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Texas Biennial Announces Special Fifth Anniversary Exhibition

Texas Biennial 5th Anniversary in Houston, TX

The Texas Biennial is pleased to announce two special exhibitions in celebration of the 5th anniversary of the longest-running state visual arts biennial in the U.S. Each exhibition will feature work by past Biennial artists, and will run from August 23 through September 28, 2013.

Lawndale Art Center in Houston will present the Texas Biennial Invitational: Christie Blizard, Marcelyn McNeil, Tom Orr and Brad Tucker, featuring current works by four past Biennial artists, two of whom – McNeil and Tucker – have also been selected for the 2013 Texas Biennial group survey exhibition opening September 4 at San Antonio’s Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.

Blizard (Lubbock, San Antonio / TX★09, TX★11) will show video and performance-based work; McNeil (Houston / TX★11, TX★13) will contribute paintings from her ongoing exploration of abstraction; Orr (Dallas / TX★07, TX★11) will be represented by both sculptural and two-dimensional work; and Tucker (Austin / TX★07, TX★11, TX★13) will install sculptures from two of his most recent series.

Big Medium in Austin will present New and Greatest Hits: Selected Work by Texas Biennial Artists 2005-2011, featuring past Biennial entries and recent work by 26 artists:

Frances Bagley (Dallas, TX★07)

Joshua Bienko (Chattanooga, TN, TX★11)

Justin Boyd (San Antonio, TX★09)

Susi Brister (Austin, TX★11)

Bill Davenport (Houston, TX★09)

Peat Duggins (Boston, MA, TX★05, TX★07)

Celia Eberle (Ennis, TX★05, TX★09)

Jonathan Faber (Austin, TX★11)

Heyd Fontenot (Dallas, TX★05, TX★07, TX★09)

Rigoberto A. Gonzalez (Harlingen, TX★11)

Hana Hillerova (Houston, TX★11)

TJ Hunt (Austin, TX★11)

Jules Buck Jones (Austin, TX★09)

Baseera Khan (New York City, NY, TX★07)

Jayne Lawrence (San Antonio, TX★09)

Ivan Lozano (Chicago, IL, TX★09)

Jonathan Marshall (Richmond, VA, TX★05)

Carolyn Zacharias McAdams (Valley View, TX★09)

Linda Pace (d. 2007, TX★07)

Katie Pell (San Antonio, TX★09)

Jason Reed (Austin, TX★11)

Matthew Rodriguez (Austin, TX★05)

Anthony Sonnenberg (Seattle, WA, TX★11)

Shane Tolbert (Houston, TX★11)

Kelli Vance (Houston, TX★09)

Jade Walker (Austin, TX★09, TX★11)

The anniversary exhibitions are co-curated by two past Biennial curators, Michael Duncan (TX★09) and Virginia Rutledge (TX★11).

Opening Receptions

Texas Biennial Invitational
Friday, August 23, 5-6:30pm
Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002

New and Greatest Hits: Selected Work by Texas Biennial Artists 2005-2011
Saturday, August 24, 6-8pm
Big Medium, 916 Springdale Rd Bldg 2, #101, Austin. Texas 78702

About the Venues

Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art. Lawndale is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by Houston artists. Lawndale presents exhibitions, lectures and events, and offers an annual residency program to further the creative exchange of ideas among Houston’s diverse artistic, cultural and student communities.

Big Medium is an Austin-based organization whose mission is to support the visual arts and artists in Texas. In addition to offering low-cost studios, Big Medium programs an exhibition space, presents the East and West Austin Studio Tours, and organizes the Texas Biennial.

About the Curators

Critic and independent curator Michael Duncan is a Corresponding Editor for Art in America. His writings have focused on individualistic artists of the twentieth century, West Coast modernism, twentieth century figuration, and contemporary California art. His curatorial projects include surveys of works by Pavel Tchelitchew, Kim MacConnel, Lorser Feitelson, Eugene Berman, Richard Pettibone, Alberto Burri, and Wallace Berman. He is the author of LA RAW: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles 1945-1980, From Rico Lebrun to Paul McCarthy, and O! Tricky Cad and Other Jessoterica, as well as co-curator of the current traveling exhibitions An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan, & Their Circle (Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento) and Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent (Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York). Duncan was the curator of the 2009 Texas Biennial.

2013 Texas Biennial Curator-at-Large Virginia Rutledge is an art advisor and attorney focused on contemporary art, intellectual property, and cultural organizations. Previously a curator for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, and vice president and general counsel of Creative Commons, she is now in private practice, and lives and works in New York and Texas. Her writing on art-related topics has been published in Art in AmericaBookforum and Artforum. Her independent projects include exhibitions of work by Lutz Bacher, Mike Bidlo and Boris Mikhailov, among others. Rutledge was the curator of the 2011 Texas Biennial.

About the Texas Biennial

The Texas Biennial is an independent survey of contemporary art in Texas, founded to create an exhibition opportunity for all artists living and working in the state. In the fall of 2013, the Biennial celebrates its 5th anniversary with a range of exhibitions and other programming at venues in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Marfa and San Antonio.

Since its founding, the Texas Biennial has explored a variety of exhibition formats and organizational models and has embraced collaborations with many partners. The central feature of the Texas Biennial is an open call group survey exhibition, to be presented from September 5 – November 9, 2013 at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, with selected performances during the run of the exhibition at CentralTrak–The Artist Residency of the University of Texas at Dallas. A Biennial commissioned artist project for 2013 will also be presented by Ballroom Marfa.

The TX★13 curators are Bill Arning, René Paul Barilleaux, Christian Gerstheimer, K8 Hardy, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Annette Lawrence, David Pagel, Bárbara Perea, Christina Rees, Dario Robleto, Noah Simblist, Jeremy Strick, Clint Willour and Virginia Rutledge (Curator-at-Large). Details at

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