Texas Biennial

TX★13 Group Survey Exhibition, Blue Star Contemporary

Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is the Texas Biennial?

The Texas Biennial is an independent survey of contemporary art in Texas, founded in 2005 to provide an exhibition opportunity open to all artists living and working in the state. The survey exhibition curated from the open call for art remains the central feature of the project. Over time, the Biennial has also grown to include a range of other exhibitions and programming, all in celebration of contemporary art in Texas. The sixth edition of the exhibition will take place in the fall of 2017. You can read an overview of the Texas Biennial in the Austin American-Statesman.

Who organizes the Texas Biennial and how is it funded?

The Texas Biennial is a program of Big Medium, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting contemporary art throughout Texas, funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division. The Biennial is also supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts, private foundations and other nonprofits (including our wonderful venue partners), in-kind sponsorships, generous contributions from Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth and other donors, and the talent and hard work of many volunteers.

What is the Open Call for Art?

The Open Call for Art is an invitation to all artists living and working in Texas to have their work considered for inclusion in the curated group survey exhibition. Any artist living and working in the state can enter work in any media. Since the first Biennial in 2005, the Biennial has brought the work of nearly 300 artists to new audiences.

The 2017 Texas Biennial Open Call for Art will run from February 21 - March 31. Artists may apply online at texasbiennial.org/opencall.html.

When and where will the 2017 Texas Biennial take place?

The 2017 Texas Biennial will produce a single, cohesive exhibition in Austin, Texas in the fall of 2017. Specific dates will be announced as the Biennial approaches.

How are artists and their work selected?

For 2017, the selection of art will be made by Artistic Director and Curator, Leslie Moody Castro. Moody Castro will independently select works from the Open Call for Art. Artist selections will be announced in early summer 2017.

Where can I find more information about the Texas Biennial?

Please check our Past Biennials for more information. Also, vist the Texas Biennial on Facebook for information about current plans and future events.

If you have a question about the Biennial that is not answered by this FAQ, please email texasbiennial@bigmedium.org. Press inquiries, contact Jordan Gentry at gentry@bigmedium.org.

What makes the Texas Biennial different?

The Texas Biennial is artist-started and geographically focused. From the project's beginnings, its objectives have been to provide an exhibition opportunity for all artists living and working in Texas, and to showcase the excellence and diversity of contemporary art being produced in the state. The central feature of the Biennial is a group survey exhibition curated from an open call for art -- all Texas artists working in any media are eligible to enter. While the Biennial is a program of the nonprofit Big Medium, it has remained "independent" in the sense that it is unaffiliated with the curatorial vision of any one organization or institution. Instead, the Biennial has worked with many different curators, some of whom have chosen to expand the exhibition format to include invited Texas artists for some editions of the project. The Biennial is also the longest-running state visual arts biennial in the U.S.

For Artists

How can I participate in the Texas Biennial?

The 2017 Texas Biennial Open Call for Art will run from Feb 21 - Mar 31, 2017.

How are artists and artworks selected from the Open Call?

Artists will be selected on the basis of actual works entered. There is no predetermined number of artists or artworks that will be selected for the 2017 Texas Biennial. The 2017 curator will make an independent selection from a database containing every work entered in the Open Call for Art.

When and where will the selected works be exhibited?

The 2017 Texas Biennial will take place in the fall of 2017 with a range of exhibitions and other programming in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Marfa. The curated group survey exhibition drawn from the open call will be installed in Austin.

For Arts Organizations

How can my organization participate in the Texas Biennial?

The Texas Biennial invites all non-profit arts organizations and artist collectives to participate in TX★17 with their own independently curated exhibitions and programming. Participation can mean any recognition of contemporary art created by artists living and work in Texas. In 2013, participating organizations highlighted exhibitions featuring contemporary Texas artists, installed temporary exhibitions of work(s) by one or more local artists, designated works by Texas artists on display in their permanent collections, and programmed special artist talks and lectures. Please see our Past Biennials page for the list of organizations that participated in 2013. TX★17 participating organizations will be recognized and promoted on the Texas Biennial's website and our Facebook page, as well as in the TX★17 exhibition catalog.

If your organization is interested in participating in the 2017 Texas Biennial, please email moodycastro@bigmedium.org.

How many arts organizations will be participating in the 2017 Texas Biennial?

The list of terrific arts organizations joining TX★17 is growing fast. Details on programming will be announced in late spring. Like our Facebook page for the latest news and announcements.

For Press

Who should I contact with questions about the Texas Biennial?

Please direct all press inquiries to Jordan Gentry at gentry@bigmedium.org or 512.939.6665.

Are images available for press?

Images of many works from previous Texas Biennial exhibitions are available on our Press page. If you would like a publication-quality version of an image from one of our catalogs or our Facebook page, please contact Jordan Gentry at gentry@bigmedium.org or 512.939.6665. Images of 2017 Texas Biennial works will be available after artist selections are announced in early summer 2017.

How can I find out more about previous Texas Biennials?

Please visit our About and Past Biennials pages. Catalogs from all past Biennials are available; please contact Jordan Gentry at gentry@bigmedium.org or 512.939.6665 for more information.