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Lawndale Art Center: May 9 - June 14, 2014 Exhibitions
Lawndale Art Center Houston

April, 2014

Exhibitions on view
May 9 - June 14, 2014
at Lawndale Art Center
Opening Reception 
Friday, May 9, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM  

Practice | Shayne Murphy, Jim Nolan and Emily Peacock

Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition

John M. O'Quinn Gallery


Residency Exchange: Lawndale - CentralTrak | 

Spencer Brown-Pearn, Heyd Fontenot, Sally Glass, Jeff Gibbons, Shawn Mayer, Lynne McCabe, Shayne Murphy, Jim Nolan, Emily Peacock, David Politzer and Liz Trosper

Cecily E. Horton Gallery 


Euclid's Line | Michelle Chen Dubose

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery


Fused Dualities | Lauren Salazar

Project Space


Houston, Texas - Lawndale Art Center presents four exhibitions opening May 9, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, with artist talks beginning at 6 PM. In the John M. O'Quinn Gallery residents from the eighth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program, Shayne Murphy, Jim Nolan and Emily Peacock, present work made during their time at Lawndale for the exhibition Practice. In the Cecily E. Horton Gallery,Residency Exchange: Lawndale - CentralTrak features an exchange between artists from the Lawndale Artist Studio Program and CentralTrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artists' Residency.Michelle Chen Dubose's exhibition Euclid's Line includes paintings documenting a conflation of questions with what is seen through the blurry window of a moving vehicle in the Grace R. Cavnar Gallery. In the Project Space, Lauren Salazar's woven installations and sculptures incorporate the dualities of craft and minimal abstraction, domestic and high art, the traditional and the contemporary for the exhibition Fused Dualities. The exhibitions will be on view through June 14, 2014.


Through January 2015, Otabenga Jones & Associates' mural The People's Plate is also on view on Lawndale's north exterior wall.


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John M. O'Quinn Gallery
Shayne Murphy, Jim Nolan and Emily Peacock
Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition

Shayne Murphy

Blight, 2014

Oil and graphite on panel

62" x 48"

The Lawndale Artist Studio Program is part of Lawndale's ongoing commitment to support the creation of contemporary art by Gulf Coast area artists. With an emphasis on emerging practices, the program provides three artists with studio space on the third floor of Lawndale Art Center at 4912 Main Street in the heart of Houston's Museum District. This exhibition features residents for the eighth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program, Jim Nolan, Shayne Murphy and Emily Peacock.


Shayne Murphy presents new work focusing on the creation of invented spaces that combine the real and imagined. The spaces represent a hyper-reality; a place where dreams, memories, and the future converge. By combining different visual languages, he seeks to explore the relationships between abstraction and realism through paintings, drawings, and installation based works. Imagery is often distorted and manipulated taking on a fantastical quality while still maintaining a connection to the physical world. The occupants or figures within these spaces embody different roles including that of transient, protector, destroyer, or at times remain unknown.


Jim Nolan

stall/slightreturn, 2001[destroyed 2008]
Wood, Formica, shirt, tape

74" x 36" x 24"

In an attempt to better understand his own art making process, Jim Nolan will remake and reinterpret three of his older sculptures that were destroyed in moving from the East Coast to Texas.


Through photographs, videos and small installations, Emily Peacockexplores her relationship with her sister through staging gestures and examining elements of the environments, objects and routines associated with shared personal histories. Drawing on her close family relationships, this exhibition of new work plays with modes of portraiture and the various ways we interact with photographs as personal objects.


Born in Houston Texas, Shayne Murphy received his M.F.A. in Drawing/Painting from the University of North Texas in 2013. Combining realism and abstraction, his work focuses on the creation of invented spaces that combine the real and imagined through paintings, drawings, and installation based works. Shayne recently had his first solo show at 500X Gallery in Dallas, TX.


After exhausting the East Coast, living in Richmond, Philadelphia, Boston, Brooklyn and Manhattan, Jim Nolan now lives and works in Houston, TX. 

Emily Peacock

The Distance, 2013

Archival inkjet print

He received a B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a M.F.A. from Massachusetts College of Art. Nolan's work has been included in many group shows, most notably "Studio: Seven 

Months of My Aesthetic Education (Plus Some)", a project by Tony Oursler, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (2005) and "24", Eugene Binder Gallery, Marfa,TX (2003). Solo exhibitions include "Jim Nolan Works", The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN (2002); "APowerful Hankering", ArtMoving, Brooklyn,NY(2005); "Today Is Tomorrow", Art Palace Gallery, Houston, TX(2010) and "Low Impact (Resistance to Flow / ThisIsBobDylanToMe) Subject to Change", a collaborative project with Linda Post, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX (2012). His work is in numerous private collections including The Museum of Fine Art Houston. 


