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Lawndale Newsletter: The Big Show Opens
Lawndale Art Center

July, 2011

Lawndale Art Center

4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858


Lawndale Art Center Newsletter
Monday, June 27, 2011
In This Issue
The Big Show Opens Friday!
BIG Thanks to Our Sponsors
CultureMap People's Choice Award
Upcoming Events
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We're tweeting about The Big Show! Follow the conversation with the hashtag 



Check out this treat from Brian Piana on this year's Big Show page!  

Visit the Exhibitions on Flickr!  

Visit our flickr pages for images of current and past exhibitions, including Daniel Anguilu's work in progress on Lawndale's north exterior wall!
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Support Lawndale

Lawndale Art Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on individual donations and memberships, along with government and foundation grants to support annual exhibitions and programming.


The Big Show 

Opening Reception and Awards Announcement 
Friday, July 1, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Awards announced at 7 PM
DJ set by Glasnost 

Food available for purchase from Cut and Fry, Phamily Bites 

and What's Up Cupcake   

Beer provided by Saint Arnold Brewing Company   


2011 Juror

Larissa Harris, Curator  Queens Museum of Art

About The Big Show

The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried

exhibition. It has been an important venue through which emerging 

and under-represented Houston area artists gain exposure since 

the show's conception in 1984. The Big Show was formerly the East End Show, sponsored by the East End Progress Association, at Lawndale's original location.


Each year Lawndale Art Center invites a guest juror to select from 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.

Guest juror Larissa Harris, Curator at The Queens Museum of Art, selected a total of 122 works by 73 artists for the exhibition from 972 works submitted by 404 artists.  Artists selected for the exhibition include:

Sarita Ackerman, Dran Alessi, Fred Allen, Cody Arnall, Heather Bause, Mark Benham, Kassandra Bergman, Bexar, N. Blanca, Brian Campbell, Sondra Chambers, Michelle Chen-Dubose, Kristen Cliburn, Felipe Contreras, Josh Urban Davis, Adrian de la Cerda, Shannon Duckworth, John Earles, Noah Edmundson, Loli Fernandez, Bill Fester, Rodney Flores, Bryan Keith Gardner, GONZO247, David P. Gray, Emily Grenader, Brent Groves, Mitch Samuels "Grystar", Jimmy Houston, Cynthia Hoyt, Clare Hulfish, Sandra A. Jacobs, Jesse A. Kantu, Hogan Kimbrell, Brent Kramlich, Galina Kurlat, Ya La 'Ford, Leslie Magdaleno, Keith McNay, Matt Messinger, Merilee Minshew, Rahul Mitra, Crystal Murley, Amy Newland, Emily Peacock, Page Piland, Silvina Pinal, Julon Pinkston, Britt Ragsdale, Dylan Roberts, Radu Runcanu, Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Charlie Jean Sartwelle, Wade Schmitz, Ruth Shouval, Marjorie Silverstein, Emily Sloan, Belinda Smith, Maria Smits, Susan Spjut, Troy Stanley, Alexine O. Stevens, John Sturtevant, Charles Tatum II, J E Theriot, Sandy Tramel, Patrick Turk, Rubia Van Roodselaar, Tanja Vaughn, Lillian Warren, Catherine Winkler Rayroud, William Witte and Michele A. Zacks

Click here for more information on The Big Show.

BIG Thanks to The Big Show Sponsors! 


Many thanks to The Big Show sponsors for their generosity in funding Lawndale's many free programs. These funds also help to cover Big Show expenses such as the production and printing of the catalog, the juror's honorarium and cash awards for the artists. You all deserve a standing ovation!


United Airlines


Anita & David Garten

Jenny & Mark Johnson

ROLE A|F|M Magazine

Saint Arnold Brewing Company



Amegy Bank of Texas
Joan Hohlt & Roger Wich Foundation
Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan
Scott R. Sparvero

Jereann Chaney
H. Irving Schweppe, Jr. M.D.

Art Suppy
The Crim Law Firm, P.C.
Wayne & Beverley Gilbert
Michael Clark & Sallie Morian
Joe & Anne Romano
Sara Dodd-Spickelmier & Keith D. Spickelmier

Heather & Holger Bause
Molly Bradford
Bill & Romayne Cox
Jan Buchholtz & Jim Davis
Volker Eisele
Rob Greenstein
G.G. Hsieh & Mark Hausknecht
Dallas Hill
Kerry F. Inman
Anthony D. Kouzounis
Victoria & Marshal Lightman
SBS Manufacturing
Jeff Shell / Neal Hamil Agency
Richard Stout
Toby Topek
Christine & Ramon West
Eleanor L. Williams

Lisa Brooks

To find out more about making a donation please download our Donor Packet, contact us at 713.528.5858 or email

CultureMap People's Choice Award     


www.lawndaleartcenter.orgNew this year to The Big Show, vote through July 30 for your favorite artist in the first-ever CultureMap People's Choice Award.  Use your web-enabled mobile phone to scan the QR code on the label of the piece of art that moves you most and register your vote. The winner will be announced the first week of August.



Upcoming Events    


The Big Slide Show
Wednesday, July 20
Thursday, July 21
6 - 8 PM

Please join Lawndale and Houston's talented Big Show artists for short, informal presentations about their work. Presentations start at 6 PM each night at Lawndale Art Center. Come early as seating is limited.




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