Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is pleased to announce the Call for Artists for the 18th Annual No Dead Artists International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art. The exhibition will take place August 25th – September 27th, 2014 with the open call for artists’ submissions from February 14th - June 16th.


The exhibition was created in 1995 to give a voice to emerging artists. Now in its 17th year, 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.

Each year, hundreds of artists submit thousands of works with the hope of being in the select few to exhibit at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery each September. 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.

Each year, one jury-winning artist will be awarded a solo exhibition at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery as the grand prize.

No Dead Artists is open to living artists working in the United States. All mediums are accepted including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, design, glass, metalwork, photography, video, mixed media and installation art.

Now in its 18th edition, 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 gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara invites a panel of renowned arts professional and collectors to select the newest creative talents. 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, Founder and Artistic Director of the VOLTA Fair Amanda Coulson, Dishman Art Museum Director Megan Koza Young, ArtBridge Curator Jordana Zeldin, and Collector and MoMA Board Member Lawrence Benenson.

For the 18th edition, three renowned arts professionals have been tapped for the No Dead Artists jury:
Bill Arning - Director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Arning has curated exhibitions worldwide and has written for such publications as: Artforum and Art in America.
Stephanie Ingrassia - Board of Directors at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Nick Mayor - Collector, board member of Prospect New Orleans Biennial, hedge fund partner at Inscriptus, LLC.

New Orleans has become a destination for contemporary visual arts and is considered one of the hotbeds of creative talent in the US. With exhibitions like Prospect Biennial, the national and international focus on New Orleans and its arts scene has increased dramatically from both a critical and collector perspective. With its rich cultural heritage and its unique indigenous creativity, the city and its arts scene are poised for continued success.

Important Dates
February 14th - June 16th Open National Call For Artists
June 16th Deadline for Submission
August 25th – September 27th Exhibition on display at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
August 30th 18th Annual No Dead Artists Opening
October 4th Solo Exhibition Winner Announced