Lawndale Art Center offers artists opportunities throughout the year through exhibitions, the Lawndale Artist Studio Program and annual events. Sign up for our email newsletter to find out about these opportunities as they are announced.
Proposals are accepted throughout the year and reviewed by Lawndale's Programming Committee in consideration for an exhibition at Lawndale. For complete details on proposal guidelines, submission formats and deadline information please visit the proposals page.
Lawndale Artist Studio Program
The Lawndale Artist Studio Program is part of Lawndale’s ongoing commitment to support the creation of contemporary art by Gulf Coast area artists. Three artists are provided with non-residential studio space for nine months (September - May) on the third floor of Lawndale, along with a monthly stipend, materials grant and access to visiting artists and curators. An exhibition of works completed during the residency takes place at Lawndale each spring.
Applications for the Lawndale Studio Program are made available in late March each year, with the submission deadline in mid to late May. For complete information on the Lawndale Artist Studio Program and information on current and past studio artists, please visit the studio program page.
The Big Show
The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried exhibition. 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. Submission dates for The Big Show takes place over two days in mid to late June each year. Please visit The Big Show page for additional information.
Día de los Muertos
For over twenty years Lawndale has presented an annual open call, non-juried exhibition that celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos in a contemporary context. In 1988, Lawndale Art Center
presented its first annual Día de los Muertos exhibition of retablos: small art works inspired by the
traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. It is now one of Lawndale's most
popular programs that reaches out to communities across the region. Lawndale invites artists and
the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8" x 10" pieces of sheet metal.
These retablos are then sold at the gala to benefit both Lawndale and the artists. Retablos tins are
distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so join our email newsletter list to be sure to find
out when they are available. Please visit the Día de los Muertos page for