Tucson, Arizona (March 9, 2023) – Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (TMA) celebrates multidisciplinary works and innovation by outstanding Arizona artists in Arizona Biennial 2023, a muchanticipated showcase since first organized in 1948. The exhibition is scheduled for April 1, 2023 to October 1, 2023. For emerging artists, this exhibition often provides an opportunity to exhibit their art in a museum setting or to introduce their work to the public for the first time. Museum visitors are also exposed to works by established artists with statewide, national, and international reputations.
Arizona artists over 18 years of age working in any media were invited to submit for consideration for Arizona Biennial 2023. From 400 entries, 67 works were selected for exhibition by guest juror Taína Caragol, Curator of painting, sculpture, and Latinx art and history at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition contains a variety of media, including video, textiles/fiber arts, photography, painting, works on paper and more. For more information, visit: tucsonmuseumofart.org
“I sincerely thank the Arizona artists who submitted their artworks to our 2023 Biennial, as well as this year’s distinguished juror for thoughtfully reviewing over 400 entries. TMA’s longstanding state-wide survey of our thriving Arizona arts scene provides an exciting opportunity for museum visitors to discover new and reconsider familiar artists while learning about what caught the juror’s eye,” remarked Norah Diedrich, the Jon and Linda Ender Director and CEO.
“The Arizona Biennial is considered one of the best venues for seeing what is happening with the visual arts in Arizona. Curators and visitors from around the state and country look to this exhibition to become acquainted with a wide variety of art forms from diverse artists. It showcases imagination, innovation, and masterfully created works of art.” said Julie Sasse, Chief Curator
The exhibition is supported by a series of public programs and educational opportunities, including:
• Arizona Biennial 2023: Artists Spotlight Series, Join Arizona Biennial 2023 artists as they discuss their process, share insights on their works in the biennial and discuss how they relate to their larger body of works (Lectures are scheduled Thursday, April 6, 2023, at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, September 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Stonewall Community Foundation Room)
Additional programs, events, and resources related to Arizona Biennial 2023 can be found at TucsonMuseumofArt.org
Arizona Biennial 2023 is presented by Alice and Paul Baker and the Tucson Museum of Art Contemporary Art Society. The 2022/2023 Exhibition Season at TMA is presented by Jim and Fran Allen, Jon and Linda Ender, James and Louise Glasser, and I. Michael and Beth Kasser. AC Hotel Tucson Downtown/Loveblock is the official hotel sponsor of TMA.
High-resolution images and a list of works in the exhibition are available upon request.
Alan Bur Johnson
Jessica James Lansdon
Monica Aissa Martinez
Nikki Berger Martinez
Elizabeth Z. Pineda
Barry L. Shapiro
Kaitlyn Jo Smith