Monday, June 20, 2011

Call to Artists: Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is pleased to announce the 15th edition of the annual No Dead Artists Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art. The exhibition is co-presented by, the First Art Newspaper on the Net.

JULY 20th – Jury winners notified
SEPT 3th – The 15th Annual No Dead Artists Opening
SEPT 1st -25th - Exhibition on display at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
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The No Dead Artists exhibition was founded 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 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 US and ArtDaily came on board to further broadcast the jury winning works to the world, thus giving these emerging artists an even great voice.

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 and artist Tony Fitzpatrick.

For the 15th edition, three renowned arts professionalshave been tapped for the No Dead Artists jury: Collector and Arts Philanthropist Toby Devan Lewis, New Orleans Museum of Art Director Susan Taylor and 21c Museum Director William Morrow.

 The Jurors
Toby Devan Lewis is a philanthropist, art collector, author and curator. For more than twenty years Lewis amassed a collection of art works by emerging artists for the Progressive Corporation, the nation’s third largest auto insurer. This collection, now numbers more than 6300 works and has been rated as one of the country’s top collections by Art and Auction magazine. Lewis’ philanthropy includes major gifts to the New Museum of New York, where she is an active member of its Board of Trustees. She also serves on the boards of the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cleveland Film Society. She is the founding benefactor of Prospect New Orleans, the premiere biennial of international contemporary art in the U.S. She is the 2007 recipient of the Martha Joseph Prize for Distinguished Service to the Arts. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Award of Excellence from the International Association of Professional Art Advisors in 2004, and in 1998 she was honored by the New Museum for her “significant contribution in bringing the visual arts and creative experience to the work environment.” In 2009, she was honored by ArtTable in New York for her contributions to the arts. Toby Lewis’ interest in the arts is constantly challenge how we look and perceive our world and underlines both her professional career and her commitment to the arts and ideas.

William Morrow manages the private collection of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, and has been the Director of 21c Museum, Louisville, KY since 2006. Part of the 21c Museum Hotel, the museum brings contemporary art to the public through innovative exhibitions and programs that integrate art into daily life. Morrow is one of the founding board members of the Kentucky School of Art and a founding member of the Commission on Public Art, Louisville, KY.  He received his MA in Art History and English Literature from the University of St Andrews and an MA in Museum Studies from School of World Art and Museum Studies, University of East Anglia Norwich, England. 21c Museum is North America’s first museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting art of the 21st century. The 9,000-square-foot Museum, part of 21c Museum Hotel, was opened in 2006 and is committed to bringing works of art to the public through innovative exhibitions and programs that integrate contemporary art into daily life. The exhibitions and installations of 21c Museum weave into the fabric of the hotel and the surrounding streetscape, with works of art filtering into both public space and unexpected places.

Susan Taylor has been the Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art since September 2010 and has been a museum director for over twenty years, having led the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College for 12 years and the Princeton University Art Museum for eight years.  At Princeton she is well known for instituting wide-ranging innovations in collections development, planning, programming and outreach. She is also deeply involved in the ongoing debate about collection ownership and cultural property issues, having successfully resolved several ownership claims for works of art in Princeton’s collection. She founded new curatorial departments in the areas of Education and Academic Programming, American Art, and Modern and Contemporary Art and strengthened the museum’s collections, and oversaw the development of an ambitious exhibition and education program that effectively reached campus, national and international audiences.  Taylor is the former director of the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College. During her twelve-year tenure at Wellesley, she oversaw the construction of an award-winning museum facility designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. She holds art history degrees from Vassar College and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She serves on boards and committees of many professional organizations including the Getty Museum and the Frances Lehman Loeb Arts Center at Vassar College.    She holds art history degrees from Vassar College and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.
The No Dead Artists submission period is open from March 1, 2011thru June 20, 2011. The exhibition is open to all mediums including painting, sculpture, glass, metalwork, photography, video, mixed media and installation art.The jury winners are featured in widely attended exhibition at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans from September 1 through September 24, 2011.

Selected jury winners are also featured in articles published on written by art critic D.Eric Bookhardt (ArtPapers and Gambit Weekly New Orleans).
What recent No Dead Artists Winners say about being in the exhibition :
My selection into the No Dead Artists juried exhibition has given my work exposure to a national art audience.  I have been invited to be part of exhibitions in New York, Miami, Birmingham, and even Innsbruck, Austria.  My work has now been acquired by major collectors and museums like the Whitney Museum of Art and the Weisman Art Foundation.  Any emerging artist who takes their work seriously should consider this exhibition opportunity.                  Dan Tague (NDA 2007)

Tague’s work is now in numerous public and private collections including The Whitney Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and the Louisiana State Museum and he is a featured Prospect.2 Biennial artist.

Most juried exhibitions offer little more than the opportunity for young artists to get their feet wet in a local art scene; and therefore these shows usually take place in smaller gallery spaces on an off-month. This is not so with Jonathan Ferrara’s annual No Dead Artists exhibition. Here the competition and the exposure are kicked up a notch: held in the heart of the fall season, it is juried by a nationally recognized panel of art professionals and is exhibited in a reputable downtown gallery. Following our selection for “NDA”, we have received considerable local and national press, sales to high-caliber collectors, countless exhibition opportunities including a solo show at the New Orleans Museum of Art, and gallery representation     - Generic Art Solutions (G.A.S.)  (NDA 2008)
G.A.S. now has gallery representation, and had its first solo museum, an upcoming solo gallery show and is in numerous prominent collections including New Orleans Museum of Art.

Last week a young, gifted artist asked me for advise on how to begin an art career and how to get galleries to take notice. The first thing out of my mouth was 'submit work to the No Dead Artists exhibition at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery.' The competition is where I began, and while it was then a solely regional competition, it now garners press and interest in an increasingly international manner.    - Matthew Cox (2001)

A recent Pew Charitable Trusts Fellowship winner, Cox now has several galleries and his work in collections including the New Orleans Museum of Art, Georgetown College and Beth Rudin Dewoody

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