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Museums to Host World’s Only US-MX Border-Focused Biennial Exhibition

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez (MACJ) announce the call for entries to the Transborder Biennial 2018; artists can submit entries online through December 5.

The Transborder Biennial 2018 will be on view from June 1 to September 16, 2018, at EPMA and MACJ. This contemporary art exhibition brings together artists from the entire US-Mexico border in a dual exhibition featured at the museums.

The focus of the unique international biennial is the transborder theme, which can range from immigration, politics, economics, violence, and landscape, along with the exploration of personal, cultural, linguistic, or conceptual identities related to the border region.

Artists living within 200 miles north and 200 miles south of the US-Mexico border are invited to submit their work.

“The El Paso/Juárez region is the world’s largest international border metroplex,” said EPMA Director Victoria Ramirez. “We are extremely proud of the number of artists our biennial inspires, with 287 entrants for the last biennial, as well as the role its themes play for the US-Mexico borderland community.”

The El Paso Museum of Art began its biennial exhibition in 2008. In 2011, the biennial program received a prestigious Award for US-Mexico Cross-Border Cooperation and Innovation from the Border Research Partnership. The last biennial held in 2015–16 received a record number of submissions from almost 300 artists, with work by 23 American artists and 21 Mexican artists shown.

“This biennial offers a unique forum for our local artists and for artists from larger and smaller border communities to place their art and concerns within the context of broader artistic themes and cultural issues,” said EPMA Senior Curator Patrick Shaw Cable.

Two jurors from the U.S. and Mexico, who are distinguished scholars and practitioners in the field of contemporary art, will judge the submissions.

The judges are Gilbert Vicario, a San Diego native who since 2015 has been the Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum, and Carlos Palacios, originally from Venezuela and now Curator at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City.

Prizes, which include one EPMA acquisition award, two solo exhibition opportunities awarded to a Mexican artist at EPMA and an American artist at MACJ, and two binational prizes for residencies at SOMA in Mexico City, will be awarded to selected artists.

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