Salina Art Center | Free Admission
May 25 - September 4 | Salina Biennial
The Salina Biennial was established in 2018, in part as a continuation of the regional invitational, an exhibition held at the Art Center from 1979 until 2002, but also to highlight artists who are balancing the traditions and history of our region with a larger, global contemporary practice. It includes artists from Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.
"The selected artists’ work reflects a breadth of interests—from aesthetic and formal concerns to issues of representation and identity, geographies and borders, and practices seeking to re-articulate or elucidate fraught sociohistorical issues. In these uncertain times, I feel strongly it is important to look to contemporary artists to help us explore and think through the complexities of the issues confronting us. These makers grapple with personal, communal, and political stories that illuminate lesser-known histories and distinct relationships to place and personhood. In this way, their works simultaneously celebrate and complicate our understanding of the human condition and the state of social and/or institutional infrastructures that govern or have somehow informed the way we live."
-Tyler Blackwell, Juror