2015-2016 Exhibition Season

August 2015

On View August 21 - September 26, 2015

Friday, August 21, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM

Specter Field • Harold Mendez & Ronny Quevedo

Studio Junkies • Kay Sarver

The Beauty is Broken • Camille Warmington

Prismatic • Melissa Borrell

Lawndale Regional Wilderness Zone • Elizabeth Eicher & Hélène Schlumberger

Also on view...
Ghost Grid • Jonathan Leach

September 2015

2015-2016 Lawndale Artist Studio Program Artist Talk
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
6 PM

2015-2016 Lawndale Artist Studio Program participants, Bradly Brown, Cobra McVey and Anthony Sonnenberg, give an informal presentation of their work and plans for their residency at Lawndale.

Houston Modern Home Tour
Saturday, September 26, 2015
11 AM - 5 PM
Tickets: $30 ($25 online with promo code ‘LAWNDALE’)

The 2015 Houston Modern Home Tour will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015. 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 6 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 2015 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 LAWNDALE 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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October 2015

28th Annual Día de los Muertos
October 19 – November 7, 2015

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November 2015

Exhibitions on View November 20, 2015 - January 9, 2016

Opening Reception
Friday, November 20, 2015
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM

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Read Me • Candace Hicks

Bread, Bath and Beyond • Emily Fleisher

A Library for Soft Rains • Jason Urban

NIGHT WALK • The Center for Imaginative Cartography and Research

Also on view...

Lawndale Regional Wilderness Zone • Elizabeth Eicher & Hélène Schlumberger

Ghost Grid • Jonathan Leach

Dormalou Project
Friday, November 20, 2015 (One Night Only!)
6-8:30 PM

Jet Propelled Insectivore: The Tripatorium
The Tripatorium is an interactive light and sound installation created by Houston artist, Matt Fries, also known as Jet Propelled Insectivore.

Dormalou Project is a mobile art gallery with an emphasis on growing future artists and creating community based art projects, founded by Houston based artist Chasity Porter. This project came out of a desire to create an alternative art space that is accessible to anybody, anywhere, showcasing serious artists with a commitment to making art as well as giving back to the community and instills the need and desire for creativity and art in the next generation.


January 2016

Lacto-Fermented Vegetable Workshop
with the Center for Imaginative Cartography and Research

Saturday, January 9, 2016
12 - 1:30 PM
$15 per person
Advance registration required

The Center for Imaginative Cartography and Research invite you to participate in a lacto-fermented vegetable workshop. Fermentation is a process these artists incorporate into both their studio practice and into their daily routine. For their exhibition NIGHT WALK, on view in the Project Space, it served as a creative process both physical and metaphorical: it was used to transform foraged materials into dyes for the large-scale hanging curtain; and it was used to transmute images, ideas, and experiences into sculptural objects and arrangements. Participants will learn about the background of this process, taste samples and prepare a quart of their own veggies to ferment at home.

Fermentation-related prints and zines by the Center for Imaginative Cartography and Research will also be for sale at the workshop. Advance registration is required as space is limited.

Zoetrope Workshop
with Candace Hicks

Saturday, January 9, 2016
3 - 5 PM
$15 per person
Advance registration required

Join Candace Hicks for a zoetrope workshop on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Lawndale Art Center. Take advantage of persistence of vision and flicker fusion frequency to create the illusion of continuous motion. Zoetropes consist of a cylinder with a series of pictures on the inner surface that, when viewed through slits with the cylinder rotating, give an impression of motion. Participants will be provided with supplies to create their own zoetrope. Advance registration is required as space is limited.

On view January 22 - February 27, 2016 Exhibitions

Opening Reception
Friday, January 22, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM
Artist talks at 6 PM

Flicker + Fade • Randy Bolton

Satellite • Almendra Castillo, Cinthia Gomez & Yma Luis

Alkanzíyya • Jorge Galván Flores

Grisaille • Georgia Carter

BioCity • The Expanded Environment
Ned Dodington, Christoph Ibele, Jon LaRocca & Haldre Rogers

February 2016

Brass Flower Workshop
with Anthony Sonnenberg

Saturday, February 6, 2016
2 - 4 PM
$15 per person
Advance registration required

Lawndale Artist Studio Program Resident Anthony Sonnenberg invites you join in a workshop to learn the basic skills and techniques for transforming materials that can be found at any basic craft and hardware store into beautiful one of a kind floral creations. Participants will learn how to make patterns, trace, cut and shape individual parts of the flower, and how to connect all the parts together with low-temperature solder. You will also learn what types or tools are required and where to find all your basic materials so that participants will be able to continue their creating after the workshop is over.

There will be supplies and tools available for all the workshop participants but it is strongly encourage that participants bring their own pair of scissors and small to medium sized needle-nosed pliers. Please note, this workshop will require participants to work with high temperature tools and materials. All participants must wear closed toed shoes and are advised to bring leather work gloves.

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Rendering Gray: A Conversation with Georgia Carter
Saturday, February 20, 2016
3 PM

Lawndale is pleased to welcome exhibiting artist Georgia Carter in conversation with curator Lauren Rosenblum on how differing processes, working in both drawing and print, allows the artist to explore a subject that at once references the history of artistic technique and also rests comfortably in the digital age.

