Arizona Biennial 2015 Opens to the Public July 25, 2015 at the Tucson Museum of Art

June 16 / 2015

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Arizona Biennial 2015
Opens to the Public July 25, 2015 at the Tucson Museum of Art

TUCSON, ARIZONA (June 16, 2015) – The Arizona Biennial 2015 opens July 25, 2015 at the Tucson Museum of Art in historic downtown Tucson. First organized in 1948, the Arizona Biennial is a juried exhibition of the most interesting new artwork being created in Arizona. It is the oldest running juried exhibition featuring exclusively Arizona artists. This year’s selections were chosen by guest juror Irene Hofmann, Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico.

More than 1,490 works were submitted to Arizona Biennial 2015 and 50 pieces were selected from 33 artists from throughout the state working in a range of mediums including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation art.

Tucson Museum of Art Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Dr. Julie Sasse, states, “This Arizona Biennial represents ambitious and thought-provoking ideas as well as works that captivate the senses. It shows that contemporary art in Arizona is fully competitive with the rest of the country in formal concerns while addressing the specific qualities of place and culture that make this state so unique.”

The Arizona Biennial 2015 exhibition will remain on view until October 11, 2015.

Arizona Biennial 2015 artists:

David Emitt Adams, Elizabeth Burden, Carlton Bradford, Curt Brill, John H. Clarke, Jeffrey J. DaCosta, Jeff Dodson, Abigail Felber, Denis Gillingwater, Jennifer Holt, Alan Bur Johnson, Daniel Johnson, Carolina Maki Kitagawa, Carolyn Lavender, Ellen McMahon and Beth Weinstein, Brooke Molla, Katherine Monaghan, Anthony Pessler, Emmett Potter, Rembrandt Quiballo, Robert Renfrow, Prima Sakuntabhai, Patricia Sannit, Steven R. Schaeffer, Mike Stack, Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars, Novie Trump, Zachary Valent, Kathleen Velo, Grant Wiggins, and Angie Zielinski.

Related Event: Biennial Bash
October 11, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The public is invited to celebrate the closing of Arizona Biennial 2015 with music, wine, sumptuous bites, and silent art auctions of selected works from the Arizona Biennial 2015, along with works by the Tucson Museum of Art’s Contemporary Art Society (CAS) artist members. The evening will feature live music by Crystal Radio, with Amelia Poe and Daniel Martin Diaz, Arizona wines, and appetizers.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $30 for CAS members, and $50 at the door. For more information email CAS at:

Upcoming selected exhibitions:

Shen Wei in Black, White, and Gray, October 9, 2015 – December 6, 2015

Western Heroes of Pulp Fiction: Dime Novel to Pop Culture, organized by the Tucson Museum of Art, October 24, 2015 – February 14, 2016

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals / Zodiac Heads: Gold, February 13, 2016 – June 26, 2016

Into the Night: Modern and Contemporary Art and the Nocturne Tradition, organized by the Tucson Museum of Art, opening February 27, 2016 – July 3. 2016.

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