Event ID: 5798

Call for Artists for the 18th Annual No Dead Artists International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Installation View for the 17th Annual No Dead Artists International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is pleased to announce the 18th Annual No Dead Artists International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art. The exhibition will take place August 25th – September 27th, 2014 with an open call for artists’ submissions from February 1st – June 16th.

The gallery is proud to open the call internationally for 2014.

The exhibition was created in 1995 to give a voice to emerging artists. Now in its 18th 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.

This year, one jury-winning artist will be awarded a solo exhibition at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in 2015 as the grand prize.

No Dead Artists is open to living artists working throughout the world. 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 professionals 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, 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

Bill Arning is the director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. After arriving in Texas in 2009, Arning organized solo exhibitions of Marc Swanson, Melanie Smith Matthew Day Jackson, and the late Stan VanDerBeek. Jackson and VanDerBeek were jointly organized with the MIT List Visual Arts Center where Arning was exhibitions curator from 2000-2009. At MIT he organized shows of AA Bronson, Cerith Wyn Evans, and a retrospective of the work of Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler. From 1985 to 1996, Arning was director of White Columns in New York City where he organized groundbreaking first solo shows for many of the best known artists of his generation including John Currin, Marilyn Minter, Andres Serrano, Richard Phillips, Cady Noland, and Jim Hodges, among many others.  In 1993 Arning organized the first exhibition about gender and sexuality in South America, Maricas at the Center Cultural Ricardo Rojas at the University of Buenos Aires.  

Arning has written on art for journals such as Artforum, Art in America, Out, and Parkett, and multitudes of international museum publications, including texts for retrospectives of Jim Hodges, Keith Haring, Christian Jankowski, and Donald Moffett as well as other writing for books by Elmgreen and Dragset and Lawrence Rinder. He will be writing an essay on the art market and AIDS for the upcoming exhibition ArtAIDSAmerica being organized by the Tacoma Art Museum.  Arning is co-organizing in 2015 with curator Elissa Auther and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver a survey exhibition Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty and also the first large scale museum exhibition of Mark Flood, entitled Greatest Hits in 2016.

Stephanie Ingrassia

Stephanie is on the Board of Directors at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Nick Mayor

Nick Mayor is an active member of the community, splitting his time between New Orleans and London. He is an active supporter of the New Orleans arts community, with a growing collection of local as well as international contemporary art. He is a board member of the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans as well as a board member and Treasurer of US Biennial Inc., the organization behind the Prospect biennials in New Orleans.  He received his under- and post-graduate degrees in economics from Oxford University. After University, Mayor taught at Oxford, London Business School, and 7city (a commercial training provider), and published several articles on equity valuation.  Formerly an economic consultant with London Economics he moved to Lansdowne Partners, a London-based hedge fund, Mayor is now Principal of the consulting firm Inscriptus LLC, a provider of bespoke research consulting to hedge funds. Professionally he began work as an equity analyst with ABN AMRO in London in 1997, and in 2000 was ranked among the top ten internet analysts in Europe.



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.



Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is a collective environment of creative visions; a commercial gallery with a public conscience. Artist, activist, and entrepreneur Jonathan Ferrara opened the gallery in 1998 to give artists a voice. Since its inception, the gallery has focused on cutting edge works by local, national and international artists with a sense of purpose, mission, and message. In recent years, it has gained a national reputation and increasingly presents artists and exhibitions in cities across the US and in Europe including the Miami Project in Miami, the VOLTA Fair in New York City and Basel, Switzerland, artMRKT Houston and San Francisco, as well as, working with museums and institutions.


Important Dates

February 1st - June 16th
Open National Call For Artists

June 16th
Deadline for Submission

July 19th

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


To apply, log on to www.jonathanferraragallery.com and click on the NDA 2014 Banner at the bottom of the homepage. If you do not already have one, create an entrythingy® account and begin uploading your resume, artist’s statement and five images of your work which you would like to submit for the show. Good luck!

For more information, please contact the gallery via email at info@jonathanferraragallery,com.

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Date & Time

March 14, 2014 - June 16, 2014


Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
400a Julia Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
United States

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