The Arizona Biennial was first organized in 1948. It’s the oldest statewide juried exhibition featuring works by Arizona artists. The guest juror for this year’s show is Rebecca R. Hart, the curator of modern and contemporary art at Denver Art Museum.
Artists submitted more than 1,500 works for consideration, after the Tucson Museum of Art put out an open call in October 2017. Hart chose 84 works in multiple media, including painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installation art.
About a third of the artists selected are well-known to those who follow the downtown Phoenix arts scene. They include Laura Spalding Best, Bill Dambrova, Christopher Jagmin, and Denise Yaghmourian.
Some, including Alan Bur Johnson and Anthony Pessler, were part of the "Arizona Biennial 2015" lineup. And several, including Cam DeCaussin and Jessica Palomo, are recent graduates of ASU's School of Art. The biennial skipped a year in 2017 because galleries were closed for museum renovations that summer.
Here’s the rest of the "Arizona Biennial 2018" lineup:
Karlito Miller Espinosa
Conor Elliott Fitzgerald
Samantha Frésquez with Merryn Alaka
Hilary L. Garin
George C. Peñaloza
Elizabeth Z. Pineda
Emily E. Ritter
Lisa M. Robinson
The Paradise Boys (Krista Davis and Lily Reeves)
Rhonda Thomas Urdang
“Arizona Biennial 2018” runs July 5 to September 16 at Tucson Museum of Art. Museum admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $7 for students (with college ID) and youth ages 13-17. Children 12 and under are free. The free opening reception takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. Find more information on the Tucson Museum of Art website.