Born in Houston, TX, Georgia Carter received her MFA in studio art at The University of Texas in Austin, TX. She received her BFA in painting and drawing from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. She has shown at David Shelton Gallery in Houston, TX, Maniac gallery in Los Angeles, CA amongst various galleries in Oakland, CA and in the Houston area. Her work consists mainly of large scale drawings, painting and prints.

Lauren Rosenblum is the curatorial assistant in Prints & Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She has held positions in the division of art and architecture at the Yale University Press and in the Department of Prints, Drawings, & Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has a BA in art history from Bryn Mawr College and a MA in art history from Temple University, Philadelphia.

Happy hour with thrift store object exquisite corpse fun…
Thursday, February 25, 2016
6 – 8 PM
Advance registration required

Lawndale Artist Studio Program resident Cobra McVey invites you to collaborate in deconstructing thrift store objects to create Frankenthrift assemblages from the re-imagined parts. Exquisite corpse style, objects will be passed from one participant to another as they break down thrift finds and build them into new, exciting treasures - musical chair style! Beer, music and good times will be provided.

Participants should bring one or two three-dimensional objects that you find at the thrift store, plus any desired accessories (jewelry, scarves, hats, mittens, etc.) that you respond to emotionally and/or aesthetically. The object should be deconstruct-able and it should be something you are willing to deconstruct (cut, tear, glue, tape, sew, draw on, paint on, etc.). Deconstructing tools (scissors, hot glue guns, duct tape, etc.) will be provided. Feel free to bring any special tools you'd like to use.

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2016 Lawndale Mural Project Opening Reception
Saturday, February 27, 2016
1 – 3 PM

About ___ Rocks • Russell Etchen

March 2016

Fresh Arts' Cultured Cocktails with Lawndale!
Thursday, March 3, 2016
5 - 7 PM
Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar, 307 Fairview Street

Please join us for drinks and conversation at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar on Thursday, March 3rd, when 10% of all drink sales during the 5 - 7 PM happy hour will go to support Lawndale Art Center.

So enjoy a drink or two, meet the Lawndale team, and take in Boheme's bohemian atmosphere! The proceeds from the evening will support the organization so don't be shy, raise a glass (or three) while raising funds for Lawndale Art Center!

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On View March 11 - April 16, 2016 Exhibitions

Opening Reception
Friday, March 11, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM
In conjunction with the FotoFest 2016 Biennial

Standpoints • Curated by Britt Thomas
Work by Jeremiah Ariaz, Sandy Carson & David Poltizer

All things are reflections of other things • Caroline Roberts

Gift Shop • Hillerbrand+Magsamen

Vanishing Discotecas • Jeanette Joy Harris

The Lens Capsule
Friday, March 11, 2016 (One Night Only!)
6:30 - 8:30 PM

Rick Custer
Armed And...

In this series, Armed and..., the idea is to witness the subject's reaction to a loaded firearm. On the left side of the diptych, the sitter is depicted empty-handed yet knowing they will be given a loaded firearm as a prop for the next exposure. On the right side, the sitter is then photographed holding the gun. As a result, the sitters must confront their own prejudices regarding the power of the object being held. We witness how they carry themselves while in possession of a lethal weapon. All the subjects came with different levels of firearms knowledge that range from never seeing a real gun to having extensive training and carry permits. Depending on his or her understanding, each sitter’s mood changed after receiving the gun. The changes shifted from subtle to very pronounced. The intent of this project is to help facilitate an honest discussion between both sides of the gun control debate.

The Lens Capsule is a mobile exhibition space hosted from the back of a rental truck. Co-founded by artists Emily Peacock and Britt Thomas, it has hosted solo and group exhibitions for emerging lens-based Texas artists during Fotofest since 2012. The Lens Capsule’s mission is to expand professional opportunities for emerging photographers and lens-based Texas artists through exhibition, promotion, and a large audience. Due to its inherent mobility, The Lens Capsule is able to capitalize on established art spaces’ strong opening attendance.

Discussions - East Downtown and Discotecas
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Coinciding with Jeanette Joy Harris’ exhibition Vanishing Discotecas, Lawndale will host a discussion about gentrification in East Downtown Houston. Focusing on how to best provide economic opportunities while maintaining the fabric of this historic neighborhood, panel topics will include: METRO rail expansion, shifts in demographics and economic development. Participants include: Diane Barber, Managing Director of East End Foundation; Diane Schenke, President, Greater East End Management District; Linda Trevino, Senior Stakeholder Affairs Representative, METRO; and David Guerrero, Owner, Andes Cafe. The panel will be moderator by Teresa Schneider, Shareholder, Winstead PC.

April 2016

Cyanotype Workshop with Caroline Roberts
Saturday, April 2, 2016
12 - 2 PM
$20 per person
SOLD OUT - Registration Closed

Caroline Roberts will lead a workshop on making cyanotypes or "sun prints" in conjunction with her exhibition All things are reflections of other things on view in the Cecily E. Horton Gallery. Participants will learn the basics of creating photograms with this cameraless photography technique. All ages are welcome, adult supervision requested for children under the age of 11.

