Our pal Shea Little, founder of Big Medium here in Austin, is working to make our city—and the world—a smarter place with art. From September 30 – November 11, The Texas Biennial will happen as an exhibition of contemporary art that celebrates the many cultures and identities that influence and impact our daily lives across the state. In fact, the 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.

The Texas Biennial is returning in its sixth edition with an ambitious program that celebrates the vibrant and heterogeneous voices across the state. It was founded in 2005 by a group of artists to provide an exhibition opportunity to artists living and working in the State of Texas. Since its inception the Biennial has offered exhibition opportunites to over 250 artists, brought work to new audiences, and spring-boarded careers and artistic development. In 2017, TX★17 will become the longest running state biennial in the country.

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 was welcome to enter their work in any media for consideration. The TX★17 exhibition is one cohesive show that will take place in a single venue in Austin, located at 211 Alpine. Public programming will take place leading up to the exhibition surrounding these topics, as well as while it is on view, further facilitating an inclusive cultural dialogue between artists and their communities.

TX★17 welcomes independent curator Leslie Moody Castro as TX★17 Curator and Artistic Director. Under 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.

For more information on how to be in the action, visit Texas Biennial.

[Photography courtesy of the Texas Biennial]

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