The Texas Biennial is an independent survey of contemporary art in Texas. The fifth edition of the exhibition will take place in the fall of 2013, making the Texas Biennial the longest-running state biennial in the U.S. In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the project, the Texas Biennial presents two special exhibitions on view simultaneously at Lawndale Art Center in Houston and Big Medium in Austin, August 23 ‒ September 28, 2013. Co-curated by former Biennial curators Michael Duncan (TX★09) and Virginia Rutledge (TX★11), the Texas Biennial Invitational at Lawndale will showcase current work by four previous Biennial artists, two of whom – McNeil and Tucker – have also been selected for the 2013 Texas Biennial group survey exhibition opening September 5 at San Antonio’s Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. Christie Blizard (Lubbock, San Antonio / TX★09, TX★11) will show video and performance based work; Marcelyn McNeil (Houston / TX★11) will contribute paintings from her ongoing exploration of abstraction; Tom Orr (Dallas / TX★07, TX★11)will be represented by both sculptural and two dimensional work; and Brad Tucker (Austin / TX★07, TX★11) will install sculptures from two of his most recent series.