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The Big Show 2014 Call for Entries
Lawndale Art Center Houston

May, 2014


July 11 - August 9, 2014
Opening Reception Friday, July 11, 2014
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 2012-2014 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, or delivered in a protective carrier.
  • 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):
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 11AM - 7PM
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 10AM - 5PM

Only artists who have work accepted for the exhibition will be notified by telephone on Friday, June 27, 2014 by 6PM.

Pick Up Dates (for work not selected for the exhibition):
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 10AM - 5PM
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10AM - 5PM   


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.




Erin Elder, Visual Arts Director

Santa Fe, NM


Erin Elder is the Visual Art Director of Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. Prior to taking this post in 2012, she worked as an independent curator, writer, and teacher for over twelve years, cultivating interests in experimental collaboration, sense of place, and expanded notions of culture. Her research has focused on counter-cultural education and art practices, with particular interest in those activities happening in the 1960s American Southwest. Her writing has been published by University of Minnesota Press, University of Houston Press, Proximity Magazine, and more. She has produced projects with a variety of institutions including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Creative Time, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, International Symposium on Electronic Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. She is a visiting lecturer at numerous schools and universities and has served as juror or reviewer for many international forums. Since 2009, she has cooperatively run PLAND, an off-the-grid residency program near Tres Piedras, NM. Erin holds dual self-designed BAs from Prescott College, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts. She has been to Houston twice before and was very, very impressed. 

Become a Member!  

Lawndale Members receive a discount on The Big Show entry 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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 Support Lawndale 

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.

2013 Big Show 
Award Winners

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''
Houston Museum District 

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 Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Bruce Eames, Anita and David Garten, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, Saint Cloud and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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