The Arizona Biennial showcases some of the best in regional contemporary visual art in the state, said Julie Sasse, chief curator at the Tucson Museum of Art.

“The Arizona Biennial has been in existence in some form or another since 1948… we have a real commitment to the art of this region," she said.

More than 1,250 works were submitted to Arizona Biennial 2013, and 80 pieces were selected for the exhibition by guest curator René Paul Barilleaux, chief curator and curator of art after 1945, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas.

“We invite an outside curator to come in and give a fresh perspective on the art of this area,” Sasse said. “What they usually try to do is create a cohesive exhibition, so it’s great to work with a different curator and see what interests them, and see what they find exceptional in the art of this area.”

The Arizona Biennial concludes with a Biennial Bash on Sunday, Sept.29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at TMA. For more information visit the museum's website.