The Texas Biennial is a geographically-focused, 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 sixth edition of this program will take place in the fall of 2017, making the Texas Biennial the longest-running state biennial in the country. Since its beginning, the program has brought the work of over 250 artists to new audiences, which has also springboarded the artists’ careers and development.
The primary focus of the Texas Biennial is a group survey exhibition, curated from an open call for art across the state. Any artist living and working in Texas has the opportunity to enter work in any media. For 2017, the group survey exhibition will be based in Austin, Texas.
The Biennial has worked with many different curators and taken many approaches to selecting artists from the open call. This iteration will be led by Mexico City-based, independent curator Leslie Moody Castro as the TX★17 Curator and Artistic Director.
Under Moody Castro's leadership, the 2017 Texas Biennial 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.