James Clar: 'Turbulence', light bulb, wire, oscillating fan, AURORA BIENNIAL 2013

AURORA'S mission is to inspire a more accessible future of art and technology by supporting the voices of today's artist and connecting diverse communities through transformative public art experiences.

AURORA is a DALLAS-based public arts organization. Through the AURORA BIENNIAL exhibition and the AURORA EXPANDED year-round programing, AURORA presents works by leading contemporary artists at the intersection of art, technology, and community. By fostering a deeper appreciation of art within the community, AURORA aims to spark curiosity, inspire, and encourage a sense of connectedness among individuals and communities. AURORA believes that art has the power to shape and transform the world around us and is dedicated to creating spaces where artist and audiences can come together to explore, imagine, and dream.

AURORA was founded in 2010 by artists Shane Pennington and Joshua King, along with veteran Dallas arts supporter Veletta Forsythe Lill. The inaugural exhibition was a one-night only public art event featuring light, video, and sound artworks and it has developed into a multifaceted platform. Today AURORA inspires creativity with year-round programs like Art Quest and Video Art Nights. In 2024, the cornerstone Biennial has commissioned 300 visionary artists from over 70 countries and brought more than 350,000 attendees to Dallas to experience this free cultural event.

Miguel Chevalier: 'Digital Icons' generative and interactive Virtual Reality Installation, AURORA BIENNIAL 2018
Shane Pennington: 'Points of Life' 60 ft. LED digital stage curtain, 15-min video loop | Public Art Collection of City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Showcased during AURORA BIENNIAL 2013 with Kelly Price, Dan Cantrell and Dan Fabricant
Refik Anadol: 'Melting Memories'. Comprised of data paintings, augmented data sculptures and light projections, the artwork was projected onto Dallas City Hall during AURORA BIENNIAL 2018
VIDEO ART NIGHTS: A Pop-up video art program presented every Friday night in April throughout downtown Dallas
Quayola: 'Texas Surveys', Projection Installation @ New Stories : New Futures presented by The Arts Council of Fort Worth and AURORA commissioned by the City of Fort Worth @ Pioneer Tower at Will Rogers Memorial Stadium
James Gueurts: Perifphery @ AURORA BIENNIAL 2015
Jon Vogy: Cornersection @ AURORA BIENNEIAL 2015
Alicia Eggert: All the Light You See @ AURORA BIENNIAL 2018