25th Annual Día de los Muertos
October 22 - November 10, 2012
Gala & Retablo Silent Auction - Thursday, October 25, 2012

ARTISTS: We anticipate distributing metal for the retablo exhibition following our opening on August 24, 2012. Sign up for our email newsletter to receive an announcement when retablo tins become available. Please note, retablos are limited to one per artist and are distributed on a first come first served basis.

24th Annual Día de los Muertos
October 17-November 5, 2011

On View Jan 7 to Feb 24

Lawndale Art Center is pleased to present its 24th Annual Día de los Muertos events, a celebration of the art, music and folklife of Mexico. 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.  This program supports area artists and students by offering them an opportunity to show their works to diverse audiences in a museum quality setting. Over the years additional programming has been developed to educate audiences and encourage dialogue in celebration of Mexican-American heritage in our region. Día de los Muertos programs and exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center promote cultural awareness of Mexican folk art practices associated with this celebration of family, life and community.

Retablo Exhibition

Retablo Exhibition
October 17 - November 5, 2011

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. Many well-known Houston and nationally known artists participate; the exhibition attracts a large audience and the gala is one of the most fun parties in Houston!
Día de los Muertos is Lawndale’s only open-call, non-juried exhibition. The retablo Silent Auction is our single largest fund raising event of the year. This year artists donated 267 retablos that are on display through November 5, 2011.

Artists participating in this year's exhibition include:

