast Workshops is proud to announce an interrelated workshop, South of Paris: Forests, Chateaus, and a Fine Collection of Portraits, instructed by Peter Essick, May 15-22, 2024. This will include attending the opening day of the exhibition in Yerres. Please click Here for more information. 

image: The Window ©Lucie Langford Canfield


Celso Miguel González-Falla is the President of the Sondra and Charles Gilman Jr. Foundation, Inc., Vice-President of the Gilman and González Arts Foundation,  President of The Cintas Foundation, and former trustee and Chairman of the Board of Aperture Foundation from 2005-2014. Appointed by Governor Bush as a Texas Art Commissioner, he served from 1997 to 2003.  Along with his late wife, Sondra Gilman, they control Soncel Financial, Inc. development of The Lakes, a 1400 acre planned community in Kingsland, Georgia.

Born and educated in La Habana, Cuba, (Colegio de Belen, Universidad Católica de Santo Tomas de Villanueva, Civil Law) González left as a Cuban political exile in June of 1961 and arrived in Texas.  He started working in the oil industry.  In 1968 he was a founding partner of a law firm and held various executive positions in the oil, gas and banking businesses from 1965 to 1986.  He is a current member of the Texas Bar.


Celso, along with his late wife Sondra Gilman, is an avid collector of photography.

Their collection has been viewed through numerous loans and exhibitions within the US and abroad. The most recent exhibition in 2018 entitled  “The Beauty of the Lines” featured at the Musee l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, Caillebotte Museum, Yerres, France and Fundacio Foto Colectania, Barcelona, Spain..

“Shared Vision” a show of the collection was created by MOCA-Museum of Contemporary Art of Jacksonville was shown in Jacksonville, Florida in 2011, the Aperture Foundation Gallery, New York in 2012, Princeton University Museum in 2013, Brooks Museum in Memphis in 2014, and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University in Alabama in 2014.

“From the Heart,” a show curated by Adam Weinberg started at the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, in 1998, and traveled to Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida in 1998, Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1998, Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in 1999, and Mobile Museum of Art, Alabama in 1999.

The three books celebrating the collection are “The Beauty of Lines” written by Tatyana Franck and Pauline Martin, published by the Musee l’Elysée in 2018. “From the Heart” The Power of Photography-A Collector’s Choice written by Adam Weinberg published by Aperture in 1998.  and “Shared Vision” The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez Collection of Photography, published in 2011 by MOCA.


ART news listed Sondra and Celso in 2004 as one of the top 25 photo collectors and in 2011 as one of the top 10 photo collectors.  ART net listed Sondra and Celso in 2015 as one of the top 12 most influential photo collectors.

An interview published by the Spanish magazine Tendencias del Mercado del Arte, in 2015 featured the González-Fallas as owners of an “admirable collection.”


Celso and Sondra’s interest in the arts extends to the theatre world. The Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Theatre Foundation was founded in 1989 and supports lyricists and writers in American musical theater. The Gonzálezs were honored with the Theatreworks USA’s Lee Salk “Good Works” Award, Musical Theatre Works’ Award for Distinguished Contributions to Musical Theatre, and Urban Stages for work in promoting and supporting musical theater.


Celso’s main passions are Cuba and the collecting and taking of photographs.  His first novel “My Lost Cuba” was published in October 2013. A translation: “La Cuba que Perdimos” was published in September 2016.

Celso resides in Corpus Christi, Texas, Kingsland, Georgia, and Manhattan, New York with his dog Cara.


A Zoom reception with Mr. González-Falla and the photographers will be held at a date to be determined during March or April


Please follow these directions exactly to send your entry via email to

  1. subject line: Portraits
  2. file name on each image: your last name your first name title of image – example: mccrarynancybigredhouse
  3. images should be 72 dpi, 1000 on the longest side, jpeg only
  4. Please zip all images into a file and attach the file to the email.
  5. pay for entry (see below)
  6. Send the email


Click HERE for first Four images: $40

Click HERE for additional images: $10 each

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Thank you!