Emily Hermant, Terrain Biennial 2015

Emily Hermant, Terrain Biennial 2015

Terrain Biennial 2019

Terrain Biennial 2019, October 1st - November 17th
Opening weekend: October 4th - 7th, 2019

Terrain Biennial Launch Party 
August 29th 7 - 9pm at Aspect Ratio
864 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 

The 4th Terrain Biennial 2019 continues the path laid down by successive iterations in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Submissions for the 2019 edition are now closed. Thank you to everyone who reached out to participate. Exhibitors and locations will be announced in late summer.


The theme of this years Terrain Biennial is to take stock of the landscape that people are living in today. What is the terrain that we occupy? The environment that has been built? What is the topology of our moment? Artists and hosts should reflect upon the ways in which our environment changes us and how we are changing it.


If you have questions about the Terrain Biennial and want to learn more please email us at info at terrainexhibitions dot org or click on our FAQ or How to Terrain pages.

Richard Medina will reprise his role as Director of the Terrain Biennial. If you have questions about the Biennial please reach out to Richard directly at richard@terrainexhibitions.org. Richard will be connecting with past Terrain hosts and artists to encourage them to participate. So look out for his emails!


Founded in October of 2011 by artist Sabina Ott and author John Paulett, Terrain Exhibitions and The Terrain Biennial re-purposes private spaces such as front yards, porches, or windows, turning them into public spaces in order to foster dialogue between neighbors and provide opportunities for artists and viewers alike to experience new perspectives.

Lisa Boumstein-Smalley and Geoffry Smalley, Terrain Biennial 2015

Lisa Boumstein-Smalley and Geoffry Smalley, Terrain Biennial 2015

Call for Volunteers

Calling artists, designers, photographers, writers, curators, fundraisers, event production professionals, cooks, poets, filmmakers and more! We are actively recruiting volunteers to help with all aspects of Terrain Biennial 2019. Write to us at info at terrainexhibitions dot org

Yvette Brackman, Terrain DK

Yvette Brackman, Terrain DK

Past Terrain Biennial projects

Images from some past projects from the 2013, 2015 and 2017 biennials are available here on our archive page, a full archive of all projects is being built out. If you would like to volunteer to help with this important project please click here to help: Participate