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Artist Opportunities: 2016-2017 Lawndale Artist Studio Program Application
Lawndale Art Center

March, 2016

2016-2017 Lawndale Artist Studio Program
Application Deadline: April 30, 2016 (Midnight - Central Time) 
Established in 2006, the Lawndale Artist Studio Program offers residencies to Texas-based artists who are developing a practice in the visual arts.
The Artist Studio Program offers its residents access to a welcoming and vibrant community of working artists, curators, critics and patrons of contemporary art. The Artist Studio Program supports three artists annually; the residency term is nine months, from September to May. Residents receive a monthly stipend of $500, a materials allowance of $1,500 and 24-hour access to a private studio (approx. 250 square feet).
Each spring, Lawndale mounts an exhibition of Artist Studio Program residents' work produced during the residency term. In addition, each resident produces a minimum of one public program or artist workshop that engages the public with their respective artistic practices.

The term of the Artist Studio Program is nine months beginning September 1, 2016 and ending May 31, 2017. Residents are expected to work a minimum of 20 hours each week in their studios.

Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 18 years or older and not enrolled in any degree program. The residency is open to all artists, with an emphasis on artists from Texas. Lawndale welcomes applications from artists in all stages of their careers. The following individuals are not eligible to apply: Former residents; artists who have an exhibition planned at Lawndale this year; Lawndale staff; Lawndale Programming Committee members who have served in the past year or are currently serving on the committee.

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $25 for current Lawndale members/ $30 for non-members can be paid via the online application at
Not sure if you are a current Lawndale member? Click here to view a list of our current members.

Application Deadline
All application materials are due by April 30, 2016 (Midnight - Central Standard Time). Please note applications will only be accepted online through

Successful applicants will be notified by email by early June 2015. 

Review Process
The three residents will be selected by a three-person panel of arts professionals. The selection will be based on the quality of submitted work samples, statement of intent and references.


Application Instructions
Please visit to create an account. This will allow you to return and monitor the status of your submissions. You only need to do this step the first time you submit.
Each Artist Studio Program application contains the following:
1. One page (maximum 500 words) statement of intent to include:
A. Description of how the residency will benefit you and your work
B. Description of prospective public program or artist workshop
2. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
3. Image List (if applicable) indicating title of work, year completed, medium and dimensions.
4. 10 DIGITAL IMAGES - Image files must be in .JPG format. For video, include a YouTube or Vimeo link to no more than 5 minutes of video.
5. Name and contact information of 2 professional references.
All materials and the application fee ($25 for current Lawndale members/ $30 for non-members) should be submitted via no later than April 30, 2016 (Midnight - Central Standard Time).
We strongly encourage you to apply early. If you are having trouble using the online application system, please do not hesitate to call us at 713-528-5858 during office hours (Monday - Friday, 10AM - 5PM) or email with questions.

2016-2017 Jurors
Natasha Bowdoin
Artist & Lawndale Programming Committee member
Natasha Bowdoin is an artist born and raised in Maine, who now lives and works in Houston, TX. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA and a BA from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA in classics and studio art. She has shown her work extensively nationally and internationally, with recent shows at the SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; the Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX; Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX; Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY; and the CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, Netherlands. She moved to Houston in 2008 to be an artist-in-residence at the Core Program and now teaches drawing and painting at Rice University as an Assistant Professor. 
Evan Garza
Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art
A Houston native, Evan Garza is Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin. At the Blanton, Garza has served as managing curator of Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties (2015), Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, and the forthcoming exhibition Warhol By the Book (2016). Recent curatorial projects include serving as a guest curator for Dirty Looks: On Location, a biennial of queer and experimental film and video interventions in New York City spaces (2015), and recent exhibitions include PAINT THINGS: beyond the stretcher, at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (2013); Something Along Those Lines, a curatorial response to the first Sol LeWitt wall drawing in Boston for The School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA); and william cordova: this one's 4U (pa' nosotros) at Boston Center for the Arts (2012).
In 2011, Garza was the co-founder of Fire Island Artist Residency, a New York 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and the first artist residency in the United States exclusively for LGBTQ artists, where he served as Assistant Director until 2014. He was Exhibitions and Public Programs Coordinator for The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 2011-2014, Editor-at-Large for New American Paintings from 2009-2012, and was Arts Columnist for The Boston Phoenix from 2008-2010. Garza has been a guest speaker on modern and contemporary art at Harvard University, MIT, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Matadero Madrid, Cornell University, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the LBJ Presidential Library, among other institutions, and his writings have been published in several books, museum catalogues, and by
Lynne McCabe
Artist & former Artist Studio Program participant
Lynne McCabe is a long-time participant in the critical arts landscape of Houston. She is the founder and director of She Works Flexible, a site for discourse and poetic exchange dedicated to showing work from artists based in or connected to Texas and the Gulf Coast, in dialogue with national and international artists, writers and filmmakers. McCabe also served on the Diverseworks artist board from 2012 to 2014. She was an artist in residence at Blaffer Art Museum where she organized the social sculpture workshop and exhibition Room to be (Ms)Understood in 2012 and taught in the University of Houston's Interdisciplinary Art program through the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. McCabe served as Vice Chair of the Programming Committee at Lawndale Art Center from 2003 to 2006 where she curated a statewide survey of photography, video and performance, Impossible Exchange:New Lens-Based Work from Texas.
She received her BA with honors from The Glasgow School of Art in 1999 and received her MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts in 2010 and has exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably as part of the 53rd Venice Biennale. McCabe was also a recipient of a 2008 Artadia Award. Her writings have been included in several books published by Practice and Practice Press, 2009-2010, online at SFMOMA, 2010 and Becoming Love, More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s - Catalogue published by the Ackland Art Museum, North Carolina.

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Programs at Lawndale Art Center are supported in part by National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, John P. McGovern Foundation, Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Mid-America Arts Alliance, John M. O'Quinn, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Paula Murphy, Nicole and Joey Romano, Don Sanders and Laura Moore, Scott R. Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, Nancy and Sidney Williams, Nina and Michael Zilkha, Abel Design Group, Architectural Floors, Sterling McCall Lexus, TeleFlex, United Airlines and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.
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