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Lawndale Newsletter: Exhibitions Opening Friday!
Lawndale Art Center

March, 2012

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Lawndale Art Center Newsletter
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
In This Issue
Exhibitions Opening Friday
Upcoming Events
Volunteer Opportunities
Artist Opportunities
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Houston Museum District

Exhibitions Opening this Friday!    

On View March 9 - April 14, 2012

Participating in the FotoFest 2012 Biennial


Opening Reception Friday, March 9, 2012 
6:30 - 8:30 PM, artist talks at 6 PM

Performance at 7 PM   




Opening night performance featuring: Daniel Adame, Shanon Adams, Tina Shariffskul and Prudence Sun


The Photographic Mirror | Curated by Curated by Chuy Benitez
Work by Ben Aqua, Shelley Calton, Alejandro Cartagena, Brittney Connelly, Morgan Ford, Michael Gault, Alex Goss, Joel Hernandez, Allyson Klutenkamper, Qian Ma, Will Michels, Candace Moore, Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Kristy Peet, Chisum Pierce, Tala Vahabzadeh


You, Me & Diane | Emily Peacock


Scroll | Randall McCabe

Jim Nolan & Linda Post 

John M. O'Quinn Gallery

Opening night performance featuring: Daniel Adame, Shanon Adams, Tina Shariffskul and Prudence Sun


Intrigued by the potential found in the everyday and the unspectacular, Post and Nolan collaborate on a site-specific installation that looks toward the Lawndale Art Center itself for inspiration. Activities that relate to the everyday operations of the art space form a framework for choreographed scenarios and objects in this collaborative time-based installation.

Time and space for art: with an emphasis on studio activity rather than product, the post-minimalist work of the 70's is an art historical touchstone for both artists. Post-minimalism's focus on action and the vernacular is echoed in their ongoing practice. Parallels may be drawn between the present moment and that of the economic downturn of the 1970's. Just as then, it is a good time for art.

In the media installations of Linda Post, a choreography of the everyday emerges as simple actions are performed and systematized. Jim Nolan's off-hand and irreverent work combines the aesthetics of working class labor and underground music culture with the language of Minimalism. This project is their first major collaboration.


Artist's Websites:  

Jim Nolan   

Linda Post 


The Photographic Mirror | Curated by Chuy Benitez

Work by Ben Aqua, Shelley Calton, Alejandro Cartagena, Brittney Connelly, Morgan Ford, Michael Gault, Alex Goss, Joel Hernandez, Allyson Klutenkamper, Qian Ma, Will Michels, Candace Moore,  Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Kristy Peet, Chisum Pierce, Tala Vahabzadeh 
Cecily E. Horton Gallery


Artists often utilize self-portraiture to experiment with fresh ideas and new techniques, and to explore personal inner narratives through visual symbolism.  All of the artists in the exhibition chose to create new work for this show or are presenting new excerpts from bodies of work they are currently producing. The group exhibition highlights 16 emerging artists from Colorado, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Texas and Mexico. With The Photographic Mirror, artist Chuy Benitez curates a sampling of 21st century photographic self-portraiture.   


You, Me & Diane | Emily Peacock

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery


You, Me & Diane is a series of photographs by Emily Peacock based on work from the seminal book Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph. Peacock has "recreated" Arbus' influential images using herself and her own family as the subject matter. Like Arbus, Peacock is attracted to strangeness, and the poignancy of our shared human condition. But, whereas Arbus sought out the strange in many different scenarios, Peacock always creates her photographs from within the familiar, people and places she knows intimately. Most importantly, You, Me & Diane embodies Peacock's innate sense of humor as she takes on the absurd task of recreating an already remarkable image.


Scroll | Randall McCabe

Project Space


Randall McCabe's drawing stems from series of repetitive mark making exercises using as his source a recurring paradigm found among the drawings of small children. He began by filling up sheets of paper, but not long into the process conceived of a long single sheet of paper, without end, on which he would continue the repetition and, over time, have a record of whatever changes might occur. In 2005, McCabe built two spools and began what has, for over six years, been a chronicle and notebook of those first drawings and of his own thoughts since. Measuring over 100' long, the work is one continuous image, rather than a sequence of separate and discrete drawings, made using a nib pen and India ink. This scroll was conceived as an ongoing study and is, still, a work in progress. It is shown now, publicly, for the first time and in its current state. The imagery has changed over the years but has remained, as best as McCabe has been able to manage, a single drawing. 

