2014-2015 Exhibition Season

August 2014

On View August 22 - September 27, 2014

Opening Reception
Friday, August 22, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Curator talk at 6 PM

Texas Sculpture Group 2014: A Panoramic View
Curated by James Surls
In memory of TSG member artists, Lee Littlefield, Bert Long, Jr. and Damian Priour
John M. O’Quinn Gallery, Grace R. Cavnar Gallery and Cecily E. Horton Gallery, Project Space and Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden

September 2014

Texas Contemporary Art Fair
September 4 - 7, 2014
George R. Brown Convention Center

Texas Contemporary returns for its fourth annual show, taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center and piquing the interest of both active collectors and new, with artworks from approximately 80 established and innovative up-and-coming galleries from around the country. For more information, visit www.txcontemporary.com/texas.

Click here to download a complimentary day pass to the fair!

Lawndale Art Center is honored to be a beneficiary of the Charity Auction at the Texas Contemporary Art Fair. Lawndale's dedicated auction piece has been generously donated by Randy Twaddle and Moody Gallery. Begin bidding before the fair starts! The Charity Auction opens online on Thursday, August 21st. During the fair, bidders can participate online and on site with bidding concluding on Sunday, September 7th at 6 PM.

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Texas Sculpture Group Artist Talks & Bill FitzGibbons Performance
Thursday, September 11, 2014
6 - 8 PM

Right Side / Wrong Side embodies Bill FitzGibbon’s approach to visual art as social sculpture. His piece is a sculptural response to the geo-political environment constructed by humans that defies the common human spirit. This border architecture is being imposed on two cultures that are more similar than they are different. Which side is right, which is wrong? As a sculptural statement the piece imposes itself in the gallery- coaxing the viewer to experience the gravity of the political statement created by our government.

The performance will be preceded by short artist talks by Susan Budge, Dylan Conner, Stephanie Darling, Nell Gottlieb, Yu Ru Huang and Sharon Kopriva, whose work is on view in the exhibition Texas Sculpture Group 2014: A Panoramic View.

Houston Modern Home Tour
Saturday, September 20, 2014
11 AM - 5 PM
Tickets: $30 ($25 online with promo code ‘LAC2014’)

The 2014 Houston Modern Home Tour will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The day-long event is a self-guided driving-tour of Houston’s coolest modern architecture, designed by some of Bayou City’s greatest architects. From 11 AM to 5 PM, tour-goers can explore the inside and outside of 5 to 8 private residences in the area that are sure to wow even the most casual observer. Lawndale Art Center is the official non-profit partner of the 2014 Modern Home Tour - so spend a day checking out some of Houston’s finest modern residential architecture, and help support Lawndale Art Center! Tickets are $30 in advance.

Lawndale Art Center friends, family and associates can use the coupon code LAC2014 to get $5 off each advanced ticket purchased online. Proceeds from every ticket purchased with this code benefit Lawndale Art Center.

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Houston Fine Art Fair
September 18 - 21, 2014
NRG Center (formerly Reliant)

The fourth edition of the Houston Fine Art Fair (HFAF) will take place September 18 - 21 at NRG Center (formerly Reliant). HFAF aspires to reflect Houston’s sophisticated and diverse collecting practices, where art enthusiasts will encounter an international cross-section of works in all media-from past to present. The fair will feature modern and contemporary masters, mid-career and emerging artists from around the globe. HFAF also features memorable on-site installations and special projects, plus an invigorating three day program (September 18-21) of panel discussions designed for both novice and experienced collectors. For more information on the fair, please visit: houstonfineartfair.com

As a Houston Fine Art Fair Cultural Partner, Lawndale Art Center is pleased to offer you complimentary passes to this year's event. Click here to download your complimentary VIP Pass. Your complimentary VIP PASS admits you and one guest to Opening Night Preview on Thursday Sep 18, 7:30 - 9:30 PM. Enjoy complimentary wine bar Opening Night. Unlimited entry to the fair throughout the weekend. Access to the VIP Lounge (except during private events).

2014-2015 Lawndale Artist Studio Program Artist Talk
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
6 PM

2014-2015 Lawndale Artist Studio Program participants, Josh Bernstein, JooYoung Choi and Lina Dib, give an informal presentation of their work and plans for their residency at Lawndale.

The Museum Experience - Zone 4
Saturday, September 27, 2014
(Zone 4 – Children’s Museum of Houston, The Health Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, Rice Gallery)

The Museum Experience features four walkable “zones” to help visitors navigate through the Houston Museum District and learn more about all 20 museums in a more personal way. Join us the last Saturday of January, April, July and September to explore our four walkable zones. Each quarterly event will showcase a group of the District's 19 institutions complete with special programming, pedicabs and food trucks.


