B22: Wiregrass Biennial showcases the region’s working contemporary artists, illustrating the South’s rich cultural heritage. The juried exhibition encourages innovative and progressive work that utilizes a variety of art forms and media and will feature paintings, sculptures as well as mixed media, new media and installation art.
WMA’s biennial is a juried exhibition that encourages innovative and progressive work and showcases the region’s working contemporary artists, illustrating the South’s rich cultural heritage. Selected work utilizes a variety of art forms and media, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media, new media, and installation art. Three jurors will choose from a field of entries for this year’s exhibition.
WMA will present five awards to this year’s participating artists: the Judge’s Award ($1,000); the Alabama Award ($1,000), which will be given to an Alabama artist in the show; and three People’s Choice awards.
The winners of the Alabama and Judge’s awards will be selected by B22 judge Mario Gallardo, the founder and Executive Director for the Walnut Gallery, a contemporary art gallery, in Gadsden, Alabama.
The People’s Choice Award will be decided through online and in-person voting by the public from the exhibition’s opening date through September 30. In addition to the $1,000 prize for the work that receives the most votes, a second and third place prize of $500 has been added this year to provide additional financial support to artists. The awards are intended to give artists funding to continue to develop new work and support their studio practice.
This exhibition has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.