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. Our 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 heterogenous 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 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 Applying for the open call is of paramount importance and will be considered as such.
The TX★17 exhibition will be one cohesive show that will take place in one single venue opening in Austin in the fall of 2017. Public programming will take place while it is on view, making it a dynamic show full of life, and in 2018 that exhibition will be open to travel across the state to any participating organization open to receiving it.
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.
Our 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.