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Event History

NO DEAD ARTISTS was created in 1995 to give a voice to emerging artists. 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. Now, 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.

What Makes this event different?

This exhibition is known for its diverse range of media, showcasing the best of contemporary art. It has been a stepping stone for artists, leading to national recognition, gallery representation, and acquisitions by museums.

The 28th Annual NO DEAD ARTISTS is a vetted exhibition known for a great diversity in media which showcases a cohesive cross-section of the pulse of Contemporary Art. The call is open through 17 JUNE 2024 and each year the gallery invites a panel of renowned arts professionals and collectors to select the NO DEAD ARTISTS finalists:



An internationally recognized art consultant, Kate has over 25 years of experience curating independent projects and building private collections. She built and curated David Bowie’s art collection from 1992 to 2000 and has subsequently built important collections in her fields of expertise. Her university and institutional projects include the sculpture program at Harvard Business School, a curated collection for the Barr Foundation, and a collection of important pictures for the Four Seasons/One Dalton. Kate has worked in the auction and gallery markets for over two decades and specializes in Impressionist and Modern, Post War and Contemporary, American and Modern British art markets. She is a Trustee of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, the Co-President of the Rowland Foundation and a founder of the national non-profit Year Up.


Toccarra is a nonprofit arts professional with experience spanning community-based cultural programming, artist services, and nonprofit operations. Thomas has served in many capacities within organizations of varying sizes, facilitating opportunities for individuals and communities to access resources that contribute towards a more inclusive, connected, and culturally-rich future. Most recently, she worked as the Director of the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, LA; the inaugural general manager of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY; and inaugural managing director of SPACE, a contemporary multidisciplinary art organization in Portland, ME.


Kate has been working in the museum field for over 25 years as both an exhibition developer and museum educator. Her background is in arts education, creating and conducting innovative arts programs both in classrooms and museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Jewish Museum. She has led conceptual planning and overseen design and fabrication for exhibition projects in partnership with various cultural institutions including: The Boston Children’s Museum, “Peep’s World”; The Brooklyn Botanic Garden – conceptual plan for their new Children’s Garden; The Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, “Heroic Journeys”; and various National Park Service Historic Sites including The Roanoke Island Festival Park. Kate has also consulted in the design of play-spaces for the JCC in Manhattan and private residences in New York City. She most recently led content development for the new 81st Street Studio, an interdisciplinary, multisensory drop-in discovery and play space at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

The call is open to living artists worldwide, at any stage of their careers. ALL MEDIUMS ARE ACCEPTED!

Please do not hesitate to message us with any questions! email: matthew@ferrarashowman.com phone: 504.522.5471


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