Press Release

CALL TO ARIZONA ARTISTS! Arizona Biennial 2018 at the Tucson Museum of Art

October 26, 2017


The prospectus will be available January 12, 2018, online at
Entry fee is $30 for up to three (3) works.


TUCSON, ARIZONA (October 23, 2017) –All Arizona artists over 18 years of age working in any media are welcome to submit their work to be considered for the Arizona Biennial 2018. The oldest running state-wide juried exhibition featuring exclusively Arizona artists, Arizona Biennial 2018 will be on view at the Tucson Museum of Art July 7 – October 6, 2018. The work juried into the exhibition will be selected by guest curator Rebecca R. Hart, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Denver Art Museum, entirely from digital images or from video submissions.

Rebecca R. Hart

Rebecca R. Hart joined the Denver Art Museum as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art in the fall of 2015. Since arriving in Denver, she has organized Audacious: Contemporary Artists Speak Out; Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place; and Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford. Previously, she was the associate curator and department head of contemporary art at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA, 2005-2015). At the DIA, she was the organizing curator for Shirin Neshat’s mid-career retrospective (DIA, 2013 and Seoul, Korea, 2014). Hart facilitated Matthew Barney’s Detroit-based performances SEKHU and KHU (2009-2010), which became Act 2 of Barney’s RIVER OF FUNDAMENT film. She was the organizing co-curator for Julie Mehretu: City Sitings (2007-2008) and more than twenty other exhibitions.

Hart graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Williams College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers from Kansas City Art Institute. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fibers from the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, and a Master of Arts in art history from Wayne State University. Her work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Association of Art Museum Curators, the Joyce Foundation, the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, and the Metropolitan Life Foundation.



March 2:         All entry forms, fees, CDs, and videos must be received by the Museum by 5:00 p.m. Late entries will not be accepted. No emailed submissions.

April 12:          Guest curator Rebecca R. Hart will jury submissions

April 12:          Panel discussion at the Tucson Museum of Art, 6:30 pm

The Critical Eye: What Curators of Contemporary Art Look For

April 16-20:     Notification of results emailed

June 28, 29:     Accepted works delivered to Tucson Museum of Art lobby from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Shipped entries must arrive, PREPAID, by 4:00 pm, Friday, June 29

July 6:             Opening reception: 6:00 – 9:00 pm

October 6:       Last day of the exhibition

October 7, 8:   Pick-up of all works, 10:00 – 4:00 pm

October 22-26: All shipped works prepared for return shipping

For more information, contact Dr. Julie Sasse, Chief Curator, Curator of Modern, Contemporary, and Latin American Art (520) 624-2333, ext. 125

For general media inquiries, contact Kelly Wiehe, Director of Communications and External Affairs, at or 520-616-2687