Emily Peacock is an artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. She received her M.F.A. at the University of Houston, with an emphasis in photograph/digital media. Her interests mainly lie in photographing and making short videos of herself and her family. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Vienna, Austria. Her work is also in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


Cecily E. Horton Gallery

Residency Exchange: Lawndale - CentralTrak

Spencer Brown-Pearn, Heyd Fontenot, Sally Glass, Jeff Gibbons, Shawn Mayer, Lynne McCabe, Shayne Murphy, Jim Nolan, Emily Peacock, David Politzer and Liz Trosper


In an attempt to break down barriers and to create an exchange between the artistic communities of Houston and Dallas, this exhibition presents an exchange between current and past residents of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program and CentralTrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artists' Residency. This project creates an opportunity for dialog between a number of artists with relationships to one or both of these non-profit institutions and artist residencies. Select resident-pairs from each program will perform an art/idea exchange, engaging in the "intimate" artistic act of conceptual collaboration, opening up a dialog and creating new artworks which combine their individual art practices.


Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Michelle Chen Dubose  

Michelle Chen Dubose


18" x 24"

Oil on board

Euclid's Line


Michelle Chen Dubose's paintings document a conflation of questions with what is seen through the blurry window of a moving vehicle. Long stretches in a car can be a strange gap in the continuity of everyday life. In this space, we are moving, sitting still and waiting at the same time. Chen Dubose tries to isolate something experiential in this shared movement and pause.


Michelle Chen Dubose received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Houston in 2011. She comes to painting by way of undergraduate studies in music and more recently, drawing, video and sound work. Selected group exhibitions include those at Lawndale Art Center, Art League Houston, Blue Star Lab, Texas State University and Project Row House's 48 Hour Art and Music Festival. A three person show at Box 13 curated by Sarah Schultz running concurrently with the Lawndale exhibition will also include her paintings and sound work along with work by Carrie Schneider and Kate Kendall.


Project Space 
Lauren Salazar

Lauren Salazar

Grid Overflow, 2014

Handwoven cottolin, maple frame, oil paint

72" x 36" x 2"

Fused Dualities


Lauren Salazar merges the dualities of craft and minimal abstraction, domestic and high art, the traditional and the contemporary through woven installations and sculptures. Salazar invites the viewer's associations about weaving with domestic objects, tradition and craft and in her work aims to subvert and expand upon these associations by exploiting and magnifying the formal gridded world within the process. In weaving, Salazar is able to connect and explore within the medium's layered cultural heritage while also indulging in the geometric abstract language that she loves. After her pieces have been woven and are off the loom, the second act occurs. The pieces are aggressively manipulated. Weavings are bound, bolted, and stretched onto and across frames, walls, ceilings, and floors. Process as well as literal and metaphorical tensions are present within the final abstract pieces.    

Lauren Salazar graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010 with a concentration in Painting. In 2013 she earned a Masters in Fine Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Salazar has exhibited her work nationally and has been awarded an Artist in Residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.  Born and raised in North Carolina, Salazar now lives and works in Houston.


Also on view...
through January 2015

North Exterior Wall - 2014 Lawndale Mural Project 
Otabenga Jones & AssociatesThe People's Plate
Through a collaborative art project/public health program, Otabenga Jones & Associates will attempt to mitigate the ongoing health crisis of obesity and its related risks. The Collective will create a public mural at the Lawndale Art Center along with a series of adjacent programs, kicking off a year-long commitment to health education. Programs will include cooking classes, a foraging workshop, an urban gardening workshop, an instructional cooking video and a line of mass produced lunchboxes that will be made available to the public. Inspired by the Black Panther Free Breakfast for School Children Program, which saw the Panthers cooking and serving breakfast to poor inner city children, the Collective aims to provide at-risk community members with a set of tools that will encourage self-sufficiency and empowerment in terms of maintaining their own health through food choices, while building community.


The People's Plate is a project of Creative Capital.

The Lawndale Mural Project is generously sponsored by Kinzelman Art Consulting. 




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


Exhibitions on View:

Exhibitions open on Friday, May 9, 2014     

and will remain on view through Saturday, June 14, 2014.

For additional information, please contact:
Dennis Nance


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 John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Bruce Eames, Anita and David Garten, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, Lia and David Rodi, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, Saint Cloud and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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