NO DEAD ARTISTS International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art


JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY proudly hosts an annual call for artists for the 23rd Annual NO DEAD ARTISTS: International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art. The call is open through 17 JUNE 2019 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 in conjunction with the Arts District New Orleans' First Saturday Gallery Openings on 7 September 2019, 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 '90s, 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 $35.00 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.




2018 JURORS:

CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder portrays “Dr. Loretta Wade” on the CBS series, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS and has recently made myriad television appearances Pounder serves on the Board of the African Millennium Foundation and was a founding member of Artists for a New South Africa. An advocate of the arts, she is active in the Creative Coalition and recent accolades for Pounder include the Visionary Leadership Award in Performing Arts from the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) in San Francisco, 2015 Honoree at the Grand Performances Gala in Los Angeles, the 2016 SweetArts Performing Arts honoree from the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and the National Urban League’s 2017 Women of Power Award. Pounder with husband Boubacar Kone created the Boribana Museum the first private contemporary museum in Dakar, Senegal, which was gifted to that country in 2014. The Pounder Kone Art Space, which she owned and ran for 15 years in Los Angeles, introduced contemporary artists from the African Diaspora including Soly Cisse, Camara Gueye, Willie Bester and a host of contemporary artists from the African diaspora. Part of her personal collection is on display at Xavier University in the exhibit “Queen” a satellite of Prospect 4.


Rene Paul Barilleaux

René Paul Barilleaux is Head of Curatorial Affairs at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, having served as Chief Curator (2006-2016) and Curator of Contemporary Art (2005-2016). Since joining the McNay in 2005, he greatly expanded the postwar and contemporary art collection in range and number, while developing new collecting areas including photo-based work and installation art. He organized award-winning exhibitions and publications including solo presentations by Lynda Benglis, Judith Godwin, Jane Hammond, Joseph Marioni, Rashaad Newsome, Chuck Ramirez, and Sandy Skoglund, among other artists, as well as American Art Since 1945: In a New Light; New Image Sculpture; Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune; Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting; Made in Germany: Contemporary Art from the Rubell Family Collection; Telling Tales: Contemporary Narrative Photography, and Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art. Previously Barilleaux held curatorial positions at the Mississippi Museum of Art; College of Charleston, South Carolina; Madison Art Center, Wisconsin; and Museum of Holography, New York.


Francis H Williams

Although my parents met while studying sculpture, I have never taken any courses in art-making or art history. As a useful product of this ignorance, I've never approached the art world with any sense of hierarchy often that the crude and obvious signals conveyed by prices. This is conveyed I think by the idiosyncratic and eccentric nature of the collection. I began collecting about 20 years ago after spending quite a lot of time looking at art with a girlfriend who is a curator. She is articulate and opinionated and I was fascinated by how clearly and comprehensively she could see and by her ability to consider and discuss visual imagery. I began to want to bring some works home with me so I could spend some time with them there. The collection has grown to include a large number of paintings, drawings, sculptures, collages and other objects- such a large number that sadly many are now packed away defeating my original purpose. Though we do rotate and lend in order to maintain a close relationship with as many worlds as possible.  


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, Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston Bill Arning, Associate Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco) Anastasia James, Perez Art Museum (Miami) Director Franklin Sirmans, prestigious collector Lester Marks (Houston) and Joan Mitchell Center Director Gia Hamilton.