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Lawndale Art Center

June, 2011

Lawndale Art Center

Lawndale's Annual Open-Call, Juried Exhibition

Artist, Member and Press Preview

Thursday, June 30, 2011
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Opening Reception & Awards Announcement

Friday, July 1, 2011
6:30-8:30 PM

The Big Slide Show
Wednesday, July 20 & Thursday, July 21, 2011  
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Exhibition on view through July 31, 2011


Houston, Texas -  Lawndale Art Center invites artists living within 100 miles of Houston to submit artworks for a chance to be included in its annual open-call, juried exhibition, The Big Show, and a shot at one of three cash awards.This year's Guest Juror, Larissa Harris, Curator at Queens Museum of Art , will select the show and three award winners based on work submitted in person to Lawndale Art Center.Artists may submit up to three pieces of artwork along with a $30 entry fee ($25 for Lawndale members) on June 15 and 16, 2011.  Jurying of the actual artwork will be conducted over two days.Works not selected for the show must be picked up by the artists on June 20 and 21, 2011.More information about The Big Show and artist entry forms can be found on our website, Cash prizes will be announced at the opening reception on July 1, 2011. Artists selected for The Big Show will give short informal presentations of their work for The Big Slide Show on July 20 & 21 at 6 PM each night.



Click here to download the press release or entry form.





The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried exhibition. Since the show's conception in 1984, it has become an important venue through which emerging and under-represented Houston area artists gain exposure. The Big Show was formerly the East End Show, sponsored by the East End Progress Association, at Lawndale's original location. In 2010, Lawndale received 976 submissions by 396 artists.  Guest Juror Paul Middendorf, Director of galleryHOMELAND and EAST/WEST Project Berlin selected

114 works by 85 artists for the exhibition.


Each year Lawndale Art Center invites a different guest juror to select the work submitted by artists living within 100 miles of Houston.  Artists are invited to bring up to three works of art, not previously shown in Houston, to Lawndale Art Center where the work is juried on-site for a chance to be included in the show and a shot at one of three cash prizes.  Emerging artists selected for The Big Show have received gallery representation and greater exposure for their work as a result including several artists scheduled for future exhibitions at Lawndale. In the upcoming 2011-2012 season, past Big Show artists Joel Hernandez, Jeff Forster, Jim Nolan and Emily Peacock will be featured in solo and group exhibitions at Lawndale. Kicking off the season 2010 juror Paul Middendorf returns to Lawndale to curate the group exhibition Southern Pacific, featuring artists working in Houston, Marfa and Portland, OR. Buster Graybill, award recipient for the Big Show in 2009, was selected to participate in Artpace San Antonio's International Artist-in-Residence program in 2010. Eileen Maxson, recipient of the Texas Prize in 2005 first exhibited her winning video in the Big Show 2003.  First Prize in the 2003 Big Show went to Robert Pruitt whose work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial in New York City, NY. 




Larissa Harris is a curator at the Queens Museum of Art. Exhibitions at QMA include Red Lines Housing Crisis Learning Center, a project on home finance by artist and urban designer Damon Rich; The Curse of Bigness, which featured major works by Survival Research Laboratories, J. Morgan Puett, and Dexter Sinister, among others; and the first U.S. solo presentation of Korean video and performance artist Sung Hwan Kim. In addition, she is helping plan a new long-term artist residency in Corona, Queens, the largely new-immigrant neighborhood on which the museum borders, with partners at Queens College CUNY. The first long-term resident is Tania Bruguera, invited in partnership with Creative Time. From 2004-2008 she was associate director at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT where she and staff commissioned and produced new work by Michael Smith, Damon Rich/ the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), John Malpede, and Xavier Le Roy; instituted a visiting artist series (Vito Acconci/ Acconci Studio, Miranda July, Judith Barry, Seth Price, Dexter Sinister, and Rachel Harrison, among others); a student residency program; and a residency for Boston-area artists. 
About Lawndale:

Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and  the audience for their art. Lawndale is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by Houston artists.

Lawndale presents exhibitions, lectures and events, and offers an annual residency program to further the creative exchange of ideas among Houston's diverse artistic, cultural and student communities.

Gallery Hours: 
Monday-Friday, 10-5; Saturday, 12-5; Closed Sunday


Viewing Dates: 
Exhibitions open on Friday, July 1, 2011
and will remain on view through Saturday, July 31, 2011.



Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Cavnar Foundation, The Cullen Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., John M. O'Quinn, Cecily Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Jonathan and Barbara Day, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Anita and David Garten, Mary and Roy Cullen, Daniel K. Dubrowski, Felvis/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Samantha Schnee, Continental Airlines, Target, Art Colony Association, other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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