- This article is about the current competition. For the 1980s event hosted by the Birmingham Museum of Art, see Birmingham Biennial (Birmingham Museum of Art).
The Birmingham Biennial is a juried art competition held every two years featuring Alabama artists. The event was founded in 2004 by Amanda Schedler and held at Schedler-Minchin Fine Art. It was suspended for 2008 before moving to Bare Hands in 2010.
 Birmingham Biennial 1
The first biennial, held in 2004, was entitled "Birmingham's Best Young Artists: The City's First Juried Biennial" and featured artists 35 and under. Thomas Deans of Atlanta and Debora Rindge of Chicago served as jurors. Artists included John Stewart Jackson, Lisa Marie Michitti, Patrick Mayton, Breane Trest, John Trest, Olga Lucia Mendoza, Allen Peterson, and Chris Collins.
 Birmingham Biennial 2
The second biennial, held from April 6 through May 31, 2006 at Schedler Minchin Fine Art. It was juried by a panel. Selected artists included Carlton Nell, Jr, Jamey Grimes, Julie Ward, Liesa Cole, Tony Rodio, Mary Catherine Anthony, Michael O'Brien, Sarah Cusimano Miles, Sarah Wiseman, Scott L. Smith, Sonja Rieger, Tom Wegrzynowski, and William Dooley.
 Birmingham Biennial 3
The 3rd biennial was exhibited from April 9 to May 22, 2010 at Bare Hands' gallery. The selected artists were Douglas Barrett, Tony Bingham, Nada Boner, Jackson Echols, Jonathan Hicks, Darius Hill, Chris Lawson, Christopher Lowther, Tracie Noles-Ross, Sonja Rieger, Kristin Skees and Pat Snow. The theme suggested for entries was work that comments on race.
Dan Cameron, artistic director for the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, was the guest juror. In conjunction with the event, artist Julie Watters led art workshops for YWCA of Central Alabama's child-care classes.
- "Shining a light on Alabama artists: Birmingham Bienniel 3 now on display at Bare Hands." (April 15, 2010) Birmingham Weekly