A while back I posted a call for submissions for the Northwest Biennial held at the Tacoma Art Museum. I recently received the list of selected artists, and not one of you people was on it—unless you were using your Seattle or Portland address (and an alias). Which, come to think of it, looks like it would be a good strategy. No doubt the artists chosen are an excellent bunch; you’ll be able to judge for yourself when the show is up, January 31 – May 25, 2009. For an impression of the previous biennial, see the report from smart Seattle art critic/blogger Regina Hackett. However, I’m sure there are Montanans who deserve to be there. I realize a month and a half wasn’t much warning for a submission of this magnitude. So this time I’m giving you a year and a half. Deadline coming up in July 2010. New Year’s resolution, anyone?
Tacoma Art Museum Announces Call to Artists for 9th Northwest Biennial
(Tacoma, WA) – Tacoma Art Museum is accepting entries for the 9th Northwest Biennial from Saturday, June 14 through Saturday, July 26, 2008, via the CaFÉ (Call for Entry) online application process. The Biennial is open to current residents of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. (Tacoma Art Museum employees, trustees, and their families are not eligible.) Only work created since January 2007 will be considered. Artists working in a wide variety of media, including traditional forms, craft-based work, conceptual, performance, installation, and digital projects, are encouraged to apply. There is a nonrefundable $25 entry fee. Applications will be juried by Alison de Lima Greene, Curator of Contemporary Art and Special Projects at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Rock Hushka, Director of Curatorial Administration and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at Tacoma Art Museum. Deadline for entries is midnight on Saturday, July 26, 2008.
The 9th Northwest Biennial will focus on the current aesthetic and conceptual concerns addressed by regional artists. “Northwest artists adapt and shed ideas, media, and imagery to define themselves as artists while reinventing or restating the core notion of a Northwest artist,” said Hushka. “Because the concept of ‘regional art’ continually collapses and rebuilds, the subtle shifts in the imagery, stylistic impulses, and conceptual foundations reveal how the region’s artist community participates in the broad dialogue of contemporary art.”
Online Submission Process