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Texas Biennial: Open Call

Closing on: Feb 7, 2020

The Texas Biennial is a geographically-led, 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 seventh edition of the Texas Biennial will take place in the fall of 2020, with a series of programs focused on relevant conversations from around Texas, and parallel programming at venues across the state. For the first time in the history of the biennial, the scope of the project will also include Texas natives and artists with deep connections to Texas working in any part of the world.

In addition to invited artist participants, the 2020 Texas Biennial Open Call will be open to artists currently living and/or working in Texas, Texas natives/expats working anywhere in the world, as well as artists who have produced or exhibited significant work in Texas over the last three years. Artists working in any media or discipline may apply online from December 2, 2019 – February 7, 2020. The 2020 Texas Biennial will take place in the fall of 2020 (between the months of September and December, 2020) with central exhibitions and programming in Austin. Additional details and eligibility guidelines follow.

Curatorial Information

Ryan N. Dennis and Evan Garza are the curators and creative directors of the 2020 Texas Biennial. With central exhibitions and programming to take place in Austin, the curators aim to expand the 2020 exhibition to include sites and cities across the Lone Star State, with satellite exhibitions, performances, panels, and programs happening throughout the duration of the biennial.

The creative direction for the 2020 Texas Biennial will be released in spring/summer 2020, following a period of studio visits, planning, and engagement with invited artists and partner institutions. As Open Call artists contemplate which artworks would be most appropriate to submit for consideration, the biennial curators would like to regard the following issues and questions:

– What are the historical, political, ecological and social conditions that impact the work artists are currently producing?
– What social or cultural impact are artists from Texas making?
– What identity politics are at stake in Texas? How are those issues reflected in contemporary art produced here and by Texans elsewhere?
– What formal or material concerns are currently being investigated by artists presently? What relationship do these concerns have to social, political or environmental concerns?
– What does it mean to identify as Texan in the present moment?


The Texas Biennial is open to all artists living and/or working in Texas, artists native to Texas and Texas expats working anywhere in the world, and artists who have produced or exhibited significant work in Texas in the last three years. Artists attending Texas-based residency or fellowship programs are eligible, as long as the work submitted for consideration was produced or conceptualized while in Texas. Invitations to participate in the Texas Biennial are at the sole discretion of the curators. Artists will be selected on the basis of work entered. Works completed before 2017 should not be entered, and works shown more than twice in Texas since 2017 should not be entered.

Artists may submit work for consideration in any medium and at any scale, with the understanding that exhibition venue and format may not be able to accommodate all work. In the case of 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 info@texasbiennial.org.

Discipline Categories: Crafting Arts Visual Arts
Opportunity Types: Call for Entry