The Texas Biennial is an exhibition of contemporary art that celebrates the many cultures and identities that influence and impact our daily lives across the state. The Biennial is a geographically-focused, independent survey of the contemporary art in Texas centered around our artistic voices and the communities that thrive on them.
After a period of evaluation and restructuring, the Texas Biennial is returning in its sixth edition with an ambitious program that celebrates the vibrant and heterogeneous voices across the state. In 2017, we are making efforts to shift the focus onto our communities to truly learn from them through our curatorial process.
The Texas Biennial was founded in 2005 by a group of artists to provide an exhibition opportunity to artists living and working in the State of Texas. Since its inception the Biennial has offered exhibition opportunites to over 250 artists, brought work to new audiences, and springboarded careers and artistic development. As we enter a new phase in 2017, TX★17 will become the longest running state biennial in the country.
The Texas Biennial was conceived from an open call for art across the state, which has long been a primary source of investigation. Any artist living and working in the state of Texas is welcome to enter their work in any media for consideration. In 2017, this open call will once again be a primary resource in the curatorial process, and applicants will receive priority.
The TX★17 exhibition is one cohesive show that will take place in a single venue in Austin, located at 211 Alpine. The exhibition will run from September 30 through November 11, 2017. Public programming will take place leading up to the exhibition surrounding these topics, as well as while it is on view, further facilitating an inclusive cultural dialogue between artists and their communities.
TX★17 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 Biennial has worked with a multitude of voices which have strengthened our program and added depth to our history. Each of these voices has approached their iteration of the Biennial with their personal vision and methodology which has enriched our growth.