Melinda Ainsworth, Joe Aker, Glinda Anderson, Juan Carlos Arredondo, The Art Guys, David Aylsworth, Brooke Bailey, Dominick Bambace, Alex Barber, Michael Baumgartner, Tanna Bennett, Edgar Benz, Bexar, N. Blanca, Natasha Bowdoin, Elaine Bradford, Mary C. Bradley, Cathy Brisky, Cindy Broadway, Marilyn Brooks, Scot Brooks, Laura Brownell, Christi Bruecher, Enrique Camacho, Nubia Carino, Lee Ann Carrier, Brianna Carroll, Catherine Cartwright, Juan Aaron Castillo, Sally Chandler, Eric E. Chavoustie, Tzu-Yu Chen, Jeanette Chinelli, Sheng Kuan Chung, James Ciosek, Liz Conces Spencer, Bec Cook, Hollis Cooper, Christine Stevens & Richard Crishock, Jessica Crowl, Stephanie Darling, Marilyn Davenport, Adrian de la Cerda, Janie DeGuerin, Kelley Devine, Bettie Donovan, Kent Dorn, DumpTruck, Alicia Duplan, Josephine Durkin, Noah Edmundson, Cathy  Espinosa Payne, Daniel  Esquivel Brandt, Loli Fernandez-A K., Jay Ferranti, Fester Collaborative, Julie Fischer, Carmen Flores, Ciro Flores, Kevin Flores, Marcela Flores, Rodney Flores, Terry Flores, Sean Flournoy, Richard E. Fluhr, Heyd Fontenot, Mary Forbes, Jed Foronda, Sebastian Forray, Dixie Friend Gay, Valerie G., Lynn Ganschinietz, Julie Anne Gawel, Ken General, Rachel George, Tracey Gibbs, James Glassman, Joyce F. Gold, Johann Klaus Golditz, Candice Goodwin, Barry Gremillion, Maryann Gremillion, John Grisaffi, Mitch Samuels Grystar, Stephanie Guajardo, Stevie Rae Guajardo, Ann W. Harithas, Bret Harmeyer, Rachel Harmeyer, Sue  Burke Harrington, Charlotte Jean Hatch, Joseph Havel, Kathleen Havens, Paula Hawkins, Anna Hazel, Sarah Hazel, Michael Henderson, Lynette Henry, Audry Herber, Edgar Hernandez, Joel Hernandez, Rudy Hernandez, Dallas Hill, Linda Hofheinz, Joe R. Holton, Jimmy Houston, Mary Howe Hawkins, Clare Hulfish, Allison Hunter, Courtney Hurst, Herman Jacobs, Sandra A. Jacobs, Maura G. Jaimes, Terrell James, JoAnn Jenkins, Clyde Johnson, Jill Johnson, Eric Michael Jones, Nyssa Juneau, Kym K, Solomon Kane, Jesse A. Kantu, Allison Kellogg, Clark Kellogg, Kate Kendall, John Frederick Kidd, Jean King, Laura Klein, Trish Klenow, Brent Kramlich, Kristen Kramlich, Diane La Franca, Ya La' ford, Lauren Langford, Joan Laughlin, Jonathan C. Leach, Cavan Leerkamp, Penny Smith & Harry  Leverette, James A. Linares, John Linden, Charmaine Locke, Bert Long, Jana Macy, Michelle Macy, Janel Macy Jasper, Leslie Magdaleno, Jason Makepeace, Nina Craig Makepeace, Gabriela Maldonado, Judy Malone-Stein, Lester Marks, Elias Martinez, Melissa Martinez, Ken Mazzu, Daniel McFarlane, Jeff McGee, Mary M. McGee, Jennifer L. F. McNichols, Margaret, Menchaca Alvarez, Sandrita Mendez, Tami Merrick, Kerry Middaugh, Seth Mittag, Jill Moffitt, John R. Moffitt, Lorena Morales, Ayn Morgan, Pen Morrison, Don Moser, Erica Moses, C. Nasr, Lou Ann Naut, Steve & Sue Neel, Kia Neill, Richard Nix, Jim Nolan, Karen Olds, Carolyn Oliver, Carrie Olsen, Lizbeth Ortiz, John Painter, Aaron Parazette, C.H. JoAnn Park, Emily Lorraine Patrick, Emily Peacock, Eric Pearce, A. Pebdani, Kristy Peet, Mitch Pengra, Donna E. Perkins, Sergio Pernas, Paul Peters, Sara Peters, Ronel Pierre, Low Brow Pilgrim, Paula Pilgrim, Britt Ragsdale & Shane  Platt, Leslie Plaza Johnson, Ben Gorman & Mike Pomeroy, Mark Ponder, Chasity Porter, Basilios Poulos, Carlos Pozo, Hal Rawley, Sylvia Caplan Rawley, Richard Rebelo Sanchez, Georgia Redonet, Kendra Reese, Michael Remson, Kim Ritter, Trish Robbins, Michael Robins, Samara Rosen, Teresa Rubino, Stephen Ruiz, Radu Runcanu, Jessica Runge, John Runnels, Stephen Ruth, Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Janeth Salgado, Charlie Jean Sartwelle, Alfredo Scaroina, Louise Schlachter, Wade Schmitz, Brandi Scott, Herbert Shapiro, Caroline Sharpless, Anthony Thompson Shumate, Ken Simmons, The Sissy Project, Belinda Smith, Carole F. Smith, Kaneem Smith, Karen Smith, Malcolm A. Smith, Becky Soria, Al Souza, Annie Souza, John Sparagana, Susan Spjut, Springer, Loni Sproles, Earl Staley, Melanie Stinson, Janina Stout, Annie Strader, James Surls, Anne Rita Taylor, David Temple, Nicole Temple, Shane Tolbert, Katherine H. Tramonte, Richard Varela, Rachelle Vasquez, Myke Venable, Regina Vigil, Carolina Wackerle, Jen Wagner, Susan Wingfield, Dave Wood, Scott Woodard, Kory Woods, Julie Zarate, Jo Zider and Daniel R. Zorn

Retablo Pick Up Reminder 
Thanks for supporting Lawndale and purchasing retablos at our annual gala and silent auction. Retablos pick up will take place in the gallery:

 Monday, November 7, 2011

 Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Starting Wednesday, November 9, please come to the 3rd floor office during office hours (10AM-5PM, Monday-Friday) to retrieve your work. Please note, Lawndale will be closed for installation on Saturday, November 12, 2011.

Community Ofrenda

October 17 – November 5, 2011

Starting October 17, guests are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar honoring departed loved ones. Thanks to the Consulate General of Mexico for their assistance with assembling this year's ofrenda.


Gala and Retablo Silent Auction

Friday, October 21, 2011
Artist, Member and Sponsor preview 6-7PM
Gala and Silent Auction 7-9PM
Silent Auction closes at 8:45PM

Event Chairs
Jessica Phifer and James Glassman

Admission: $45 per person
$35 for Lawndale Members
Available at the door.

