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Lawndale Art Center Newsletter: The Big Slide Show This Week!
Lawndale Art Center in Houston

August, 2012

The Big Slide Show
The Big Show 2012
CultureMap People's Choice Award
Artist Opportunities
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The Big Slide Show

Wednesday & Thursday, August 1 & 2, 2012
6 PM


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.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012
John Adelman
Henri Gadbois
Tommy Gregory
Tamara D. Kontrimas
Alexander Larsen
Eddie Mendez
Lucia Peña
Kay Sarver
Allison Whitley
Martin Wnuk
Katie Wynne

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Matt Adams
Caleb Churchill
Jessica Crute
Daniela Koontz
Liza Littlefield
Chad Maydwell
Tracey Meyer
Pen Morrison
Donna Perkins
Cary Reeder
Stephanie Toppin

The Big Show 2012 

Exhibition on View through August 11, 2012  



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 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 one of three cash prizes.


The Big Show 2012 award winners selected by guest juror, Marco Antonini, Gallery Director for NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY, were announced at the opening reception on July 13, 2012. $3000 in cash awards were divided evenly among six artists chosen by the juror. Six $500 prizes were awarded to: 

Kassandra Bergman
Celia Butler
Hogan Kimbrell
Alexander Larsen
Angel Oloshove
Lucia Pena


A total of 69 works by 61 artists were selected by juror Marco Antonini, Gallery Director at NURTUREart, for the exhibition from 915 works submitted by 381 artists. Artists selected for the exhibition include:  


Matt AdamsJohn Adelman, Homer Allen, Kassandra Bergman, Ellen Anne Burtner, Celia ButlerPaul CarolaCaleb ChurchillNorberto ClementeJessica Crute, George Elbel, Henri Gadbois, Tony Garbarini, Matthew Glover, Tommy Gregory, Hillaree Hamblin, Bethany Hargrove, Andrea Hellerman, Hogan KimbrellDaniela KoontzTamara D. KontrimasGalina Kurlat, Hayley J. Kyle, Diane La Franca, Alexander LarsenJoan Laughlin, Marios Liolios, Wyatt John Little, Julie Lundgren & Wyatt John Little, Liza Littlefield, Christie MalvinLupe MartinezChad Maydwell, David McClain, Larry McEntire, Eddie Mendez, Tracey Meyer,Pen Morrison, L A Naut, Angel Oloshove, Mari OmoriLucia Peña,Donna E. Perkins, Edward Ramsay-Morin, Tara Rene RatliffCary Reeder, Patrick Renner, John Sapp, Kay Sarver, Caroline Sharpless, Shunshieva, Rosalind Speed, Kamila SzczesnaJ. E. Theriot, Stephanie Toppin, Kimberly Turman, Tanja Vaughn, Allison Whitley, Martin Wnuk,Katie Wynne and Paul S. Zeigler 


Photo by Alexa Hoyer 

Marco Antonini, Gallery Director
Brooklyn, NY


Marco Antonini is Gallery Director at NURTUREart, a Brooklyn based nonprofit organization that provides exhibition opportunities and resources for emerging artists, curators, and public school students. While supervising NURTUREart's exhibitions, special events and publications, Antonini personally curated WE ARE:, an experimental series that showcased week-long projects by invited artists, curators and organizations for the entire Summer 2011. He is currently at work on another special program: ...Is This Free?, an investigation of the history, development and current status of "Free" art; this sprawling group exhibition will include artworks, ephemera and publications dating back to the late sixties, presented side by side with contemporary artworks, many of which commissioned by NURTUREart.

Alongside his work at NURTUREart, Antonini has remained active as an independent curator and writer. His exhibitions have been produced by Japan Society, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), ISE Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation, The Italian Cultural Center in New York, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Centro Cultural de Espana in Guatemala (CCE/G) and FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art. His reviews and interviews have appeared on Cura, ArtPulse, Flash Art, Whitehot Magazine, BMM, Drome, Contemporary, AroundPhotography and NYArts Magazine. His essays have been published on Cura, Occulto, PulseBerlin, Arte&Critica, BMM, as well as on many exhibition catalogs and exhibition-related publications.



People's Choice Award 


Vote from July 13 - August 11 for your favorite artist in the CultureMap People's Choice Award. Use your web-enabled mobile phone to scan the QR code on the label of the piece of art that moves you most and register your vote. The winner will be announced following the close of the exhibition. 




Lawndale thanks the many supporters of The Big Show!



Kathrine G. McGovern


David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation

Ann W. Harithas


Bob & Nora Ackerley
Amegy Bank of Texas
Jereann Chaney 
Dixie Messner Photography
Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan 

Mary L. Morrison


Art Supply
The Crim Law Firm, P.C.
Tom Downing
G gallery
Tim Kollatschny & Stephen Goldberg
Edward Korompai
George Lancaster
Anne & Joe Romano
H. Irving Schweppe, Jr. M.D.

Lillian Warren


Nancy Baird
Romayne & Bill Cox
Volker Eisele
Julie Farr
Frederica & William Fester
Bev & John Frannea
Candice & Nick Goodwin
Rob Greenstein
GG Hsieh & Mark Hausknecht
Richard E. Fluhr & Rudy Hernandez
Anthony D. Kouzounis
Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Betty Maccagnan
Apama Mackey
Don Mafrige, Jr.
Gundi McCandless
Shayna & Marc Melcher 
Ann & Ed Naut
Russ Pitman
Mary & Dempsey Prappas
SBS Manufacturing
Richard Stout
Misty Barnett Trahan & Chris Trahan
Venture Products Company
Clint Willour

Katherine & Mark Yzaguirre

Lester Marks and Dr. Penelope Gonzalez Marks 


Interested in becoming a Big Show Sponsor?

Sponsoring The Big Show provides funding for Lawndale's many free programs and directly supports artists all year. Support also helps to cover Big Show expenses such as the production of the catalog and cash awards for the artists. To find out more about making a donation, please download our Donor Packet, contact us at 713.528.5858 or


Donate now via PayPal!







Artist Opportunities 


Lawndale Art Center Call for Exhibition Proposals

Deadline: September 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 forexhibitions to be scheduled between May and November 2013. Proposals for murals for the north exterior wall for Spring 2013 will also be reviewed for the September 15, 2012 proposal deadline.



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 Cavnar Foundation, The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Anita and David Garten, Bruce Eames, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Jeryn & Walter Mayer, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, Gabriela Trzebinski, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Party With Cris, Poggenpohl Design Studio and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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