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Harvey Recovery Assistance + Exhibition Openings: September 22 +October 6, 2017
Lawndale Art Center

September, 2017

The Board and staff at Lawndale Art Center have been amazed by the acts of heroism, selflessness, philanthropy and pure grit that has held Houston together during this very dark hour. We hold close to our hearts those who have been impacted by this disaster, and we feel immense pride at the way Houstonians have responded.
Lawndale was very fortunate not to have been damaged during the hurricane, and our staff and their families survived without harm as well. Alongside the Board, we are considering the ways that Lawndale can most effectively engage with the community in the wider relief effort and to provide assistance not only to Houston artists but also to the artists and artist-centered organizations along our Gulf Coastregion.

As an initial step, we have invited artists and artist-centered organizations affected by Harvey to bring their artworks to Lawndale for temporary storage. We hope you will help us spread word of this effort. Our staff and volunteers are prepared to receive work Monday- Friday from 10 AM-5 PM and Saturday-Sunday from 1-4 PM. If you require special assistance, would like to make an appointment time to drop off your work or have any questions whatsoever, please email

As we settle into this effort, we have made the decision to postponethe opening celebration for our exhibitions by Sterling Allen and Katherine Trimble, originally scheduled for September 8th. These two exhibitions will open on Friday, September 22nd from 6-9 PM with Artist Talks at 6 PM. The revised press release is below.
We hope that Lawndale will serve as a gathering place for our community in the coming weeks and months as the extent of the damage to our city and region becomes evermore apparent. As part of our upcoming round of shows opening Friday, September 22 through Sunday, October 22our staff and volunteers will be on hand to intake works for temporary storage and to share information about the resources available to our community in the wake of this great storm.
We look forward to seeing all of you soon.
With love,
Lawndale Art Center
Exhibitions on View: September 22 - October 22, 2017
Opening Reception
Friday, September 22, 2017
6-9 PM
Artist Talks at 6 PM
Sterling Allen
Backdrop & Blocker
O'Quinn Gallery
Essay by Betsy Huete 
Untitled, 2017

In this solo presentation by Sterling Allen, the Austin-based artist creates a site-specific sculpture-based installation that activates sight lines, architectural relationships, hanging conventions, and spatial connections, all while celebrating pop, the handmade, function, failure and the cheap illusion. 
Sterling Allen holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas in Austin. He is a co-founder and co-director of Okay Mountain, an artist collective and former gallery based in Austin, Texas. As a solo artist and in collaboration with the group, he has exhibited, organized, and completed projects at venues throughout the United States and received several residencies including the Artpace International Artist-In-Residence Program in San Antonio, Texas and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Studio Art at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.
Katherine Trimble
Touch Box
Project Space
Essay by Melissa Warak, Ph.D. 
Touch Box, 2017

When does a sound become music? When does language break down into sound? What happens to live music if you can't see the performer? Artist and musician, Katherine Trimble asks her audience to contemplate the breakdown of sounds in an immersive site-specific installation.  
Katherine Trimble is a Houston-based musician and visual artist. She makes audiovisual installations and performances that explore how our senses influence, contradict, and depend on each other to create our own individual versions of the world. Originally from Rochester, NY, she earned a BFA in Animation from the Rhode Island School of Design (2006) and an MFA in Art & Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012), and has performed and exhibited her work internationally in a wide range of art spaces, film festivals, music venues and public spaces. She currently teaches at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) and Houston Community College.
Exhibition on View: October 6, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Lynn Randolph: Between Worlds
Curated by Susie Kalil
October 6, 2017- January 21, 2018
Opening Reception: October 6, 2017, 6 PM
A Beloved's Touch, 2015
Between Worlds responds to Randolph's ongoing work with palliative care patients at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Comprised of approximately twenty drawings, these painstakingly rendered works deftly combine elements of the weird and scientific with acute psychological and metaphoric realism and builds bridges to the spiritual. In the words of curator Susie Kalil: "Lynn Randolph's drawings come to grips with the realities of who we are, a spiritual tenor both dire and redeeming. Her works have soul as well as nerve- a sustained shriek about power and morality in a new global era. The silent fear of dying informs Randolph's drawings, which ambush us with relentless personal conviction and spellbinding strangeness. Caught up in the medical paradigm of cure, we assent to heroic measures that may deprive us of final dignity. What is death and what does loss mean? What has happened to death as a community event and mourning as a communal practice? Randolph's drawings remind us that we are embodied beings yearning for communion with one another, that we suffer pain and loss; that we struggle to transcend our bodies and our anguish by connecting with outer worlds and inner realms."
Artist Bio:
Lynn Randolph grew up in Port Arthur, Texas. She earned her BFA from the University of Texas in Austin. Her paintings have appeared in many texts as they inform topics such as feminism, religion, cultural studies, and contemporary art. Randolph's paintings have been exhibited and collected in permanent museum collections and other public and private institutions including: Bunting Institute at Radcliffe/Harvard; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Arizona State University Art Museum; San Antonio Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and The Menil Collection. In 2008,Randolph became an artist in residence at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Here she considers herself a translator helping patients realize their memories, dreams and reflections on their lives through art.

Curator Bio:
Susie Kalil is a former Core Fellow in Critical Studies at the Glassell School of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  A frequent contributor to publications including ArtNews, Art in America, Artforum, Sculpture and Cite, she also previously served as managing editor of the Texas art journal Artlies, as well as Spot magazine, Houston Center for Photography.  For the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, she co-curated (with Barbara Rose) the landmark exhibition Fresh Paint: The Houston School  and The Texas Landscape: 1900-1986. She previously served as Visual Arts Director, DiverseWorks, Houston.

Kalil is the author of the award-winning book Alexandre Hogue: An American Visionary (Texas A&M University Press) and curator of the Hogue retrospective, which traveled to the Art Museum of South Texas, the Grace Museum and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. She also co-curated the Hogue exhibition, which traveled to the Rockwell Museum (Corning, New York), the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa, Oklahoma). Kalil is the author of Dorothy Hood: The Color of Being/El Color del Ser (Texas A&M University Press) and curator of the Hood retrospective for the Art Museum of South Texas. She is currently at work on the monograph Roger Winter: Fire and Ice.
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