2011-2012 Exhibition Season

August 2011

On View August 12 – September 24, 2011

Opening Reception
Friday, August 12, 2011
6:30–8:30 PM
Artist Talks at 6 PM

• Curated by Paul Middendorf

The Power of Negative Feedback • Jeremy DePrez & Francis Giampietro

Mexicanos • Joel Hernandez

A Time to Celebrate • Mark Ponder

Detritus • Jeff Forster

Famous Monsters •Daniel Anguilu

Point A to Point B
August 27, 2011
Panel Discussion 12-2PM
Talk from 12-1PM

Join Paul Middendorf as he moderates a panel discussion on the importing and exporting of artists and concepts. Panelists include, Dean Daderko (Curator, CAMH), Alison De Lima Greene (Curator of Contemporary Art and Special Projects, MFAH), Joseph Havel (Director, The Glassell School of Art), Kerry Inman (Inman Gallery) and Toby Kamps (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Menil Collection)

September 2011

2011-2012 Lawndale Artist Studio Program Participant Slide Talk
Thursday, September 1, 2011

2011-2012 Lawndale Artist Studio Program participants, Seth Mittag, David Politzer and Anne J. Regan, give an informal presentation of their work and plans for their residency at Lawndale.

Britt Ragsdale Screen Test
Saturday, September 10, 2011

Lawndale Art Center invites you to participate in a video project by Britt Ragsdale, recent CultureMap People’s Choice Award Winner for the 2011 Big Show. The video, Shoot, consists of a group of screen tests that never go beyond the audition. Everyone is encouraged to participate. There are no age restrictions or dress requirements. For the screen test, participants are asked to stand in front of a stationary video camera and pretend to be shot by a gun. Ragsdale is interested in individual responses; your performance can be as funny or as serious as you like, lethal or not. This video is a continuation of Ragsdale’s ManyMini residency recently hosted by Skydive Art Space. It will take place in Room 317 at Lawndale Art Center on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 1 PM to 4PM.

Museum District Day
Saturday, September 17, 2011
10AM - 5PM

Get ready to enjoy a free day in the Houston Museum District on Saturday, September 17 from 10AM to PM. Board a free shuttle bus at any of the 17 participating museums and spend the day exploring favorite museums and discovering new destinations. Participating museums will waive their general admission fee to offer the community the valuable opportunity to enjoy the District's diverse displays of art, science, nature and history. The 15th annual Museum District Day will feature fascinating exhibitions, hands-on activities, demonstrations and performances throughout the entire day.

Museum District Day 2011 at Lawndale Art Center
11AM - 4PM

During this year’s Museum District Day, Lawndale invites visitors to create snow globe souvenirs inspired by the exhibitions, enjoy complimentary ice-cold lemonade and decorate our back patio with sidewalk chalk. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to cool off by taking a look at our current round of exhibitions. Please join Lawndale, and our fellow Houston Museum District neighbors in this free and exciting annual event!

October 2011

Bayou City Art Festival Downtown
October 8 & 9, 2011
Saturday 10AM – 8PM
Sunday 10AM – 6PM

As a Non-Profit Partner of the Art Colony Association, Lawndale Art Center hosts a booth in the Creative Zone of the Bayou city Art Festival.  Lawndale Art Center’s booth offers a fun and easy art activity for children visiting the festival.

October 17 – November 5, 2011
John M. O’Quinn Gallery, Grace R. Cavnar Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery

Lawndale Art Center’s 24th Annual
Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos

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November 2011

On View November 18 - January 7, 2012

Opening Reception
Friday, November 18, 2011
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Artist talks at 6 PM

from the tipi project • Christie Blizard

timesteps • Debra Barrera & Norberto Gomez, Jr.

This is for You • Darcy Rosenberger

Ballast/Break • Alexis Granwell & Carrie Scanga

Office Light • Curt Gambetta

December 2011

Concert: Stuart Hinds
Thursday, December 1, 2011

In recent years, overtone singing has become more widely known and appreciated. Overtone singing can be heard in pop music, movie soundtracks, and even prime time television commercials. This rise in popularity is largely due to successful tours and recordings by musicians representing the two major styles: Tibetan Buddhist chant and Tuvan/Mongolian throat singing. In the West, an increasing number of musicians are employing the techniques in their work. All these styles have in common an essentially drone-based musical texture with an unchanging fundamental pitch and a melody of overtones.

