First organized in 1948, the Arizona Biennial is a juried exhibition that showcases some of the most innovative and diverse new artworks being created in the state. For emerging artists, this exhibition often provides an opportunity to exhibit their art in a museum setting or to introduce their work to a large and diverse audience for the first time. Conversely, museum visitors are exposed to artworks by established artists with statewide, national, and international reputations.

We wish to thank all artists who submitted artworks to TMA’s Arizona Biennial 2024. With over 560 entries, the most submitted to any Biennial in recent history, it underscores the fact that Arizona is home to thriving arts communities, Tucson being one of them.

This year’s juror, Natasha Becker, curator for the Arts of Africa at the Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco will begin the jurying process soon. An email communication indicating the timeline for jurying, selection, and notification will be sent soon to everyone who submitted. Important dates related to the exhibition are listed below.

Calendar:

July 15-19, 2024, Notification of results emailed. ALL artists will receive notification, whether they were selected or not.

October 10-11, 2024, Artworks will be accepted at Tucson Museum of Art lobby from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

October 11, 2024, Shipped entries must arrive to museum, PREPAID, by 4:00 p.m.

October 18, 2024, Opening reception, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. TMA members and invited guests.

October 19, 2024, Opens to the public and on view through February 9, 2025.

February 10, 2025, All exhibited artworks to be picked up, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

February 18-21, 2025, Shipped works prepared for return shipping.

About the Juror Natasha Becker:

Natasha Becker was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied African history. She came to the United States in 2003 and participated in the art history graduate program at Binghamton University (New York) before heading to the Clark Art Institute (Massachusetts) where she specialized in contemporary African art and advanced academic programs in global art history.

She trained as an independent curator, working closely with artists to develop exhibitions, advance a critical understanding of their work, and build relationships with collectors, galleries, and institutions. In 2018, she co-founded Assembly Room, a community space for curators, a platform for emerging artists, and a forum for educational collaborations in New York City. She has curated exhibitions for the International Video Art Festival (Massachusetts), Goodman Gallery (South Africa), International Print Center (New York), Osage Foundation (Hong Kong), Ford Foundation for Social Justice Art Gallery, among many more.

Becker is the curator for the Arts of Africa at the Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco since December 2020 where she is focused on curating meaningful connections with the arts of Africa through the reinterpretation of the permanent collection, establishing a new program of contemporary African art, and collaborating on public programs that enriches visitor experiences. In 2022 she curated “Lhola Amira: Facing the Future,” a contemporary exhibition with artist Lhola Amira that explores ideas of cultural trauma, ancestor support, and gestures toward healing. She has taught courses on contemporary South African art, contributes to publications about contemporary African art, and regularly speaks on topics related to the arts of Africa.

Upcoming exhibitions also include 1898: US Imperial Visions and Revisions, a show co-curated with Kate Clarke Lemay, which will offer a critical examination of the events that turned the U.S. into a world power with overseas territories. As the curator who led the portrait commission of former President Obama by Kehinde Wiley, Becker is a contributing author to the book The Obama Portraits, published in 2020 by Princeton University Press.

JURADA NATASHA BECKER

Natasha Becker nació en Ciudad del Cabo, Sudáfrica, donde estudió historia africana. Llegó a Estados Unidos en 2003 y participó en el programa de posgrado en historia del arte de la Universidad de Binghamton (Nueva York) antes de dirigirse al Clark Art Institute (Massachusetts), donde se especializó en arte africano contemporáneo y programas académicos avanzados en historia del arte global.

Se formó como curadora independiente, trabajando estrechamente con artistas para desarrollar exhibiciones, promover una comprensión crítica de su trabajo y establecer relaciones con
coleccionistas, galerías e instituciones. En 2018 cofundó Assembly Room, un espacio comunitario para curadores, una plataforma para artistas emergentes y un foro para colaboraciones educativas en la ciudad de Nueva York. Ha comisariado exhibiciones para el Festival Internacional de Videoarte (Massachusetts), Goodman Gallery (Sudáfrica), International Print Center (Nueva York), Osage Foundation (Hong Kong), Ford Foundation for Social Justice Art
Gallery, entre muchas más.

Becker ha sido curadora de Artes de África en los Museos de Bellas Artes de San Francisco desde diciembre de 2020, donde se centra en curar conexiones significativas con las artes de África a través de la reinterpretación de la colección permanente, estableciendo un nuevo programa de arte africano contemporáneo, y colaborar en programas públicos que enriquezcan las experiencias de los visitantes. En 2022 fue curadora de “Lhola Amira: Facing the Future”, una exhibición contemporánea con la artista Lhola Amira que explora ideas sobre el trauma cultural, el apoyo a los antepasados y los gestos hacia la curación. Ha impartido cursos sobre arte sudafricano contemporáneo, colabora en publicaciones sobre arte africano contemporáneo y habla regularmente sobre temas relacionados con las artes de África.

Las próximas exhibiciones también incluyen 1898: US Imperial Visions and Revisions, una muestra co-curada con Kate Clarke Lemay, que ofrecerá un examen crítico de los acontecimientos que convirtieron a Estados Unidos en una potencia mundial con territorios de ultramar. Como la curadora que dirigió el encargo de retratos del expresidente Obama realizado por Kehinde Wiley, Becker es autora colaboradora del libro The Obama Portraits, publicado en 2020 por Princeton University Press.