The Texas Biennial has historically held an open call as the foundation of the final exhibition in order to provide an exhibition opportunity to artists across the state. TX★17 will follow in this tradition, and will make applicants of the open call central to our decision making process as a primary resource of artists across the state.
For the first time in our history all artists selected from the Open Call will be awarded a stipend for participation.
The sixth edition of our Biennial will take place as one cohesive exhibition which will open first in Austin, Texas in the fall of 2017. The exhibition will focus on three elements, all of which are relevant to our current climate and our state within the visual arts: 1) The open call, 2) Deconstructing the Texas identity, and 3) Exploring our state as a border zone.
The final exhibition will be open to travel as a cohesive whole in 2018 to any partner organization interested in receiving it. Our goal is to make this edition as accessible as possible while providing continuity between Biennial editions.
In 2017 the Texas Biennial 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 Texas Biennial open call for art 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 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 email@example.com.
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.
Applications will be accepted online at texasbiennial.org/opencall.htmlFebruary 21 through May 31, 2017. There will be no extension or exception.
All entries must be completed using the online Open Call for Art form. Please read the full guidelines carefully before beginning your application.
There is a $30 application fee for each entry. Application fees will not be refunded for entries deemed ineligible.Apply Now