THE BIG SHOW 2015
July 10 - August 8, 2015
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 submit up to three works of art, not previously shown in Houston, for a chance to be included in the exhibition and a shot at $3,000 in cash awards.
For this year's exhibition, a total of 76 works by 62 artists were selected by juror George Scheer, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC, for the exhibition from 972 works submitted by 355 artists. Artists selected for the exhibition include:
Fariba Abedin, Shawn Artis, Karen Brasier, Qindeel Butt, Erick Calderon, Lindy Chambers, Peter Chok, Lim Chung, Felipe Contreras, Bryan Cope, Terry Crump, Sonya Cuellar, Heather Den Uijl, Laura Veles Drey, Shannon Duckworth, Adrienne Duncan, Trey Duvall, Sherman Finch, Vincent Fink, Steve Ross Fisher, Mary Forbes, John Forse, Rachel Gardner, J.G. Harkins, Cynical Consumerism: JP Hartman, Michael Horvath, John Hovig, Allyson Huntsman, Ross Irwin, Amir Kasem, Linda Simien Kelly, Mary Carol Kenney, Hogan Kimbrell, Iva Kinnaird, Lauren Lohman, Leslie Magdaleno, Cobra McVey, Kelly Moran, Pen Morrison, Viridiana Navarro, Lee Alice (Hillman) Pablo, Robert Peña Jr., Samantha Persons, Janet Reynolds, Amy Richards, Nataliya Scheib, Wade Schmitz, Herbert Shapiro, Tivakorn Sirinopawongsakorn, Royce Ann Sline, Graciela Socorro, Phaedra Jean Taylor, Eric Thayer, Charles L. Thomas, Brian James Thompson, Jennifer G. Thompson, Jaclyn Touchstone, Sandy Tramel, Elise Weber, Mary Wemple, Justin Zachary and Brandon Zech
George Scheer, Executive Director & Co-Founder
George Scheer is the co-founder and director of Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro. George is an artist, writer and scholar who fosters creative communities at the intersection of aesthetics and social change. George holds an MA in Critical Theory and Visual Culture from Duke University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Political Communications. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication and Performance Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the Cultural Economy of Art and Urban Development.
Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency set within a former thrift store, is working to build a more collaborative culture in Greensboro and around the globe. From 1939 to 1997 former proprietress Sylvia Gray amassed a vast inventory in her downtown Greensboro store. After she passed the store remained, filled to the brink and without plan or purpose. In 2003, Sylvia's grandson and a group of artists moved into the old store, declared, 'nothing for sale' and began inviting artists from across the globe to make new works with and within the living museum. Today, Elsewhere's residency invites 50+ artists a year to create new works and 10,000+ visitors a year explore the museum. CoLab educational programs support creative critical thinking in public schools and creative leadership for LGBTQ identifying youth. Our public works bring an authentic, grassroots sophistication to cultural and economic transformation in Greensboro's downtown, and model practices at the intersection of art and urban growth.
The Big Slide Show
Wednesday & Thursday, July 29 & 30, 2015
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.
Be a Big Show Sponsor
Your generosity provides funding for Lawndale's many free programs and directly supports artists all year. Your financial support also helps to cover Big Show expenses such as the production and printing of the catalogue, the juror's honorarium and cash awards for the artists.
To find out more about making a donation, download our Sponsorship Opportunities Form, contact us at 713.528.5858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Names as of June 19, 2015.
Kathrine McGovern/McGovern Foundation
Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham
Tim Kollatschny & Stephen Goldberg
Mary Morrison/GDF SUEZ Energy North America Inc.
Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan
Jeryn & Walter Mayer
Cali Pettigrew/Art Portfolio, Inc.
Nicole & Joey Romano
H. Irving Schweppe Jr. M.D.
Dr. Penelope & Mr. Lester Marks
H. Russell Pitman
Misty Barnett Trahan & Chris Trahan
Eleanor L. Williams