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Lawndale Art Center: THE BIG SHOW 2014
Lawndale Art Center Houston

June, 2014

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 chance at $3,000 in cash awards. This year's Guest Juror, Erin Elder, Visual Arts Director, Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, NM, will select the show and 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 23 and 24. 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 30 and July 1. More information about The Big Show and artist entry forms can be found on our website,www.lawndaleartcenter.org. The exhibition will open on Friday, July 11, 2014, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, and awards will be announced at 7PM, along with a A Fistful of Soul DJs and complimentary beverages provided by Deep Eddy Vodka and Saint Arnold Brewing CompanyMoon RoosterYeti Sunshine and Ladybird Food Truck will also be onsite. Artists selected for The Big Show will give short informal presentations of their work during The Big Slide Show on July 30 & 31 at 6 PM each night.

 

Click here to download the press release and entry form.



 
 
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 2013, Lawndale received 922 submissions by 366 artists. Guest Juror, Duncan Mackenzie, Artist/Critic/Writer and Co-Founder of Bad at Sports, selected 83 works by 67 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 $3,000 in cash awards. Emerging artists selected for The Big Show have received gallery representation and greater exposure for their work as a result. 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.  

 

 

ABOUT THE GUEST JUROR

 

Erin Elder is the Visual Art Director of Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. Prior to taking this post in 2012, she worked as an independent curator, writer, and teacher for over twelve years, cultivating interests in experimental collaboration, sense of place, and expanded notions of culture. Her research has focused on counter-cultural education and art practices, with particular interest in those activities happening in the 1960s American Southwest. Her writing has been published by University of Minnesota Press, University of Houston Press, Proximity Magazine, and more. She has produced projects with a variety of institutions including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Creative Time, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, International Symposium on Electronic Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. She is a visiting lecturer at numerous schools and universities and has served as juror or reviewer for many international forums. Since 2009, she has cooperatively run PLAND, an off-the-grid residency program near Tres Piedras, NM. Erin holds dual self-designed BAs from Prescott College, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts. She has been to Houston twice before and was very, very impressed. 

 


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

Admission: 
Free

Viewing Dates: 
Exhibitions open on Friday, July 11, 2014
and will remain on view through Saturday, August 9, 2014.


 

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, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, John M. O'Quinn, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Bruce Eames, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Lia and David Rodi, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott R. Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Number 4 High Performance Hair Care, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.



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