Texas Biennial

TX★13 Group Survey Exhibition, Blue Star Contemporary

The Open Call

The Texas Biennial is an independent survey of contemporary art in Texas, founded to provide an exhibition opportunity open to all artists living and working in the state. The sixth edition of the Biennial will take place in the fall of 2017, with a series of exhibitions focused on relevant conversations around the state, and parallel programming at venues across the state.


The Texas 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. Moody Castro will make individual selections from works entered. For the first time in the Biennial's history, all artists selected from the Open Call will be awarded a stipend.


The Texas Biennial 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 10 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 in Texas 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

The Open Call for Art form will be available on this page from 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. Applications in Spanish are welcome.

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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