NO DEAD ARTISTS International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art

CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS 2017

JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY proudly hosts an annual call for artists for NO DEAD ARTISTS. The call is open through 16 JUNE, 2017 at 11:59pm and the exhibition participants are selected by an ever-changing group of three prestigious arts professionals. The exhibition itself is installed in the gallery for the entire month of September with an opening reception the first Saturday, 2 September 6-9pm.

The exhibition was created in 1995 to give a voice to emerging artists. NO DEAD ARTISTS has become an exhibition that has time and again discovered new and emerging talent and is one of the most celebrated art exhibitions in the South. 

The exhibition's name is derived from the old adage that artists never achieve success until they are dead. NO DEAD ARTISTS turns that notion on its head and gives emerging artists their first break in the art world. In the 90's, the exhibition was open only to New Orleans artists and subsequently grew to include artists of Louisiana. In 2010, the exhibition expanded to become a national juried exhibition open to artists from the entire United States and the call went international in 2014.

Each year, hundreds of artists submit thousands of works with the hope of being in the select few to exhibit at JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY. The exhibition is reviewed annually by D. Eric Bookhardt (Artpapers and Gambit Weekly). The opening reception marks the beginning of the arts season in New Orleans and is attended by thousands of art enthusiasts. 

The exhibition has been a springboard for numerous artists leading to national press coverage, recognition, gallery representation and acquisitions by museums and other prominent collections. Each year the gallery invites a panel of renowned arts professionals and collectors to select the newest creative talents.

As the GRAND PRIZE, one jury-winning artist is awarded a solo exhibition at JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY to take place the following year.

entry instructions :::

NO DEAD ARTISTS is an INTERNATIONAL OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS, open to living artists of all ages, emerging and established, working throughout the world. All mediums are accepted including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, design, glass, metalwork, photography, video, performance, mixed media and installation art. 

Each application must be accompanied by an ENTRY FEE of $30.00 made through Paypal once you have completed the submission process. 

Each entrant is allotted up to five image/video submissions and three details for each. All images must be in .jpg format and videos in .mov format. All works must be for sale. 

Any winning entry will be subject to a standard 50% gallery sales commission in the event that it is sold. 

The artist is responsible for ALL shipping costs including return shipping of all unsold work and import/export duties and taxes.


2017 JURORS

​Helen Toomer (New York, NY) – Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair plus Professor at Sotheby’s New York
Gia Hamilton (New Orleans, LA) – Director of Joan Mitchell Center, Independent Curator (Atlanta Biennial 2016)
Bettina Stiewe (San Francisco/Bay Area, CA) – Co-Founder of Upstart Modern Art Consulting and Artist Management Firm 

Past jurors have included Prospect.1 Founder and Curator Dan Cameron, Museum Director Billie Milam Weisman, Collector and Philanthropist Beth Rudin DeWoody, MacArthur Fellow John Scott, Whitney Trustee and Ballroom Marfa Co-founder Fairfax Dorn, NOMA Director Susan Taylor, artist Tony Fitzpatrick, Director of the Andy Warhol Museum Eric Shiner, Director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and Founder and Artistic Director of the VOLTA Fair Amanda Coulson, Dishman Art Museum Director Megan Koza Young, ArtBridge Curator Jordana Zeldin, MoMA Board Member Lawrence Benenson, Brooklyn Museum of Art Board Member Stephanie Ingrassia, Collector Nick Mayor, the Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Bill Arning, Director and Cofounder of Art Market Productions art fairs Max Fishko, Prospect Biennial Board Member David Workman, Senior Curator of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Valerie Cassel Oliver.

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