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 24 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.


2019 JURORS:


Carmon Colangelo is the inaugural dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, bringing together Washington University’s historic Colleges of Art and Architecture and the distinguished Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum into a vibrant creative community.  Colangelo is a widely exhibited artist who combines digital and traditional processes to create colorful, mixed-media prints and paintings that explore ideas about the human experience and contemporary condition. He earned a BFA in printmaking and painting from the University of Windsor in Ontario and an MFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University. Colangelo has been featured in more than 40 solo and 150 group exhibitions and his work has been collected by such museums as the National Museum of American Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Saint Louis Art Museum. 


Before joining Matthew Clayton Brown in 2006, Robyn was an Assistant Vice President in Impressionist and Modern Art at Sotheby’s for nine years. Prior to Sotheby’s, she worked with George Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, a leading art dealer specializing in California paintings, and Nedra Matteucci’s Fenn Galleries, Santa Fe. Robyn has been a member of the Appraisers Association of America since 2007 and is certified in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). She is also a board member and past president of the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, trustee of the Metairie Park Country Day School and a member of Art Table and the Director’s Council of the New Orleans Museum of Art.



As Executive Vice Preisdent, Partner and Show Director of Art Miami LLC, Korniloff oversees the management and creative direction for Art Miami, CONTEXT, Aqua Art Miami, Art New York, Palm Beach Modern & Contemporary, Art Wynwood, Art Southampton and Art Silicon Valley/San Francisco. He is also one of the founders of LUXE Show Ventures. In 2008, Korniloff took the helm at Art Miami LLC and swiftly revitalized Art Miami, now in its 28th year.  By expanding the high-quality and diverse group of international exhibitors, galleries, and institutions, Korniloff reorganized the fair to attract an impressive audience of collectors, dealers, curators and artists.  This expansion and move to the Wynwood Arts District successfully repositioned the show as the city’s most important and anchor fair during Art Week, which takes place in early December when thousands descend upon Miami for a flurry of cultural events and fairs.  Art Miami is now the number one attended fair in America and second globally it now attracts around 85,000 attendees annually.


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); Joan Mitchell Center Director, Gia Hamilton; collector / principle of the Francis H. Williams Collection, Francis H. Williams; Head of Curatorial Affairs at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, René Paul Barilleaux; and actress, collector and art advocate, CCH Pounder.