Now in its sixth edition, the Long Island Biennial is a juried exhibition that fosters deeper connections between contemporary artists from Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the communities in which they live and work. The 2020 Biennial brings together 100 artworks by 52 artists. Created in the last three years, the works on view represent a vital cross section of Long Island’s contemporary art.
The Biennial received 841 entries from 302 artists. Jurors Erin Kimmel, Art Writer and Ph.D. candidate in Art History at Stony Brook University; Heidi Lange, Director of DC Moore Gallery, New York City; and Paton Miller, Artist/Curator, selected the works on view on the basis of creativity, quality, and professionalism. Presented throughout the Museum, the exhibition encompasses a remarkable variety of media, with styles spanning abstraction to hyperrealism. The meanings of these 100 diverse artworks range from the personal to the universal, with many artists responding to the challenges and promise of our current moment, including the coronavirus pandemic, social justice, immigration, and environmental crises.
Contemporary art has been essential to The Heckscher Museum of Art since its founding 100 years ago. We remain committed to sharing inspiring and thought-provoking new art with our visitors.
Vote for your favorite works of art in the exhibition!
Two awards – Visitors Choice and Virtual Choice – will be awarded. Vote below for the Virtual Choice Award and visit the Museum to vote for the Visitors Choice Award. Voting ends Sunday, January 3, 2021. Winners will be announced on heckscher.org and social media!
The Heckscher Museum of Art opened to the public 100 years ago. This expansive exhibition traces our history and points to our future by celebrating the people, events, and art that have indelibly shaped the Museum. Unfolding chronologically, the exhibition explores the development of the permanent collection from 185 paintings and sculptures in 1920, to 2,300 works in many media today. Each gallery focuses on a defining chapter in the Museum’s story: our founding in 1920 by civic leaders August and Anna Atkins Heckscher, the transformational tenure of Museum Director Eva Gatling, our pivotal role in preserving the legacies of American modernists Arthur Dove and Helen Torr, and the acquisition of hundreds of artworks from the Baker/Pisano Collection in 2001.
The exhibition weaves together masterworks, rarely exhibited objects, and archival material to illuminate the Museum’s history and to engage our audiences. Spanning the 16th century to the 21st, the checklist includes work by more than 75 artists including: Berenice Abbott, Romare Bearden, William Merritt Chase, Joseph Cornell, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Jean-Léon Gérôme, George Grosz, Marsden Hartley, Winslow Homer, Man Ray, Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keeffe, Howardena Pindell, and Florine Stettheimer. Reporting on the new Museum in 1921, a newspaper noted that “people come and come again to this treasure house of theirs.” We invite you to do the same as we embark together on the next 100 years.