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The Big Show 2013 Call for Entries
Lawndale Art Center

May, 2013

4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858   
Lawndale Art Center Artist Opportunities 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Big Show 2013
Entries and Eligibility
The Big Slide Show
Whole Foods Community Giving Day
Become a Member!  

Lawndale Members receive a discount on The Big Showentry fee and are invited to a special preview of the exhibition!
start as low as $25.

Visit our website to become a member today!

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Lawndale Art Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on individual donations and memberships, along with government and foundation grants to support annual exhibitions and programming.


Celia Butler
Sugar Gazing, 2011
24" x 20"

Angel Oloshove
Dream Mirror, 2012
High fire porcelain stoneware with handcolored mason stained porcelain
4.5" x 3.5"

Lucia Peña
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
72" x 60"
Houston Museum District


July 12 - August 10, 2013
Opening Reception Friday, July 12, 2012, 6:30-8:30 PM
Awards announced at 7 PM 




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.


Entries and Eligibility

  • There is a $30 submission fee for up to 3 entries for all non-Lawndale Art Center members. Members receive $5 off the cost of entry.
  • Works in all media completed during 2011-2013 will be accepted.
  • The exhibition will be juried from actual work.
  • Open to all artists living within 100 miles of Lawndale or in the following counties: Angelina, Austin (county), Brazoria, Brazos, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton.
  • Artists are limited to three (3) entries. All entries must be submited together on the designated drop-off dates.
  • Only original works are eligible. Works publicly exhibited in Houston, created in art classes, or copies of works will be disqualified.
  • Works that are not stable enough to endure the exhibition will be disqualified and are not insurable.
  • Work must fit through the 81" x 59" entrance to the building and be able to be reasonably moved by the artist and volunteers.  
  • Fragile works, such as drawings or photographs, must be framed or securely mounted under glass or Plexiglas.
  • All works must be ready for installation upon submission. Do not submit work which is not ready to handle (i.e. wet paintings or work without hardware).



Drop-off Dates (hand deliver work to Lawndale):
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 11AM - 7PM
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 10AM - 5PM

Only artists who have work accepted for the exhibition will be notified by telephone on Sunday, June 30, 2013 by 6PM.

Pick Up Dates (for work not selected for the exhibition):
July 1 & 2, 2013, 10 AM - 5 PM



Click here to download the entry form! 


Please note, this entry form is formatted to be printed one-sided. Forms will be available on drop-off dates, but artists are encouraged to fill out their paperwork prior to delivering work to Lawndale to expedite the submission process.




Duncan MacKenzie, Artist/Critic/Writer
and Co-Founder of Bad at Sports
Chicago, IL  


Duncan MacKenzie is an Artist, Pundit, Educator and a Founding Member/Producer of Bad at Sports. His works have appeared in galleries all over the world including Canada, Australia, The United States of America, New Zealand, Estonia and England.

Bad at Sports a project he began with Richard Holland in 2005 is one of the USA largest arts resources and continues to grow every week, currently sharing an archive of 350 hours worth of audio documenting the art history of Chicago, New York City and San Francisco, and over 2000 posts by the best art writers in Chicago.

His work has been discussed in Flash Art, Art Forum, the New York Times, Time Out and many other venues. He is the author of over 250 interviews and has worked with such people as Rodney Graham, Kerry James Marshall, Francesco Bonami, Luc Tuymans, James Elkins, Julie Ault, Carol Becker, James Rondeau, Jeff Wall, and Gavin Turk. He currently enjoys a posting as an Assistant Professor in Art + Design at Columbia College Chicago.



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.



Save the Date! 


Whole Foods Community Giving Day  benefiting Lawndale Art Center and The Big Show 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
8 AM - 10 PM
Whole Foods Market Bellaire 

As part of the Whole Foods Community Giving Day Program 5% of net sales all day from 8 AM - 10 PM, at the Bellaire store will benefit Lawndale Art Center and The Big Show. Special activities are being planned throughout the day and evening. 
4004 Bellaire Blvd
Houston  Texas  77025


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 Wortham Foundation, Inc., Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Chinhui Juhn and Edward R Allen III, Bevin and Dan Dubrowksi, Bruce Eames, Anita and David Garten, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Jeryn and Walter Mayer, Paula Murphy, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, Gabriela Trzebinski, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Poggenpohl Design Studio and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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