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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.

El Paso Museum of Art Announces New Exhibit OKU/READ

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to view its newest exhibit, OKU / READ that opens on Saturday, March 11.

The exciting exhibit displays a contemporary art installation by Turkish-American artist Beliz Iristay, who moved to San Diego from Turkey in 2005. The artist develops her critical exploration of cross-cultural themes and melding of historical and contemporary methods.

OKU | READ is the first solo show from EPMA’s collaborative Border Biennial project with the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez. Iristay received the award of a solo show from among 44 American and Mexican artists appearing in the 2015 Biennial.

“Iristay’s sculpture in the juried Border Biennial became an anchor piece of the exhibition, and we are proud to show new work by this artist that extends and develops her examination of the cultural traditions she has encountered,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez.

Iristay’s special installation fills EPMA’s Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery with reimagined and reconfigured rahles, the traditional wooden bookrest for the Quran. Covered with colorful vintage calendar cards from the Turkish military, Iristay’s rahles hold hundreds of minarets, whose translucent beauty is at odds with their chaotic positioning, which symbolizes aggressive ignorance.

The artist titled her work OKU, which means “read” and is the first word of the Quran.

Born in Izmir, Turkey, Iristay graduated from her native city’s Dokuz Eylül University with a specialization in ceramics. In 2005 she moved to San Diego, and now divides her time between the city and her studio located across the international border in Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada. The artist embraces not only historical methods such as Japanese raku, but also modern ceramics, cast resin, murals, mixed-media installations, and public art commissions.

The exhibit is free and will be on display through June 25. For more information, call the El Paso Museum of Art at(915) 212-0300.

El Paso, Juarez set to host Border Biennial Art Show

Artists from 10 states and two nations will showcase their work at the IV Bienal Ciudad Juárez-El Paso Biennial 2015. Presented by S-Mart, this is a collaboration between the El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez (MACJ).

“Each of the artists will show one work at the EPMA and a second work simultaneously at the MACJ,” said Tracey Jerome, director of the City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. “While the Border Biennial is not restricted by theme, many of the artists’ work examine personal, cultural, or political issues related directly to life on the US-Mexico border.”

Jessika Edgar Seated Woman, 2014 Ceramic, sprayed rubber, copper leaf, metal stool
Jessika Edgar
Seated Woman, 2014
Ceramic, sprayed rubber, copper leaf, metal stool

The Ciudad Juárez-El Paso Biennial is unique among contemporary art biennials, not only by offering two US-Mexico venues for the presentation of the chosen artists’ works, but also by offering the sole juried exhibition in the world that is devoted to artists living and working in a region extending two hundred miles north and south across the entire length of the US-Mexico border.

This venture’s importance was recognized in 2011 when the sister museums were awarded a US-Mexico Cross Border Innovation and Cooperation Award from the Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute.

This year’s Border Biennial set a record for the number of submissions, which topped 150; the more than 40 artists selected for inclusion will each show one work at the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez (MACJ).

The exhibition featuring more than 40 artists will open on Friday, November 6, 2015, and run through February 7, 2016, at the El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte Ciudad Juárez.

Author: City of El Paso