| |FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELawndale Art Center
THE BIG SHOW 2012
Exhibition on view
July 13- August 11, 2012
Artist, Member, Press and Sponsor PreviewThursday, July 12, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Opening Reception & Awards Announcement
Friday, July 13, 2012
6:30-8:30 PM, Awards announced at 7 PM
The Big Slide Show
Wednesday & Thursday, August 1 & 2, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 PM
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, Marco Antonini, Gallery Director atNURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY , 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 27 and 28. 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 July 2 and 3. More information about The Big Show and artist entry forms can be found on our website,www.lawndaleartcenter.org. Cash prizes will be announced at the opening reception on July 13, 2012. Artists selected for The Big Show will give short informal presentations of their work for The Big Slide Show on August 1 & 2 at 6 PM each night.
ABOUT THE BIG SHOW
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 2011, Lawndale received 972 submissions by 404 artists. Guest Juror Larissa Harris, Curator at Queens Museum of Art, 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 2012-2013 season, past Big Show artists Lillian Warren, James Ciosek and Jane Eifler will be featured in exhibitions at Lawndale. 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.
ABOUT THE GUEST JUROR
Marco Antonini is Gallery Director at NURTUREart, a Brooklyn based nonprofit organization that provides exhibition opportunities and resources for emerging artists, curators, and public school students. While supervising NURTUREart's exhibitions, special events and publications, Antonini personally curated WE ARE:, an experimental series that showcased week-long projects by invited artists, curators and organizations for the entire Summer 2011. He is currently at work on another special program: ...Is This Free?, an investigation of the history, development and current status of "Free" art; this sprawling group exhibition will include artworks, ephemera and publications dating back to the late sixties, presented side by side with contemporary artworks, many of which commissioned by NURTUREart.
Photo by Alexa Hoyer
Alongside his work at NURTUREart, Antonini has remained active as an independent curator and writer. His exhibitions have been produced by Japan Society, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), ISE Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation, The Italian Cultural Center in New York, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Centro Cultural de Espana in Guatemala (CCE/G) and FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art. His reviews and interviews have appeared on Cura, ArtPulse, Flash Art, Whitehot Magazine, BMM, Drome, Contemporary, AroundPhotography and NYArts Magazine. His essays have been published on Cura, Occulto, PulseBerlin, Arte&Critica, BMM, as well as on many exhibition catalogs and exhibition-related publications.
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 13, 2012
and will remain on view through Saturday, August 11, 2012.
Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cavnar Foundation, The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Anita and David Garten, Bruce Eames, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Jeryn & Walter Mayer, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, Gabriela Trzebinski, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Party With Cris, Poggenpohl Design Studio and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.
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