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Arizona Artists Called to Submit works for Arizona Biennial Prospectus available in July 2022

Tucson, AZ – Arizona artists over 18 years of age working in any media are welcome to submit artwork(s) to be considered for Arizona Biennial 2023. This exhibition will be on view at the Tucson Museum of Art from April 1, 2023—September 17, 2023. To submit your work, read the document and fill out the submission form here or click the button to download prospectus. Please read the instructions carefully. 

Save the Dates: Schedule for Artists

September 16, 2022
All entry forms, fees, and content presented via flash drives must be received by the Museum no later than 5p.m. Email submissions and late entries will not be accepted.

November 2, 2022
Juror selection will take place.

November 3, 2022:
Panel: “The Critical Eye: Contemporary Curators in Conversation” Tucson Museum of Art, 5:30 p.m.
Panelists: Taína Caragol, Guest Juror; Curator of Painting and Sculpture & Latinx Art and History, National Portrait Gallery, Laura Copelin, Curator-at-Large, MOCA Tucson, and Julio César Morales, Senior Curator, Arizona State University Art Museum

November 7—11, 2022
Notification of results emailed to applicants.

March 23—24, 2023
Works accepted at Tucson Museum of Art lobby at 200 W Alameda, Tucson, AZ 85701 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

March 24, 2023
Shipped entries must arrive, PREPAID, by 4:00 p.m.

March 31, 2023
Opening reception

April 1, 2023
First day open to the public

September 17, 2023
Last day of the exhibition

September 18, 2023
Artists pick up of all works, at 200 W Alameda, Tucson, AZ 85701 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.

September 18—22, 2023
Shipped works will be prepared for return shipping

About the Juror
Taína Caragol is Curator of Painting and Sculpture & Latinx Art and History at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Her scholarship focuses on Latinx and Latin American art and its institutional and market validation, as well as on the recovery of histories suppressed by colonialism. Since her hiring in 2013 she has significantly increased the representation of Latinx historical figures and artists at the Portrait Gallery, through approximately 200 acquisitions and by curating or co-curating exhibitions such as One Life: Dolores Huerta, UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar, and The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today. She is the director of the Portrait Gallery’s triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2022 and is co-curating the resulting The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today with Leslie Ureña, opened in April of this year.

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 US into a world power with overseas territories. As the curator who led the portrait commission of former President Obama by Kehinde Wiley, she is a contributing author to the book The Obama Portraits, published in 2020 by Princeton University Press.

Caragol has a B.A. in Modern Languages from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.A. in French Studies from Middlebury College, and a Ph.D. in art history from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

About Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
As an institution built upon the original territories of the O’odham, the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (TMA) acknowledges the Indigenous Sonoran Desert communities, past and present, who have stewarded this region throughout generations.

TMA connects art to life through meaningful and engaging experiences that inspire discovery, spark creativity and promote cultural understanding. Founded in 1924, TMA encompasses an entire city block in historic downtown Tucson and is committed to developing quality exhibitions, expanding and diversifying its collection and presenting relevant and innovative programs while broadening public access to the arts.

The museum features exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary art, Latin American art from ancient to today, Indigenous arts and Art of the American West. A permanent collection of over 12,000 works of art spans continents, centuries and media. TMA’s campus includes five properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an art education center and research library, the Museum Store and the highly acclaimed museum restaurant Café a la C’Art.

TMA is a private 501(c)(3) charitable arts and education organization. For additional information visit TucsonMuseumofArt.org or call (520) 624-2333.

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For artists inquiries:
Julie Sasse, Chief Curator
jsasse@TucsonMuseumofArt.org or 520-616-2693

For general media inquiries:
Iesha Doane, Marketing and Communications Manager
idoane@tucsonmuseumofart.org or or 520-616-2687