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THE BIG SHOW 2012
Exhibition on View
July 13 - August 11, 2012
Opening Reception Friday, July 13, 2012, 6:30-8:30 PM
Awards announced at 7 PM
Submission dates (work must be delivered to Lawndale):
Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 12-8 PM
Thursday, June 28, 2012 10 AM - 5PM
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.
Entries and Eligibility
Click here to download the Entry Form!
- There is a $30 submission fee for all non-Lawndale Art Center members. Members receive $5 off the cost of entry.
- Works in all media completed during 2010-2012 will be accepted.
- The exhibition will be juried from actual work.
- Open to all artists living within 100 miles of Lawndale or in the following counties: Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton.
- Artists are limited to three (3) entries.
- Only original works are eligible; works publicly exhibited in Houston, created in art classes, or copies of works will be disqualified.
- Works that are not stable enough to endure the exhibition will be disqualified and are not insurable.
- Fragile works, such as drawings or photographs, must be framed or securely mounted under glass or Plexiglas.
- All works must be ready for installation upon submission; do not submit work which is not ready to handle (i.e. wet paintings or work without hardware).
Submission dates (work must be delivered to Lawndale):
June 27, 2012, 12-8 PM & June 28, 2012 10 AM - 5PM
Pick up dates (for work not selected for the exhibition):
July 2 & 3, 2012, 10 AM - 5 PM
Download the entry form!
Photo by Alexa Hoyer
Marco Antonini, Gallery Director
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.
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 thanks the many supporters of The Big Show!
Kathrine G. McGovern
David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation
Ann W. Harithas
Bob & Nora Ackerley
Amegy Bank of Texas
Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan
Mary L. Morrison
H. Irving Schweppe, Jr. M.D.
Romayne & Bill Cox
William & Frederica Fester
Bev & John Frannea
Candice & Nick Goodwin
GG Hsieh & Mark Hausknecht
Richard E. Fluhr & Rudy Hernandez
Anthony D. Kouzounis
Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Anthony Mafrige, Jr.
Shayna & Marc Melcher
Ann & Ed NautRuss Pitman
Dempsey & Mary Prappas
Misty Barnett Trahan & Chris Trahan
Katherine & Mark Yzaguirre
Lester and Dr. Penelope Gonzalez Marks
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Interested in becoming a Big Show Sponsor?
Sponsoring The Big Show provides funding for Lawndale's many free programs and directly supports artists all year. Support also helps to cover Big Show expenses such as the production of the catalog and cash awards for the artists. To find out more about making a donation, please download our Donor Packet, contact us at 713.528.5858 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Big Slide Show
Wednesday & Thursday, August 1 & 2, 2012
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.
Volunteer with Lawndale during The Big Show! We are in need of volunteers during Intake, Pickup and during our Opening Reception - especially this Thursday, June 28th from 2:30 - 5PM, and Tuesday, July 3rd from 10AM - 5PM. You may still volunteer even if you plan to submit work. Check out the opportunities to help and sign up through our online form!