2023 CALL INFORMATION
JONATHAN FERRARA GALLERY proudly hosts the 26th iteration of our annual call for artists - NO DEAD ARTISTS: International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art. The call is open through 19 JUNE 2023 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 in September 2023 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.
Ylva Rouse currently serves as Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida, overseeing the exhibitions and collection of the institution. She came to MOCA Jax from New Orleans, where she served as the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, and later Interim Director, for Prospect New Orleans, the citywide international arts biennial founded by Dan Cameron in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Ylva maintains her ties with New Orleans serving as Chair of the Board for the Tulane artist residency A Studio in the Woods.
In Jacksonville, she is also a member of the city’s Cultural Council’s Art in Public Places Committee, that helps develop public art commissions for Greater Jacksonville. Prior to her tenure with Prospect, Ylva worked as curator in Madrid, Spain and served as Exhibitions Curator at the National Museum Reina Sofia there for many years. With the firm belief in art as a force for change, Ylva’s passion throughout her career has been to work with artists, spread the understanding and enjoyment of the modern and contemporary arts among the general public, and bring awareness to the importance of nurturing the creative spirit, as individuals and as community.
TOM KEYES + KEITH FOX
Tom Keyes is a Principal and Portfolio Manager at Zweig-DiMenna, a New York City-based investment fund. Tom has been a member of the investment management team for over 20 years of his nearly 30-year career on Wall Street. Mr. Keyes is an avid collector of contemporary art and includes the visual arts and animal welfare among his philanthropic interests. Tom holds a BSFS in International Political Science from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Graduate Business School at Columbia University.
Keith is CEO of Phaidon Press and Artspace. Previously, he served as President of BusinessWeek and McGraw-Hill Professional. He is the founding Chairman for the New York City AIDS Memorial. He holds a BA in History from Brown University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Susan Brennan is a graduate of Trinity Episcopal School, Isidore Newman School and Vanderbilt university. She is a local developer and founder of Second Line Stages. She is currently serving on the board of MBS Studios and helping with the construction of 5 new stages and expanded office space. She has also developed 333 Girod St condominiums, 400 Girod St. apartments, 425 Notre Dame Condos, and 618 Conti St apartments. She is currently developing Victoria Estates subdivision in St. Charles Parish with retail and 165 lots for sale.
Susan is a current board member and past President of Prospect New Orleans. She also serves on the Arts Council, the Metropolitan Crime Commission, the Louisiana Film and Entertainment Association, the Cool Cooperative, the Arts Council of New Orleans and the accessions Committee for the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Susan is married to restaurateur Ralph Brennan and is the proud mother of Kathryn McLeod, Patrick Brennan and Kristen Leonard. She also cherishes her seven grandchildren.
For more information, please contact the gallery at info@jonathanferraragallery.
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.
MORE INFORMATION MAY BE FOUND WITHIN THE ENTRYTHINGY APPLICATION PLATFORM BELOW
2023 IMPORTANT DATES
19 JUNE ::: SUBMISSION DEADLINE
30 JULY ::: FINALISTS ANNOUNCEMENT
30 AUGUST ::: EXHIBITION OPENS TO PUBLIC
2 SEPTEMBER ::: EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION
14 OCTOBER ::: EXHIBITION CLOSES