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JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY proudly hosts the 25th iteration of our annual call for artists - NO DEAD ARTISTS: International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art. The call is open through 14 JUNE 2021 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 in conjunction with the Arts District New Orleans' First Saturday Gallery Openings on 4 September 2021 from 6-9 pm.

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 '90s, 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.


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.




In co-founding 21c Museum Hotels in Louisville, Kentucky, Laura Lee Brown was able to share her passion for contemporary art and to help revitalize many downtown communities.  She is an avid collector of contemporary art, a distinguishing factor in the draw of the hotels.  Laura Lee is a painter and a photographer in her own right.  She enjoys painting her children and traveling to document vanishing cultures in third world countries.  


She is a land preservationist at heart and a leader in putting farms in easement.  Laura Lee is an owner of Hermitage Farm outside of Louisville near where she lives.  It is a historic agritourism destination and a working thoroughbred and sport horse farm.  With her husband, she has restored one of the barns on the property to become a very popular restaurant in the country.



A native of New Orleans, Mr. Coleman graduated from Stanford inl 965. He has been the Chief Executive Officer oflnternational-Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT) since 1972. IMTT owns and operates bulk liquid tank terminals in the United States and Canada with 42,000,000 barrels of capacity as well as a short line railroad in New Jersey. In 2014, the Coleman family sold their interest in International-Matex Tank Terminals to Macquarie Infrastructure Company at which time he retired from the business. 

Mr. Coleman is active in the New Orleans community. He was a founding member of the New Orleans Business Council. He serves on the Board and the Executive Committee of the New Orleans Museum of Ati. He served on the Board and Executive Committee of the National World War II Museum. He also served on the Board of the Contemporary Arts Center. Mr. Coleman is a past Chairman of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. He also is a past Chairman of Junior Achievement and is the recipient of the 1992 JA Business Hall of Fame award. He is the past Chairman of Metairie Park Country Day School. Mr. Coleman is a member of the Business School Council of Tulane University. He is a past Chairman and Board member of the Nature Conservancy of Louisiana. He is on the National Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is a member of the World Presidents Organization and the Chief Executives Organization. 

He has previously served on the Boards of Freepmi-McMoRan, Inc., Hibernia National Bank, and Jefferson Guaranty Bank. He has served as a Board Member of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. 



Beth Rudin DeWoody, daughter of the late real estate developer Lewis Rudin and the late Gladyce Begelman, is a native of New York.  Ms. DeWoody is married to renowned photographer, Firooz Zahedi.  Mr. Zahedi published a photograph book on Elizabeth Taylor called “My Elizabeth”.   He also published a book called “City of Angels” for Vendome Press.  Ms. DeWoody studied at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in anthropology and film studies and completed her studies at the New School for Social Research in New York City where she received her B.A. in Liberal Arts. 


Ms. DeWoody curated many shows for several different art galleries between New York City, New Orleans, London, and Vermont including “Inspired” at Steven Kasher Gallery, “Hunt & Chase” at Salomon Contemporary in East Hampton, “Pink Show” at Sarah Gavlak Gallery, “In Stitches” at Leila Heller Gallery,, “I Won’t Grow Up” at Cheim & Read, “Just What Are They Saying” at Jonathon Ferrara Gallery, “What’s Your Hobby” at Fireplace Project,  “A House Is Not A Home” at Caren Golden Fine Art, “eBay Items” at Shelburne Museum, “Luxury Goods” and “It’ll Cost You” at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, “January White Sale” at the Loretta Howard Gallery, “Bad For You” at the Shirazu Gallery in London, “Look At Me” at Leila Heller Gallery, “Please Enter” at the Franklin Parrasch Gallery, and “Really?” at Wilding Cran Gallery.  There was also a show of her collection of California art from the 1940s to 1980s at the Parrish Museum in Southampton called EST-3 which was curated by David Pagel.  The Norton Museum of Art has organized a couple of exhibitions to showcase Ms. DeWoody’s work, The Triumph of Love: Beth Rudin DeWoody Collects, and Still/Moving: Photographs and Video Art from the DeWoody Collection.  The Taubman Museum in Roanoke, VA organized a show called “Reclamation” which featured Pan-African works from Ms. DeWoody’s collection.  Chicago’s Rebuild, Expo, and Art in America exhibition titled “In The Absence of Light: Gesture, Humor and Resistance in The Black Aesthetic” featured selections from Ms. DeWoody’s collection.  Ms. DeWoody has a private art space called The Bunker Artspace in West Palm Beach which opened in 2017 and displays works from her collection.


Ms. DeWoody resides between New York City, Los Angeles, and West Palm Beach. 



Billie Milam Weisman did her graduate studies in art history at UCLA and post graduate in art conservation at Harvard and MIT. She was head of sculpture conservation at LACMA and late at the Getty. During this time she also worked freelance as a conservator, curator, and art consultant to several of LAs major art collectors and museums. She has served and currently serves on several art and philanthropic boards. With the passing of her late husband Frederick, she took on the full-time responsibility as the Director of the Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation. She currently curates three to four exhibits a year from the holdings of the foundation's contemporary art collection at outside universities and institutions. Foremost, she is in charge of maintaining the foundation itself as a house museum, welcoming visitors to tour the estate as Frederick had wished in perpetuity.



CCH Pounder is an Award-winning actress and prolific art collector and advocate of the arts. 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, the 2015 Carney Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore, 2015 Honoree at the Grand Performances Gala in Los Angeles, the 2016 SweetArts Performing Arts honoree from the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, the National Urban League’s 2017 Women of Power Award and the 2018 Bob Marley Award from AFUWI (American Foundation for the University of the West Indies). In addition to her prolific acting career and advocacy, Pounder has been extensively involved with the arts as a patron, collector, gallery owner and museum founder. Originally from Georgetown, Guyana, Pounder’s collection consists of Caribbean and African artists and artists of the African Diaspora. Her collection is heavily concentrated in the area of Contemporary Art but also includes traditional African sculptures. In 1993 Pounder and her husband, the late Boubacar Koné, founded and built the Musée Boribana, the first privately owned contemporary museum in Dakar Senegal, which they gifted to that nation in 2014. Pounder’s personal collection contains over 500 works of art, many of which she has generously loaned to Xavier University for a series of exhibitions and some which were recently on exhibit at Somerset House in England.




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 Sirmans; prestigious collector, Lester Marks (Houston); Joan Mitchell Center Director, Gia Hamilton; collector / principle of the Francis H. Williams Collection, Francis H. Williams; Head of Curatorial Affairs at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, René Paul Barilleaux; and actress, collector and art advocate, CCH Pounder; Dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University, Carmon Colangelo; Art advisor at Matthew Clayton Brown, Robyn Dunn Schwarz and Executive Vice President of Art Miami LLC, Nick Korniloff. 



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 must submit between ONE and FIVE artworks for consideration. Each submission is allowed up to three additional detail images. 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.



2021 Important Dates