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Lawndale Art Center Press Release: The Big Show ParticipatingArtists & Awards Announcement
Lawndale Art Center Houston

July, 2013

Lawndale Art Center
is pleased to announce

The Big Show

The Big Show 2013
  Participating Artists & Award Recipients  

Houston, TX - Lawndale Art Center is pleased to announce The Big Show 2013 juror's award winners. The Big Show 2013 award winners selected by guest juror, Duncan Mackenzie,Artist/Critic/Writer and Co-Founder of Bad at Sports, were announced at the opening reception on July 12, 2013. Three $1,000 awards were given to:


Perry Chandler

Avril Falgout

Bryan Forrester


A total of 922 works by 366 artists were selected for the exhibition from 83 works submitted by 67 artists. Artists selected for the exhibition include:


Hannah Adams, John AdelmanAlonso BedollaKari BreitigamAdrian Landon Brooks,  Chadwick + Spector, Raina Chamberlain, Perry Chandler, Monica Chhay, JooYoung Choi, K.C. Collins, Felipe ContrerasTerry Crump, Andy Dearwater, Alex Larsen and Alexander DiJulio, Jennifer Ellison, Avril Falgout, Bryan Forrester, Kelli Foster, Caitlin Fredette, Luna Gajdos, Daniela Galindo, Bryan Keith Gardner,  Matthew Glover, Nerissa Gomez, David P. Gray, Carrie Green MarkelloCasey Arguelles Gregory, Sarah Hamilton, Jorge Imperio, Jenna Jacobs, Sandra A. Jacobs, Jeremy Keas,  Bradley KerlGalina Kurlat, Marilyn Faulk Lanser,  Melinda LaszczynskiJoan LaughlinEva Martinez, David McClain, Leo Medrano, Susannah Mira,  Kia NeillMari Omori, Bernice Peacock, Eric Pearce, Ellen Phillips, Page PilandJulon PinkstonEduardo Portillo, Cinta Rico, Natalie RodgersDarcy Rosenberger,  Nana Sampong,  Kay Sarver, John Slaby, Rosalind Speed, Earl Staley,  Adair Stephens,Alexine O. StevensSaralene Tapley, Happy Valentine, David H. Waddell, Camille Warmington,Chantal Wnuk, Martin Wnuk and Tera Yoshimura 

All images are courtesy of the artist and Lawndale Art Center. Click on the image below for larger file.Visit our Flickr page for additional images.   


Perry Chandler 

Scene 74 - Fear through the Eyes of Madness, 2013

Acrylic on canvas

36" x 48"



Avril Falgout 

Black Veil Brides, 2013

Paper maché and mixed media

6'3'' x 4'2'' x 8'7''



Bryan Forrester 

Imogene, 2012


24'' x 36''




The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried exhibition. Since the show's conception in 1984, it has become an important venue through which emerging and under-represented Houston area artists gain exposure. The Big Show was formerly the East End Show, sponsored by the East End Progress Association, at Lawndale's original location. In 2012, Lawndale received 915 submissions by 381 artists.  Guest Juror Marco Antonini, Gallery Director at NURTUREart, selected 69 works by 61 artists for the exhibition.


Each year Lawndale Art Center invites a different guest juror to select the 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 $3,000 in cash awards. Emerging artists selected for The Big Show have received gallery representation and greater exposure for their work as a result. In the upcoming 2013-2014 exhibition season, past Big Show artists Cary Reeder and Galina Kurlat will be featured in solo exhibitions at Lawndale. Buster Graybill, award recipient for the Big Show in 2009, was selected to participate in Artpace San Antonio's International Artist-in-Residence program in 2010. Eileen Maxson, recipient of the Texas Prize in 2005 first exhibited her winning video in the Big Show 2003. First Prize in the 2003 Big Show went to Robert Pruitt whose work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. 




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.



About Lawndale:

Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and  the audience for their art. Lawndale is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by Houston artists.

Lawndale presents exhibitions, lectures and events, and offers an annual residency program to further the creative exchange of ideas among Houston's diverse artistic, cultural and student communities.

Gallery Hours: 
Monday-Friday, 10-5; Saturday, 12-5; Closed Sunday


Viewing Dates: 
Exhibitions open on Friday, July 12, 2013
and will remain on view through Saturday, August 10, 2013.

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, 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, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Poggenpohl Design Studio, Saint Cloud and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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