Third Coast National Biennial

Merrie Wright, Ceramics, Clay, 3rd Coast National, K space Contemporary

BEST OF SHOW: Merrie Wright, Abstracted Landscape 002: After Wadsworth (This is Where I Live Series)

The Third Coast National Biennial is a juried exhibition of new works of art from all over the USA.  Third Coast National was the first exhibition in K Space Contemporary’s new street level gallery. For its first ten years (2007 to 2016), Third Coast National was an annual exhibition. It is now a biennial exhibition held in the even numbered years. This year, 545 entries were submitted for consideration. Of these, 47 works of art by 28 artists were selected for exhibition.

Congratulations to the 2018 Third Coast National Biennial Award Winners:

  • Best of Show: Merrie Wright, Abstracted Landscape 002: After Wadsworth (This is Where I Live Series), pictured above
  • 2ndPlace – “After Empress Josephine (1804)” by Rhonda Urdang, Flagstaff, AZ
  • 3rdPlace – “Tires for Sisyphus” by Angel Fernandez, Lakeside, TX

Honorable Mentions:

  • “Merit Badges from Social Activities, no. 1” by Annie Arnold, Austin, TX
  • “Somewhat Sour Cylinder” by Lauren Clay, Huntsville, Tx
  • “Spanning” By Samara Rosen, Houston, TX
  • “Trypophobia” by Ling-Lin Ku, Austin, TX

2018 Third Coast National Juror: Suzanne Weaver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art. 

Suzanne Weaver brings nearly three decades of curatorial experience to the San Antonio Museum of Art.  As the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Director of Adult Programs at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky (2009—2014), Weaver organized more than fifteen installations and exhibitions, including a major presentation of films and photographs by the Northern Irish artist Willie Doherty.  She also helped realize over thirty key acquisitions and gifts by artists.  As the Nancy and Tim Hanley Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (1995—2008), she played an integral role in revitalizing the Museum’s international emerging artist exhibition series, Concentrations.  She organized over twenty-two Concentrations exhibitions, which included the first U.S. museum solo exhibitions for many international artists. Weaver’s last Concentrations show was the world premiere of Phil Collins’s monumental, video trilogy, the world won’t listen, which was accompanied by a cross-disciplinary catalogue distributed by Yale University Press. During her tenure at the DMA, she helped acquire over seventy acquisitions and gifts and helped establish an internationally significant new media collection.

The Third Coast National competition averages 180-200 entrants who submit up to 650 works. Approximately 20% of the artists who enter Third Coast National are accepted. The number of pieces selected for exhibition ranges from 40 to 55 works of art. Past Third Coast National jurors include: artists Trenton Doyle Hancock, Sharon Kopriva, Tony Magar, Ray Smith, Mark “Scrapdaddy” Bradford, Andy Coolquitt and Josh MacPhee, Glasstire writer Christina Reese, Art Museum of South Texas Curator Deborah Fullerton, TAMUCC Art Department Chair Rich Gere, Del Mar College Art Department  Chair Ken Rosier, and Ballroom Marfa Co-founder and Executive Director Fairfax Dorn.

Here’s a link to a review of the 2016 Third Coast National written by Jack Wood (Thanks Jack!)


  • July 10: Entry Deadline
  • Aug. 1: Artists Notified by email
  • August 15-18, 22-25, from 11 am to 5 pm: Receiving Hand-Delivered Works
  • August 24: Shipped Works Due (must arrive between August 15-24)
  • Sept. 7, 5:30 – 9 pm: Exhibition Opening with CC ArtWalk
  • Oct. 5: Last Day of Exhibition / ArtWalk
  • Oct. 6, 10-13, 11am-5 pm: Pick Up Hand-Delivered works
  • Oct. 10:  Begin Returning Shipped Artwork

Rhonda Urdang, After Empress Josephine (1804), 3rd Coast National Biennial, K Space Contemporary, ARtCC

2nd Place: Rhonda Urdang, After Empress Josephine (1804)

Tires for Sisyphys, Angel Fernandez, Third Coast National Biennial, K Space Contemporary

3rd Place: Tires for Sisyphus (video still) by Angel Fernandez


Third Coast National Biennial 2018

List of Selected Artists and Works

Annie Arnold, Austin, TX: (2 works) How can we get noticed if we’re all doing the same things (entertaining) and Merit badges from social activities, no. 

