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Closes August 13, 2023 at 11:59pm MST

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) announces the 2024 Border Biennial / Bienal Fronteriza 2024 to be presented December 15, 2023 – April 14, 2024.

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The 2024 Border Biennial / Bienal Fronteriza 2024 will focus on the unique identity of the borderland, which includes a diversity of experiences. The exhibition will explore how the definition of “the border,” has helped shape artists’ artistic practice and make up who they are, including their history, gender, culture, race, sexuality, etc. The 2024 Border Biennial is curated by Claudia S. Preza M.A., EPMA Assistant Curator, alongside curatorial advisors Edgar Picazo Merino and Jazmín Ontiveros Harvey. Engaging programming and a publication capturing the show will accompany the exhibition. While the artworks in the Border Biennial focus on the United States / Mexico border, the exhibition provides an opportunity to reflect on borders and their conditions worldwide.

Entries can be submitted by individuals of any nationality. Individuals must live and work within a 200-mile radius of the United States / Mexico border. For artists’ collectives, at least one member must live or work in this geographic area and must be the applicant and point of contact for the collective. Artists selected for the Biennial may be asked to exhibit artworks submitted, other existing artworks, or newly commissioned works.


  • August 30, 2023 selected artists invited
  • September 1, 2023 artworks ready for shipment
  • December 15, 2023 exhibition opens
  • April 14, 2024 exhibition closes
  • April 18, 2024 artworks shipped back to artists begins

Each applicant must submit images or files for no less than two and no more than five artworks dating from January 1, 2021. All questions must be answered for application to be submitted.

The deadline for applications to the 2024 Border Biennial is 11:59 pm MST on Sunday, August 13, 2023. An incomplete or late submission will result in the application not being reviewed. There are no exceptions.

To apply, submit application via For complete Application Guidelines and Information, download the following document UPDATED_2024_Border_Biennial_Application_Guidelines_and_Information.pdf

The Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez (MACJ) and The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) are committed to fostering, strengthening, and honoring the dialogue spearheaded by curators, artists, and the communities we serve. Together, we are working collaboratively to realign the 2024 Biennial to engage the many voices that will take part in the Biennial, and jointly develop programming to explore and enrich the Biennial themes.

Support for the 2024 Border Biennial is by provided by the Mellon Foundation. Additional support provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts, the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation, and the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.


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