October 2014

Enchanting Everyday Objects Workshop with Lina Dib & Navid Navab
Saturday, October 4, 2014
2 - 4 PM
at TX/RX Labs
205 Roberts St.
Houston, TX 77003

This 2hr long workshop will introduce participants to the practice of augmenting objects using contact microphones, using a set of pre-prepared objects and software instruments. Participants bring their own objects and try creating a few scenarios with provided mics, software instruments and laptops. Ensembles can be up to 8 "re-voiced" objects. Those with sound editing skills may also design/edit their own sounds to use as raw material. Laptops, some everyday objects and contact mics will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own!

Lina Dib is a 2014-2014 Lawndale Artist Studio Program resident. Her installations and compositions range from the ethnographic to the experimental. She is an affiliate artist at the Topological Media Lab in Montreal and TX/RX Labs in Houston. She has received grants and awards from Canada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council, AMIDA’s European training program, and Rice University’s Humanities Research Center. Dib has a PhD in Anthropology and is a teaching fellow at Rice University. Recent exhibits and publications include Hirsch Library Project (Museum of Fine Arts Houston), MURMURATIONS (Lawndale Art Center), Sheaf of Times (Rudolph Blume Fine Art; Yerba Buena Gardens; MOP Projects, Sydney, Australia), Microsoundtrack (Pitman Park; Rice University), The Forgetting Dis-ease: Making Time Matter (differences), Of Promises and Prototypes: The Archeology of the Future (LIMN).

Navid Navab is a Montreal based alkemist, composer/improvisor, programmer, and sound designer. A graduate of Ontario Royal Conservatory of Music, Concordia University’s Electroacoustics and Computational Arts program, and McGill Music Technology, he has been working for the past several years creating deeply expressive media instruments synthesizing research at IRCAM, CRIMMT, CNMAT, Topological Media Lab and Matralab. Interested in the poetics of gesture, materiality, and embodiment, his work explores the social lives of objects and the enrichment of their embedded performative qualities. Navid uses gestures, rhythms and vibrations from everyday life as basis for real-time sound generation, resulting in augmented acoustical-poetry that enchants improvisational and pedestrian movements.

TX/RX Labs is Houston’s Hackerspace. They are a project-based team of makers with backgrounds in the creative arts: electronic circuitry, music composition, 3D printing, computer science and security, screenprinting, fashion design and even haute cuisine. TX/RX’s goals are to bring creative people together, to serve as an incubator for imaginative solutions for everyday problems, to make opaque scientific and technical concepts accessible to everyone through education and to provide much-needed services to our community, made possible by the skills and passion of our membership.

27th Annual Día de los Muertos
October 20, 2014 – November 8, 2014

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November 2014

On View November 21, 2014 - January 10, 2015

Opening Reception
Friday, November 21, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Artist talks at 6 PM

Drive • Curated by Joshua Fischer and Katia Zavistovski

After Landscapes • Regan Golden-McNerney

Pulse • Margaret Smithers-Crump

at dawn and dusk • Mari Omori

Also on view...
The People's Plate • Otabenga Jones & Associates

December 2014

On View December 13, 2014 - January 10, 2015

Opening Reception
Saturday, December 13, 2014
2 – 4 PM
Artist talk at 2 PM

TIME FRONT • Lauren Moya Ford

January 2015

Drive Artist Talk
Saturday, January 10, 2015
2 PM

Please join us to hear Bryan Gardner, Flash Gordon Parks, Susie Rosmarin and Jesse Morgan Barnett talk briefly about their work.

Freeways are a ubiquitous presence in Houston, circumscribing its inner and outer loops, bisecting downtown, and stretching over its neighborhoods and bayous. Snaking through and around the city, I-10, 59, 45, and the 610 and Beltway 8 loops have physically and psychologically shaped the everyday lives of Houston residents in profound ways. In this group exhibition Drive, Joshua Fischer and Katia Zavistovski explore the various roles that freeways and driving culture have played in our human experience and perceptions of the city. Questioning how freeways have impacted art making – whether as inspiration, antagonist, or more neutrally as platform or stage – the exhibition will feature a broad range of work by artists and architects who engage with the topic from multiple perspectives and in diverse media. These range from works that address the subject directly – for example, Bryan Gardner’s recreation of the 610 loop that draws from his experiences commuting – to the more indirect and open-ended, such as Susie Rosmarin’s abstract paintings that explore visual repetition and seriality. The exhibition will also feature work by The Art Guys, Jesse Morgan Barnett, Claudia Casbarian, Cody Ledvina, Lars Lerup, and Mike Osborne, among others; as well as visual ephemera that provide a brief history of the freeway as it has shifted from an optimistic symbol of growth and freedom to what is now commonly seen as a problematic piece of infrastructure associated with traffic jams and long commutes.

