Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is pleased to announce the 17th Annual No Dead Artists National Juried Exhibition of
Contemporary Art. The exhibition will take place September 3rd ? 28th, 2013 with an open call for artists' submissions from January 20th - June 15th.
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 17th 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 and Founder and Artistic Director of the VOLTA Fair Amanda Coulson.
For the 17th edition, three renowned arts professionals have been tapped for the No Dead Artists jury: Lawrence Benenson - Board Member of the Museum of Modern Art, American Folk Art Museum, Museum for African Art, Cooper Union,
ART/OMI International Arts Center and the Center for Arts in Education
Megan Koza Young - Director of the Dishman Art Museum
Jordana Zeldin - Director and Curator at ArtBridge
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.