MexiCali Biennial 2018/2019

Organization    MexiCali Biennial

Location    Multiple, including San Bernardino, CA

Type    Open Call

Deadline     March 31, 2018


The MexiCali Biennial will kick off the 2018/2019 program with a powerful weekend of performances at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in Hollywood in the month of June. Additional programming will begin in October 2018 at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art in San Bernardino, CA. Exhibitions will also be held at the Steppling Gallery at SDSU IV campus in Calexico as well as locations on and around the border and venues in Mexicali and Tijuana. More information to come on future locations and projects.


The MexiCali Biennial is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting artwork proposals for the 2018/19 round of programming.  Please consider submitting proposals for this upcoming dynamic set of exhibitions which will take place at venues across regions of California, both north and south of the border. We are accepting submissions in all media including, but not limited to, performance, film, 2D, 3D, installation and new genres. The curators are looking for solidly researched projects which display a strong understanding and focus on the rigor of the curatorial theme. The MexiCali Biennial is open to all artists living and/or working in the US state of California and Mexico. Special consideration will be made for works produced by artists outside of these areas if the curators deem the proposed projects display a strong understanding of the culture and political climate of the region.

Calafia: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise

The curatorial concept for this round of programming will deal directly and indirectly with the myth of the island of California, in particular on the character Queen Calafia.  This mythical character serves as an inspiration and a strong persona, as well as a symbol for California itself. She can be seen as both a cause of and an opposition to circumstances in the past, present and future of this terrestrial paradise.

Proposal Submissions

Please submit all proposals to : The curators will accept up to 2 proposals. Included images should not be more than 1 megabyte. You may include detail shots. A single pdf is preferred which should include CV, website link if applicable, artist statement and a brief explanation of how the proposed works fit into the theme of Calafia: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise. Pdf is not to exceed 5 megabytes. Please e-mail inquiries to Deadline for proposals is March 31, 2018.

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