On View January 23 - February 28, 2015

Opening Reception
Friday, January 23, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Artist talks at 6 PM

Topologies • {exurb}
Johnny DiBlasi, Stephen Kraig, Patrick Renner & Eric Todd

The Idyll • Ryder Richards

Day Dreams • Jed Foronda

Synthetic Happiness • Stephanie Patton

I'd Prefer To Keep My Distance • S.A. Hinson

February 2015

Exploring Notan, the Dark-Light Principle of Design Workshop
with JooYoung Choi

Saturday, February 7, 2015
1:30 – 4:30 PM
Free - Registration required as space is limited to 10 participants

Notan is both a method for organizing light and dark values within the picture plane, and a philosophical mindset of how one can use the concept of yin and yang to balance or create tension within a composition. Through this workshop participants will receive a basic knowledge of Notan, and get busy learning with hands on activities to see how this method of organizing light and dark shapes can be applied to their own work and life.

All are invited, but please keep in mind this program has been created with those involved in the visual arts in mind. All ages are welcome, but participants must be able to use a utility knife or have someone accompany them who can.

Please bring: x-acto knife, scissors, and a piece of hard board or cutting mat you can cut on top of (a piece of hard cardboard would suffice). Glue and paper will be provided.

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March 2015

On View March 13 - April 18, 2015

Opening Reception
Friday, March 13, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Artist talks at 6 PM

On Plasticity: Poetics of the Built • Adam Crosson, Jonas Hart & James Scheuren

With Wild Abandon • Anthony Sonnenberg

Tongue-and-Groove • Erin Stafford

8 Ohms • Jason Flowers

Also on view...
Ghost Grid • Jonathan Leach

Kite-making Workshop
with Josh Bernstein
Saturday, March 28, 2015
12 - 1 PM
Click here to be added to a wait list for this event.

Join Lawndale Artist Studio Program resident Josh Bernstein for simple-to-make kites just in time for the Hermann Park Kite Festival! All materials provided. Children 8 and older (with parental supervision) welcome. Participation is limited to 10 kite-makers.

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April 2015

Museum District Family Night at IKEA
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
5 - 7 PM
7810 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77024

Join participating museums from the Houston Museum District at IKEA Houston from 5 to 7 PM for a Children's Creative Workshop with educational hands on activities for kids. Houston Museum District Family Night at IKEA Houston activities include:

  • Create your own glass-bead bracelet at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft station.
  • "Create Your Own Mural" in conjunction with Jonathan Leach's new mural titled "Ghost Grid" on view at Lawndale Art Center.
  • Make origami butterflies with the Holocaust Museum team as part of their butterfly project.
  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum presents a code-making activity that educates children about Buffalo Soldier military terminology utilized on the Underground Railroad. Create your own codes then take an oath to join the New Underground Reading Railroad.

April 20 - 26, 2015

Click here for information on Design Fair 2015.

Museum Experience - Zone 2
April 25, 2015
Holocaust Museum Houston, Asia Society Texas Center, Czech Center Museum Houston, Lawndale Art Center, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, DiverseWorks

The Museum Experience is Houston's newest cultural block party! The Museum Experience features four walkable "zones" to help visitors navigate through the area and learn more about all 19 museums in a more personal way. On the last Saturday of January, April, July and September, each zone will showcase a handful of museums at a time, complete with special programming, pedicabs in select zones and food trucks. Create your own Museum Experience with the Houston Museum District.

Click here to learn more about the museums of Zone 2 and activities planned for Saturday, April 25, 2015!

May 2015

On View May 8 - June 13, 2015

Opening Reception
Friday, May 8, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Artist talks at 6 PM

A B C D • Josh Bernstein, JooYoung Choi & Lina Dib
Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition

Found Unfound • Keliy Anderson-Staley

Satis House • Isabel Cuenca

Total Body • Liz Rodda

Also on view...
Ghost Grid • Jonathan Leach

Keliy Anderson-Staley Artist Talk
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
6 PM

Join us for a conversation with Keliy Anderson-Staley and Sandra Zalman, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Houston, on Wednesday, May 27th at 6 PM. Anderson-Staley and Zalman will discuss the autobiographical work in the exhibition, Found Unfound, on view through June 13, 2015 in the Cecily E. Horton Gallery at Lawndale Art Center.

June 2014

The Big Show 2015 Call for Entries

Application Deadline:
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (5 PM - Central Standard Time)

Artists will be notified by email on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by 6 PM.

Delivery Dates (for work selected for the exhibition):
Thursday, June 25, 2015 – 10 AM – 5 PM
Friday, June 26, 2015 – 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 12 – 5 PM

Click here to enter!

Click here for full details on the exhibition and how to enter work!

July 2015

The Big Show 2015
July 10 - August 8, 2015

Opening Reception
Friday, July 10, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Awards announced at 7 PM

Click here for information on The Big Show 2015.

The Big Slide Show
Wednesday & Thursday, July 29 & 30, 2015
6 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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