Tay Butler, Big Floyd, 2020. Inkjet print on adhesive vinyl. 8 3/4 inches X 111/2 inches Courtesy of the artist and Fotofest. 

The 2021 Texas Biennial is a multi-site survey exhibition that showcases the breadth and variety of visual art practices in the Lone Star State, founded in 2005 and produced by Austin-based art non-profit Big Medium. 

This year, the seventh iteration entitled A New Landscape, A Possible Horizon is curated by Project Row Houses alumni, Ryan N. Dennis and DC-based writer and scholar, Evan Garza. For both Dennis and Garza, organizing the Biennial while the world was ravaged by COVID-19 and social uprisings was no easy feat. The duo conducted hundreds of studio visits, some in-person pre-pandemic and others virtually. The featured artists were selected from more than 850 candidates and range from painting to sculpture, film and video, installation, sound, music, and social practice. 

“I am thrilled to be in dialogue with our artists about what has been resonating with them. It is such an unprecedented time to be making work and having a specificity around Texas and the influence of this complex state. My hope is that people explore with us, with our artists, the expansiveness of the constellation we are creating with some beautiful, brilliant minds,” Dennis says in a statement. 

Autumn Knight, Meesh Suite Polaroids No. 3, 2021. Unique polaroid photograph, 4.17 x 3.13 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Fotofest. 

The Biennial is taking place across five Texas museums. Mostly concentrated in San Antonio, this year's program includes artists and collectives that were either born, raised, founded or currently based in Texas. For the first time ever, the Biennial will also feature international artists whose work considers Texas a major part of their focus. 

Here's a list of all the Houston born or based artists featured in the 2021 Texas Biennial:

  1. Regina Agu b. 1981, Houston, TX and lives in Chicago, IL
  2. Tay Butler b. 1980, Milwaukee, WI and lives in Houston, TX
  3. Gregory Michael Carter b. 1979, Houston, TX and lives in Houston, TX
  4. JooYoung Choi b. 1982, Seoul, Korea and lives in Houston, TX
  5. Adriana Corral b. 1983, El Paso, TX and lives in Houston, TX
  6. Jamal Cyrus b. 1973, Houston, TX and lives in Houston, TX 
  7. Colby Deal b. 1988, Houston, TX and lives in Houston, TX
  8. Melvin Edwards b. 1937 in Houston, Tx and lives in Baltimore, MD; New York, NY; Plainfield, NJ; Accord, NY; and Dakar, Senegal
  9. Filipinx Artists of Houston founded in 2019 in Houston, TX
  10. Tomashi Jackson b. 1980, Houston, TX and lives in Cambridge, MA and New York, NY
  11. Ann Johnson b. 1967, London, England and lives in Houston, TX
  12. Trenton Doyle Hancock b. 1974, Oklahoma City, OK and lives in Houston, TX
  13. Ryan Hawk b. 1992, Houston, TX and lives in Houston, TX
  14. Autumn Knight b. 1980, Houston, TX and lives in New York, NY
  15. Rick Lowe b. 1961, Eufaula, AL and lives in Houston, TX
  16. Matt Manalo b. 1984, Manila, Philippines and lives in Houston, TX
  17. Adam Marnie b. 1977, Minneapolis, MN and lives in Houston, TX
  18. Lynne McCabe b. 1975, Glasgow, Scotland and lives in Houston, TX
  19. Phillip Pyle II b. 1980, Houston, TX and lives in Houston, TX
  20. Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez b. 1984, Glenarden, MD and lives in Pearland, TX
  21. Irene Antonia Diane Reece b. 1993, Houston, TX and lives in Houston, TX
  22. Kaneem Smith b. 1976, Buffalo, NY and lives in Houston, TX
  23. Kara Springer b. 1980, Bridgetown, Barbados and lives in Houston, TX and Toronto Canada
  24. Mich Stevenson b. 1987, Houston, TX and lives in Houston, TX
  25. Lanecia Rouse Tinsley b. 1978, Atlanta, GA and lives in Houston, TX
  26. Vincent Valdez b. 1977, San Antonio, TX and lives in Houston, TX and Los Angeles, CA
  27. Jasmine Zelaya b. 1983, Pasadena, TX and lives in Houston, TX

Houston-based art platform FotoFest is partnering with the Texas Biennial team to present In Place of Index, a joint exhibition featuring work by twelve artists whose work privileges photography, video and performance. The show opens on September 2 at Silver Street Studios. 

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