Stuart Hinds is unique among overtone singers for the level of technical mastery and fluency he has achieved. Hinds takes overtone singing to a new expressive level. In a quantum leap beyond traditional drone-based singing, Hinds is able to vocally produce two distinct musical lines at the same time. His original compositions stretch the boundaries of overtone singing into a completely new genre of music that can embrace any musical style. Hinds work reflects his classical training, with influences from many musical cultures a unique style that appeals to a broad range of listeners.


the GENDER book Project's Bookstorming Edition
Thursday, December 8, 2011
6-8 PM

Lawndale Art Center hosts the GENDER book Project’s Bookstorming Edition, a community editing party from 6-8PM on December 8, 2011. This event aims to celebrate the GENDER book as a fun, colorful, community-based resource that illustrates the beautiful diversity of gender. Come meet creators Boston Davis Bostian, Jay Mays, and Robin Mack and interact with their page illustrations with current content thus far, text-less layouts for a community editing process. ADD to the content of the GENDER book! The creators will also post the “Gender Identity Board Game!” along with a video documenting the GENDER book’s process of “How Illustration Works” by resident artist Mel Reiff Hill. “Our hope,” the creators state, “is to change the face of gender education in a way that is approachable, easy to understand, and even beautiful.”

For more information on the GENDER book, please visit: thegenderbook.com

The GENDER book is made possible via grants from The Idea Fund and by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

January 2012

On View January 20 – February 25, 2012

Opening Reception
Friday, January 20, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 PM, artist talks at 6 PM

CONTACT • Jade Walker

This Weird Place • Curated by Sebastian Forray
Work by Lane Hagood, Alika Herreshoff, Cody Ledvina, Lee Piechocki, Anthony Record & Eric Shaw Cecily E. Horton Gallery

Breaking Ground • TJ Hunt

Unfadeable So Please Don't Try To Fade Me • Carlos Rosales-Silva

Speakeasy at CAMH
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose

Join us for drinks and lively, informal discussion at this new monthly gathering at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston! Each month's Speakeasy will be hosted by different guest "provocateurs" from the Houston arts community. These guests choose a theme relating to contemporary art and/or culture, and select an assortment of discussion "springboards" (writings, images, videos, music, etc.) which will be posted online in advance for your perusal beforehand. Admission is free, beverages are provided, and all opinions are welcome. Downstairs at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - 5216 Montrose Blvd. The first Speakeasy is coming up on Wednesday, January 18 (6:30-8pm), and is hosted by Lawndale Art Center. They've selected the theme, WORST CASE SCENARIO, and their related discussion springboards are posted here: http://camhspeakeasy.tumblr.com/

Museum Educators Open House
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Lawndale Art Center will operate a booth hosted by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for Houston area educators. Area museums will provide free information and presentations for educators about their activities, events, group visits and other educational programs. Participating educators are eligible for 3 hours of professional development credit.

For more information or to register, please visit www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org

February 2012

Lawndale Love Connection Mixer
Thursday, February 9, 2012

Celebrate love connections made at Lawndale or spark a new flame at the Lawndale Love Connection Mixer. Try your luck at winning something sweet in the artist-made cake walk, pucker up at the kissing booth or have your photo made with your hot date. Let us be your wing-man and give you a reason to ask that special person to meet you at Lawndale on Thursday, February 9, 6-8PM.

March 2012

On View March 9 - April 14, 2012

Opening Reception
Friday, March 9, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Artist talks at 6 PM
Performance at 7 PM
Participating in the FotoFest 2012 Biennial

Opening night performance featuring: Daniel Adame, Shanon Adams, Tina Shariffskul and Prudence Sun

The Photographic Mirror • Curated by Curated by Chuy Benitez
Work by Ben Aqua, Shelley Calton, Alejandro Cartagena, Brittney Connelly, Morgan Ford, Michael Gault, Alex Goss, Joel Hernandez, Allyson Klutenkamper, Qian Ma, Will Michels, Candace Moore, Lupita Murillo Tinnen, Kristy Peet, Chisum Pierce, Tala Vahabzadeh

You, Me & Diane • Emily Peacock

Scroll • Randall McCabe

Screening by Lawndale Artist Studio Program Resident David Politzer:
Digital Pariah — a Video Portrait of Terrance Cummings
March 22, 2012

Digital Pariah is a feature-length documentary by 2011-2012 Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant David Politzer about Terrance Cummings, a 34 year-old African American man living with Asperger's Syndrome. Terrance is unemployed and stuck in Youngstown, OH during an economic recession. The video follows him as he (occasionally) looks for work, but mostly plays video games and muses about his life.


Bayou City Art Festival
March 23 - 25, 2012
10AM - 6PM daily

As a Non-Profit Partner of the Art Colony Association, Lawndale Art Center hosts a booth in the Creative Zone of the Bayou City Art Festival Lawndale Art Center's booth offers a fun and easy art activity for children visiting the festival.

Volunteer opportunities are available with Lawndale at our Memorial Park Creative Zone booth and with BCAF event staffing.
Register with Lawndale now to receive more details about volunteering at this event

April 2012

Lawndale Artist Studio Program Application Workshop
April 10, 2012
5:30 – 6:30 PM

This workshop will introduce the Lawndale Artist Studio Program to prospective applicants, including a short presentation about the program and application guidelines. The workshop is optional for program applicants. Click here to learn more about the Lawndale Artist Studio Program.

