Texas Biennial

TX★13 Group Survey Exhibition, Blue Star Contemporary

The Open Call

The Texas Biennial has historically held an open call as the foundation of the final exhibition in order to provide an exhibition opportunity to artists across the state. TX★17 will follow in this tradition, and will make applicants of the open call central to our decision making process as a primary resource of artists across the state.

For the first time in our history all artists selected from the Open Call will be awarded a stipend for participation.

The sixth edition of the Biennial will take place as one cohesive exhibition which will open first in Austin, Texas in the fall of 2017. The exhibition will focus on three elements, all of which are relevant to our current climate and our state within the visual arts: 1) the open call, 2) deconstructing the Texas identity, and 3) exploring our state as a border zone.


In 2017 the Texas Biennial welcomes independent curator Leslie Moody Castro, as TX★17 Curator and Artistic Director. Moody Castro has a history of making artistic voices and the communities they work within central to her practice, all of which oscillate around the importance of place. Moody Castro toggles between Mexico City and Austin as her primary locations, but has an identity in itinerancy. Under Moody Castro’s leadership, TX★17 will magnify the excellence and diversity of contemporary art being produced in the state through three lenses and three exhibition layers: 1) a survey exhibition from an artist open call, 2) the exploration of Texas regions through a documented road trip around the state, and 3) an invited artist exhibition with a focus on Texas’s relationship with its borders.


The Texas Biennial open call for art is open to all artists living and working in Texas. Artists attending Texas-based residency programs are eligible to apply, as long as the work was completed during the time spent in Texas. Artists living and working within ten miles of a Texas border are also eligible to apply (Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Mexico). Artists will be selected on the basis of works entered. Works completed before 2015 should not be entered, and works shown more than twice since 2015 should not be entered.

You may enter work created in any media, with the understanding that the Texas Biennial exhibition venue and format may not be able to accommodate all work. In the case of work involving performance, installation, or some other element which may have not been physically realized at the time you apply, you must provide adequate written documentation describing the work. If you have a question about whether your work can be accommodated, please contact: texasbiennial@bigmedium.org.

The Texas Biennial reserves the right to reject ineligible entries or entries that contain any form of hate speech or gratuitous violence, in its sole discretion.

When To Enter

Applications will be accepted online at texasbiennial.org/opencall.html February 21 through May 31, 2017. There will be no extension or exception.

How to Enter

All entries must be completed using the online Open Call for Art form. Please read the full guidelines carefully before beginning your application.

There is a $30 application fee for each entry. Application fees will not be refunded for entries deemed ineligible.

Complete application guidelines are available here

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