NO DEAD ARTISTS International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art


JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY proudly hosts an annual call for artists for NO DEAD ARTISTS. The call is open through 16 JUNE, 2018 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, 1 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 $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.


CCH Pounder - 


CCH Pounder portrays “Dr. Loretta Wade” on the CBS series, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS.   Recent television appearances include the Syfy series, WAREHOUSE 13 and SONS OF ANARCHY on FX.  Other  projects include the feature films MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, ORPHAN and AVATAR For seven years, Pounder portrayed "Claudette Wyms" on the critically acclaimed FX series, THE SHIELD, which earned her many accolades including an Emmy® nomination, the MIB Prism Award," two Golden Satellite Awards and the “Genii Excellence in TV Award.”   Film credits include HOME AGAIN, RAIN, PRIZZI'S HONOR, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, ROBOCOP 3, SLIVER, TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT, FACE/OFF, END OF DAYS and her breakout role in BAGDAD CAFÉ. A graduate of Ithaca College, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the school and was their 2010 Commencement Speaker. 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. She has collaborated with artist Yrneh Gabon Brown on several projects including “Visibly Invisible” at the California African American Museum and co curated for the Ardmore Project at the California Folk Art Museum. Part of her personal collection is on display at Xavier University in the exhibit “Queen” a satellite of Prospect 4.


Francis H Williams - 

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 Sirmons, and prestigious collector Lester Marks (Houston).


Rene Paul Barilleaux -

Head of Curatorial Affairs
McNay Art Museum