Art21 Season 6 Screening

Episode 1: Change
April 12, 2012, 6PM

In partnership with Art21 as part of its Access'12 initiative, Lawndale Art Center presents a sneak preview in advance of the premiere of the sixth season of Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art, on April 12, 2012 at Lawndale Art Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Episode 1, Change, features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation—cultural, material, and aesthetic—and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects. Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, and Catherine Opie are featured.

Art21 Access'12 is an international screening initiative created to increase knowledge of contemporary art, ignite dialogue, and inspire creative thinking through hundreds of public screenings and events that tailor the ideas presented in series to the interests and concerns of local audiences. The season premieres on PBS April 13th with a new episode each Friday during the April and May at 9 pm (check local listings). Through in-depth profiles and interviews, the four-part series reveals the inspiration, vision and techniques behind the creative works of some of today's most thought-provoking artists.

Art21 Access'12 events are presented in partnership with the Arts Business Council, Emerging Leaders of New York Arts, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and the YMCA. An updated list of Art21 Access'12 events and venues worldwide can be found at www.art21.org/access.

This event is part of Art21 Access'12, a celebration of contemporary art and Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season Six, sponsored by Art21. Visit art21.org for more information.

Also visit Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads public sculpture installation by Houston Arts Alliance at Hermann Park, on view March 3 – June 3, 2012. Learn more at www.aiweiweihouston.org.

13th Annual Midtown Visions Cultural Arts Tour
April 14, 2012

Midtown artist's studios, galleries, complexes and collectives will be open for you to meet with artists and visit exhibitions. Enjoy some of Houston's most creative visual and performing arts environments and be a part of Midtown's growing art community! Stop by Lawndale and visit with current Lawndale Artist Studio Program participants Seth Mittag, David Politzer and Anne J. Regan. For more information on this event and other participating venues, please visit:


April 25 - 29, 2012

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May 2012

Participate in the making of Leslie Mutchler’s TrendFACTORY
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
10 AM – 1 PM

Lawndale Art Center and Leslie Mutchler invite you to participate in the making of “factory” assembled, chipboard objects on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 10AM-1PM, in preparation for the exhibition TrendFACTORY, opening May 11, 2012. A short video will be aired at 10 AM, including simple instructions for building. Participants are asked to make objects (using scissors and tape), to photograph their unique objects (with their smartphone), to upload an image of their object to the artistʼs tumblr, and finally to disassemble and recycle their object. All materials will be supplied.

On View May 11 - June 16, 2012

Opening Reception
Friday, May 11, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Artist talks at 6 PM

Prospectors • Seth Mittag, David Politzer & Anne J. Regan
Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition

Isometric Solutions to Contemporary Economic Dilemmas • Jack Eriksson

#everyoneisanartist • Travis McCarra & Michael Gonzales - DSGNFRDG

TrendFACTORY • Leslie Mutchler

STOP-MO-JITOS! (Animation Workshop with Seth Mittag)
Thursday, May 17, 2012
5:30-8:30 PM

Join 2011-2012 Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant Seth Mittag for a free Happy Hour workshop featuring two of Seth's many talents: Mojitos and Stop Motion.

Participants will be introduced to basic stop motion techniques such as storyboarding, filming and editing. During this workshop we will create a short animation using cut paper. We will also look at a few examples of more advanced puppets making techniques involving armature building and casting. The after party (Stop-all-Motion) will feature Ever-clear with a dash of food coloring!

Empty Bowls Houston
May 26, 2012
11 AM - 3 PM

Empty Bowls Houston is a unique lunch event and fundraiser that brings together the arts and crafts community to fight hunger in our area and benefits the Houston Food Bank. For a minimum donation, guests enjoy a simple lunch and select a bowl from hundreds of one-of-a-kind; hand-crafted bowls donated by Houston area ceramicists and craft artists. The event will be held this year at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft at 4848 Main Street, along with demonstrations at Lawndale Art Center at 4912 Main Street. For tickets and information, please visit emptybowlshouston.org.

June 2012

Dinner at Billie Holiday's Table
Thursday, June 7, 2012, 6-8 PM
Registration for this event is closed.

In conjunction with the Lawndale Artist Studio Program exhibition Prospectors, studio artist Anne J. Regan will be making a dinner using exclusively foods which have been included in the work Billie's Fridge. The piece is a refrigerator filled with items from a grocery list of Billie Holiday's from the 1940's. Conversation about Ms. Holiday will lead the evening's discussions. There will be both meat and vegetarian options.

July 2012

The Big Show
July 13 - August 11, 2012

Opening Reception
Friday, July 13, 2012

The Big Show 2012

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.

Click here for information on how to submit work to The Big Show.

August 2012

The Big Slide ShowThe Big Slide Show
Wednesday & Thursday, August 1 & 2, 2012
6:00 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.

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