The Texas Biennial is a geographically-led, independent survey of contemporary art in Texas. The program was founded in 2005 to provide an exhibition opportunity open to all artists living and working in the state. The seventh edition of this program will take place in the fall of 2020, making the Texas Biennial the longest-running state biennial in the country. Since its beginning, the program has brought the work of over 300 artists to new audiences, springboarding many of the artists’ careers and development.
From its founding, the Texas Biennial has explored a variety of exhibition formats and curatorial models. While the survey exhibition curated from an open call for art remains the central feature of the project, since its inaugural exhibition the Biennial has grown to include a range of other exhibitions and programming, all in celebration of contemporary art in Texas.
The Texas Biennial has also embraced collaborations with many partners including other arts organizations, arts foundations, art schools and art publications, as well as numerous artists, art critics, and historians, arts administrators and educators throughout the state.