Lawndale Community Picnic
Saturday, April 16, 2016
2 - 5 PM

Join us for a picnic and beers at this free event, and get to know one another and what new programs and initiatives Lawndale has planned for the rest of the year and beyond. Bring your friends! Now is a special time to become a part of Lawndale and the vibrant community that shares our passion for Lawndale’s past, present and future commitment to contemporary art and artists.

Our new Lawndale t-shirt, designed by contest winner and local artist, Rene Cruz, will be available for sale, and as a special offer on 4/16 only, join as a Lawndale Member and receive 16 months of membership and a free shirt!

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Home Balance

Saturday, April 16, 2016
8:30 - 10 PM - Cancelled due to inclement weather

In conjunction with CounterCurrent 2016
Presented by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

A large inflatable bouncy house—like the one popping up on your neighbor’s lawn heralding the arrival of a child’s noisy birthday party—is custom built with walls that become glowing film screens. A camera captures the actions of participants bouncing inside the house, projecting live images on one side of the house. The rest of the walls are illuminated by videos of the artists’ (a wife-and-husband team) family inside their own home: the artists and their children jumping up and down, breaking things, hitting their heads against the ceiling, knocking over furniture, falling, creating complete havoc.

As the private space of the family home is made public for everyone to see, visitors can enter and bounce in the midst of the images. In a bouncy house the goal is to maintain stability in an environment not designed for stability, while our real homes are designed for a stability that our home-life can never attain. Home Balance questions what constitutes a home, and draws on childhood games to explore how family interactions challenge the desire to maintain orderly control of the structures in which we dwell.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen are the photographers and the photographed; their home is their canvas, their family is their subject, and their actions become their content. Home, family, belongings—nothing is left un-deconstructed in their art—often quite literally, as sofas, bedroom walls, and dinnerware come under physical attack. With humor, performance, video and everyday objects, Hillerbrand+Magsamen expand their family life into a contemporary art conversation about family dynamics, suburban life and American consumer excess.

During the CounterCurrent 2016 festival, Home Balance will travel throughout the city. Click here for additional locations and times.

featuring David Dove/Jawwaad Taylor, Charalambides, Helen Money and Soldier Kane

April 29 - 30, 2016
7 PM
$35 General Admission to both evenings
**$30 General Admission for LAC Members

Lawndale Art Center is proud to present SPEAKEASY, a new program initiative that re-envisions Lawndale's "Speakeasy" series that took place from 1993-2002. This series will cast a reflexive eye on Lawndale's historical relationship to live performance and the exploration of issues in contemporary art.

Our first event will take place over two consecutive evenings in late April and will feature David Dove/Jawwaad Taylor, Charalambides, Helen Money and Soldier Kane.

Cold beverages generously provided by Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

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May 2016

On View May 6 - June 25, 2016

Opening Reception
Friday, May 6, 2016
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Artist talks at 6 PM

how2magpie • Bradly Brown, Cobra McVey & Anthony Sonnenberg
Lawndale Artist Studio Program Exhibition

Surface Dwellers • Samantha Persons & Christopher Wallace

May-Can-Will • Alex Goss

Triptych • Michelle Chang

June 2016

Open Drawing Session with Samantha Persons & Christopher Wallace
Saturday, June 4, 2016
2 - 4 PM

Join Samantha Persons and Christopher Wallace for an open drawing session on Saturday, June 4th, from 2 to 4 PM. Persons and Wallace's exhibition, Surface Dwellers, on view in the Cecily E. Horton Gallery tackles notions of narrative, pattern and obsession using an arsenal of 0.40-millimeter pens. Participants will be introduced to their drawing process. Ask questions, talk, snack and draw. Persons and Wallace are offering to share their studio pens, markers, hand cut stencils and paper. You need only to bring yourself and maybe a friend.

Houston Matters Road Show
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
at Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004

On Tuesday, June 28th at 7:00 p.m., the Houston Matters team takes its show on the road. Join host Craig Cohen and the whole crew at the Asia Society Texas Center for the Houston Matters Road Show! Guests include Lawndale Art Center's Executive Director, Stephanie Mitchell, Captain Paul Matthews and Amy Bishop.

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July 2016

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August 2016

Watercolor Collage Workshop
Saturday, August 20, 2016
1 - 3 PM
Free - Registration is required as space is limited.

During this two-hour workshop led by Lawndale's Summer Interns, participants will learn the basic techniques of watercolor and create a collage art piece with their watercolors. We will cover eight watercolor techniques; wash, gradient wash, gradient color wash, wet on wet, drips with a brush, drips with a spray bottle, texturing with plastic wrap and texturing with salt. Each technique will be taught on a 3”x6” piece of watercolor paper which once dry will be cut up and assembled into a collage artwork of the participants' design. This workshop is accessible to an audience between ages 10 - 20 who want to experiment with watercolor. Admission to the workshop is free and supplies will be provided though if you have your own watercolors feel free to bring them!

Registration is required as space is limited. Sign up here!

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