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MFA Alumnus Jeff Gibbons Announced as 2013 Texas Biennial Artist

The Texas Biennial has announced MFA Alumnus Jeff Gibbons as one of their 2013 Artists for his work ‘It Makes Me Cry Sometimes’ and Boylet Toilet’.

About the Texas Bienniel

The Texas Biennial is an independent survey of contemporary art in Texas. The fifth edition of the exhibition will take place in the fall of 2013, making the Texas Biennial the longest-running state biennial in the U.S. 

The Biennial was founded in 2005 by a group of artists in Austin who wanted to provide an exhibition opportunity open to all artists living and working in the state. While the survey exhibition curated from an open call for art remains the central feature of the project, since its inaugural exhibition the Biennial has grown to include a range of other exhibitions and programming, all in celebration of contemporary art in Texas. 

From its founding, the Biennial has explored a variety of exhibition formats and curatorial models. The first three survey exhibitions were presented at multiple venues in Austin. In 2011, the project expanded to include venues in Houston and San Antonio. The survey exhibition has also been curated using different approaches — by a panel of jurors in 2005 and 2007, and by solo curators in 2009 and 2011. For 2013, the Biennial has assembled a stellar group of curators who will work independently, coordinated by a Curator-at-Large. 

The Biennial has also embraced collaborations with many partners including other arts organizations, arts foundations, art schools and art publications, as well as numerous artists, art critics and historians, arts administrators and educators throughout the state. Previous collaborations include a partnership with Austin's Art in Public Places to produce public sculpture as part of the 2009 Biennial exhibition; a conference on contemporary art in 2011 supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Linda Pace Foundation; and, also in 2011, the promotion of independent programming focused on contemporary art by over 60 arts organizations across the state.