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International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art

September 1 – 30, 2020

APPLY NOW AT THE CALL FOR ARTISTS TAB ABOVE, Submission Deadline: 17 June 2020


Submission Deadline: 17 June 2020

Press Release

1 September 2020 (New Orleans, LA) JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY proudly presents the 24th Annual NO DEAD ARTISTS International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art. For the 2020 installment of the exhibition, the gallery will host works by numerous artists hailing from across the world. The exhibition will be on view from 1 to 30 September 2020, with an opening reception on 5 September, 6-9 pm in conjunction with the Arts District New Orleans’ (ADNO) First Saturday Gallery Openings.


The NO DEAD ARTISTS exhibition was founded by Jonathan Ferrara in 1995 to give a voice to emerging artists. 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 often gives emerging artists their first break in the art world. In the 90's, the exhibition was open to New Orleans-based artists and subsequently grew to include artists of Louisiana, then becoming a national juried exhibition in 2010. And in 2014, the exhibition went international.  Now in its 24th iteration, 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 for around the world. 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; former Director of the Andy Warhol Museum, Eric Shiner; Director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and Founder/Artistic Director of the VOLTA Fair, Amanda Coulson; ArtBridge Curator, Jordana Zeldin; Collector and MoMA Board Member, Lawrence Benenson; CAMH Director, Bill Arning; Collector and Brooklyn Museum Board Member, Stephanie Ingrassia; Collector and Prospect New Orleans Biennial board member, Nick Mayor; Director/Owner of Art Market Productions, Max Fishko; Associate Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, Anastasia James; Director of Perez Art Museum Miami and Artistic Director of Prospect.3 Biennial, New Orleans, Franklin Sirmans; collector Lester Marks; McNay Art Museum Curator, René Paul Barilleaux; and actress and collector, CCH Pounder.


::: The 2020 NO DEAD ARTISTS Jury :::



Nato Thompson is a curator, author, and The Sueyun and Gene Locks Artistic Director at Philadelphia Contemporary. Philadelphia Contemporary is a mobile contemporary art organization in the process of creating a non-collecting museum in the city of Philadelphia. He recently curated the four channel film project by Bradford Young and Elissa Blount Moorehead titled Back and Song, the group show Festival for the People, as well as, a solo artist commission by painter Jane Irish. He has previously worked as Artistic Director at the New York-based public art organization Creative Time, which he joined in January 2007. Since then, Thompson has organized numerous major Creative Time projects. He has also worked as Curator at MASS MoCA, where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions, including The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004), with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. He has written two books of cultural criticism, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century (2015) and Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life published in January 2017.



Jessie Schott Haynes is the Managing Director of The Helis Foundation, a private foundation, which administers grants that sustain operations for, provide free admission to, and acquires significant works of art on behalf of major institutions within the Metropolitan New Orleans area.  She is responsible for ensuring that the Helis Family’s commitment to creating access to public art is fulfilled by managing public sculpture acquisition and exhibition throughout the City as well as implementation of and oversight of programs such as  Art for All.  Haynes earned a B.A. in both English and Art History from Newcomb College at Tulane University and a juris doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.  She serves as a Trustee of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and a Board member of the Arts Council New Orleans, the Preservation Resource Center, and the Bureau of Governmental Research.    



Carey Mack Weber has over 25 years of experience working in museums and galleries. Carey spent over a decade working in fine art galleries in New York City, notably serving as Director of  Susan Sheehan Inc. and Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art. She was integral to the founding of the Bellarmine Museum of Art, and has served as Executive Director of the Fairfield University Art Museum since January 2019. Carey is currently serving her 5th year as President of the Connecticut Art Trail, a nationally recognized partnership between twenty-one world-class museums and historic sites.

::: The 23rd Annual NO DEAD ARTISTS Finalists :::



For the grand prize of the exhibition, one of the selected jury winning artists will be awarded a solo exhibition in 2021 at JFG. Previous recipient awardees: Nikki Rosato (2012, Washington D.C.), Marna Shopoff (2014, Indianapolis), Richelle Gribble (Los Angeles, 2015) and Jenny Day (Santa Fe, 2017) not only received the solo show at gallery, but also, have successfully gone on to exhibit in art fairs in New York, Miami, Basel (Switzerland), Leipzig (Germany), San Francisco, Houston and Seattle and other traveling exhibitions and museums worldwide. These artists and the NO DEAD ARTISTS exhibition have garnered great interest from curators, museums and press as well as been acquired by many prominent public and private collections. . . Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2020 winner at the close of the exhibition.


For more information, press or sales inquiries please contact the gallery director Matthew Weldon Showman at 504.343.6827 or Please join the conversation with JFG on Facebook (@JonathanFerraraGallery), Twitter (@JFerraraGallery), and Instagram (@JonathanFerraraGallery) via the hashtags:  #NoDeadArtists, #NDA2020 and #JonathanFerraraGallery.