Upcoming Events     


Screening by Lawndale Artist Studio Program Resident David Politzer: 

Digital Pariah - a Video Portrait of Terrance Cummings

March 22, 2012


Digital Pariah is a feature-length documentary by 2011-2012 Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant David Politzer about Terrance Cummings, a 34 year-old African American man living with Asperger's Syndrome. Terrance is unemployed and stuck in Youngstown, OH during an economic recession. The video follows him as he (occasionally) looks for work, but mostly plays video games and muses about his life. 




Bayou City Art Festival
March 23 - 25, 2012
10AM - 6PM daily

at Memorial Park
As a Non-Profit Partner of the Art Colony Association, Lawndale Art Center hosts a booth in the Creative Zone of the Bayou City Art Festival. Lawndale Art Center's booth offers a fun and easy art activity for children visiting the festival.



ESIGN FAIR 2012     

April 25-29, 2012    



Design Fair 2012 features vintage modern objects of the 20th century as well examples of cutting-edge contemporary design. A wide selection of carefully curated items will be available for purchase as part of the Design Fair, including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion. Visitors to the Fair will be able to meet the designers and exhibitors for an up-close and personal look at the pace-setting designs of today and the mid-20th century.


The Texas Co-Op, a special section of the Fair, features individual Texas-based designers. 2012 Curator, Garrett Hunter invited individual designers to offer specific products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent innovations in industrial and object design today.


Curator: Garrett Hunter


Free Lecture

Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 PM

Evan Lobel- Important Design from the 70's and 80's 

Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 


Sponsored by Poggenpohl Design Studio. Presented in partnership with The Design Council at The MFAH.


Preview Party & Sale

Friday, April 27, 6 PM-9 PM 

Co-Chairs: Courtnay and Mark Elias, George Lancaster, and Michael Landrum


Pre-purchase regularly priced tickets via PayPal:



Fair Days

Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29

10 AM-5 PM   

$5 Admission 


Click here for more details on Design Fair 2012.

Interested in supporting Lawndale and Design Fair 2012?
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Volunteer Opportunities

Spend the weekend in the park with Lawndale during Bayou City Art Festival, Memorial Park, March 23 - 25, 2012. 
Proceeds from the Festival benefit non-profit partners like Lawndale Art Center! In exchange, we present an educational art activity in the Creative Zone, and help staff the Festival with fabulous volunteers like you.

Email for more information.
Artist Opportunities

Lawndale Art Center Call for Exhibition Proposals
Deadline: March 15, 2012

Lawndale Art Center accepts proposals from artists and curators throughout the year to be reviewed twice annually by Lawndale's Programming Committee. Lawndale is currently seeking proposals for exhibitions to be scheduled between November 2012 through May 2013.



Houston Arts Alliance - Alliance Gallery Call for Proposals 

Deadline: March 19, 2012

The Alliance Gallery is seeking proposals for exhibitions to take place from  2012 - 2013 that uniquely showcase Houston's identity. Preference will be given to artists who address themes that form and inform Houston's culture including technology, science, community, energy, culture and design innovation. Individual artists are accepted but group shows and collaborations are encouraged.

Click here for full details



Empty Bowls Houston: Call for Bowls


The Empty Bowls Steering Committee invites artists to donate handmade bowls for Empty Bowls Houston 2012, which will be held Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Proceeds from the sale of donated bowls benefit The Houston Food Bank. Bowls may be dropped off beginning the first week of May at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street (Tuesday through Sunday), or the Ceramic Store, 1002 W. 11th Street (Monday through Saturday). For complete details, please visit or click here to see the call for bowls. 


Additionally, the committee is seeking proposals from local artists to create "Presentation Bowls," which will be presented to major sponsors of this year's event. Each selected artist will receive a commission of $100, with the option to donate all or a portion to Empty Bowls Houston. Please contact Andy Bally ( or Thomas Perry ( with questions and to receive a prospectus.

Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Cavnar Foundation, The Cullen Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Jonathan and Barbara Day, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Anita and David Garten, Mary and Roy Cullen, Bruce Eames, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, Continental Airlines, Art Colony Association, Party With Cris, other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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