Meg Aubrey, Corpus Christi, Texas: Stop Sign

Therese Bauer, El Paso, Texas: (2 works) Modern alphabet – B and Modern alphabet – C

Brenda Burmeister, Converse, Texas: The Rule of Capture

Patricia Chambers (Lindy) Chambers, Bellville, Texas:  The Smell of Rain

John Chinn, Lubbock, Texas: DEMO-NIGHT VIEW: 33 degrees 25′ 10″ N 103 degrees 58′ 29″ W

Lauren Clay, Huntsville, Texas: (2 works) Somewhat Sour Cylinder and Pretty Pink Puff with Black Ribbons

Barbara Cooledge, Cypress, Texas: (2 works)  Violet and Primary

Kevin Curry, Tallahassee, Florida: (2 works)Tallahassee and Gihon River Rock

Angel Fernandez, Lakeside, Texas: Tires for Sisyphus

Nicole Geary, San Antonio, Texas: (3 works) Foreign Matters,  Growth and The Philosopher’s Stone

Cliona Gunter, Austin, Texas: Things Are Slow To Emerge and Blue Red X Wound

Shelah Horvitz, Weld, Maine: (2 works) Ditch, Carthage and Obfuscation

Loc Huynh, Kyle, Texas: (2 works) Potato Salad and Heartbroken in Heart Burn City

Bethany Johnson, Austin, Texas: (2 works) We Live on a Planet: Untitled and We Live on a Planet: Untitled

Ling-lin Ku, Austin, Texas: (2 works) Teleperve and Trypophobia

Elizabeth Mead, Williamsburg, Virginia: Excerpt 10

James Pace, Tyler, Texas: jackrabbittrap

Jean Plough, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Totem

Greg Reuter, Corpus Christi, Texas: (2 works) Freedom-Loyalty Boat and Dreaming of Loyalty

Samara Rosen, Houston, Texas: (2 works) Spanning and Transition

Sarah Serio, Neosho, Missouri: The Lines on His Face Tell the Story of His Pain

Mark Smith, Johnson City, Texas: Washer and Text 7

Benjamin Sorrell, Corpus Christi, Texas: (3 works) CMY (Chaotic), Transubstantiation, and Other Peoples’ Eyes

Kenneth Szmagaj, Harrisonburg, Virginia: Keeper of the Flame

Rhonda  Urdang, Flagstaff, Arizona: (2 works) Veneration of Saint Lucia and After Empress Josephine (1804)

Donna Wolfe, Houston, Texas: Pit fired Antler Pot

Merrie Wright, Whitehouse, Texas: (2 works) Abstracted Landscape 002: After Wadsworth (This is Where I Live Series) and Abstracted Landscape 001: Ode to Potter Mark Pharis(This is Where I Live Series)


Framing Requirements:  2-D works must be properly prepared for exhibition with wire securely attached. Shipped works requiring glazing must use Plexi-glass or equivalent. Only white, off-white or black mats are acceptable. We prefer that drawings and prints be framed for protection; however, we will exhibit works on paper using magnets or clips. Unframed paintings must be painted around the edges in solid black, white or grey or with continued image. The following are not accepted: wet paint, clamp/clip frames, fragile frames, glass, colored mats, and thick, bulky, decorative frames not represented in the juried image as part of the work of art.

Shipping: All shipping costs and liability for damage are the responsibility of the artist. Accepted works must be shipped via UPS in reusable containers. Make sure your name is on your crate in permanent marker on the outside. Do NOT use packing peanuts. Shipped works must arrive at KSC no earlier than August 10 and no later than August 19. Note: Pack your work well with at least 3 layers of bubble wrap or surrounded by styrofoam in a sturdy box. Works that arrive in broken or damaged crates will be returned immediately.

Ship Accepted Works to: K Space Contemporary, 415D Starr Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Return Shipping: A pre-printed shipping label for return shipment must be included with your work OR  emailed to by October 4 with SHIPPING LABEL; in the subject line. To create a return shipping label, visit  If your work is 2D, attached the return shipping label to the back. If your work is 3D, include an envelope with the return shipping label inside your crate where it can be easily identified. If there are specific instructions for return shipping, such as a freight carrier, make a note of it on bright colored paper and staple to the return label.

Hand Delivery: Artists may deliver accepted works of art to KSC on dates and times noted in the Calendar.

Selected Works: KSC reserves the right to reject works not represented accurately in the image and description in the entry form.  KSC may refuse works that arrive damaged, are poorly constructed or poorly presented (dirty mats, warped canvases, etc.).

Promotion & Use of Images: Selecting “Yes” in the “Publicity ok?” blank gives K Space Contemporary permission to use your work(s) of art in promotion for the exhibition (website, social media, print materials).  Artists maintain copyright of all works selected for the exhibition. Artists are credited for works used in promotional materials as follows: “Title of Work” by Artist Name.

Insurance:  KSC takes precautions to protect the artwork at all times however, we recommend that you insure your work. We also recommend that you insure your work while in transit through the shipping company.

Abandoned Works: Works left at K Space Contemporary 60 days after the last day of the exhibition are considered ABANDONED. Abandoned works become the property of K Space Contemporary and will be disposed of, sold, or given away with no compensation to the artist.