The festivities begin with a silent auction Friday, October 21. The auction of retablos, created and donated by nearly 250 Texas artists, feature contemporary interpretations of this traditional, devotional art. Guests will also enjoy Día de los Muertos exhibitions in the Cavnar and Mezzanine Galleries which feature the works of Houston school children. DJ set by Glasnost. Complimentary refreshments provided by Izkali Tequila, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Catering by Culinaire, El Tiempo Cantina, Goodie Bars, Last Concert Cafe, Natachee's Supper and Punch, Tacos A Go-Go, Whole Foods and other local restaurants.

Preview the exhibition Monday, October 17 - Thursday, October 20 during normal gallery hours or visit our Flickr page for images from the exhibition.


Musical Ofrenda

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
performances begin at 6:15PM

Join us for an evening of celebration and remembrance. During Día de los Muertos, families create ofrendas to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. A ROCO chamber group and Musiqa composers will present short original contemporary, classic compositions as musical ofrendas. Inprint will also present original readings written in the tradition of making an offering during the Día de los Muertos celebrations. This event is a partnership between ROCO, Inprint, Musiqa and Lawndale Art Center.

Papel Picado Workshop

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Houston art educator and Lawndale supporter, Jean King, will lead a papel picado workshop as part of this year’s Día de los Muertos celebration.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  Visitors will not only learn about the traditional art of Mexican paper cutting from one of the best, but will also get to create and take home their own unique perforated paper creation. 

Sugar Skull Workshop

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Demonstrations at 6 and 6:30PM - FULL

In conjunction with our 24th Annual Día de los Muertos celebration, Lawndale Art Center is offering a sugar skull making workshop. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is requested as space is limted.To register, please email Bring a bag of sugar and add it to the mix or just drop in for a quick demonstration. All participants may take home one sugar skull and a printed recipe.

10/17/2011 Update: Both the 6 and 6:30PM demonstrations are full. Click here if you'd like to download the recipe and try making a sugar skull on your own. Molds are avaiable for purchase at Casa Ramirez on 19th St. in the Heights. Join us for the Family Day Fiesta on November 5 to decorate one of the skulls made at the workshop.

Family Day Fiesta

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Admission: Free
Lawndale’s 24th annual Día de los Muertos celebration continues with a Saturday fiesta honoring participating teachers and students whose works of art can be viewed in the Cavnar and Mezzanine Galleries. Enjoy refreshments and children's activities such as cutting papel picado and decorating sugar skulls, along with performances by Houston Grand Opera, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and Paedarchy Puppets.

This year's exhibition includes work by 20 Houston area schools including:

Bay Area Montessori House, Carver Magnet High School, Cesar E. Chavez High School, Cypress Lakes High School, Davis High School, De Zavala Elementary School, DeBakey High School for Health Professionals, Harmony Science Academy Houston High, Johnston Middle School, Manvel High School, Patrick Henry Middle School, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Sam Houston Math, Science and Technology Center, Sam Rayburn High Shool, Sharpstown International School, St. Stephen's Episcopal School, YES Prep Brays Oaks, YES Prep East End, YES Prep North Central and YES Prep Southeast.


Performance Schedule:

Paedarchy Puppets
12:00 PM
A Dance with Catrina Calavera
A Tale of the Mistress of death trying to make herself and the underworld appealing to a disbelieving and crafty mortal.
Members include: Chris Crawford, Ariadne Crow, Rachel George, Robin Woodward and Hank Montegomery .  

Houston Grand Opera
Houston Grand Opera vocalist Vanessa Cerda-Alonzo performs songs accompanied by a solo guitarist.

Mixteco Ballet Folklorico
1:30 PM & 3 PM
Children and teens promote the rich and colorful Mexican folklore through dance, music and art. Directors: Jose Sada, & Rosalia Chapa.


Sponsor Día de los Muertos. Funds raised in support of Lawndale's 24th Annual Día de los Muertos help underwrite the cost of presenting programs that celebrate cultural traditions of Mexico. These events foster pride and appreciation in one's own heritage and encourages tolerance and understanding. Contributions also fund Lawndale's free programs throughout the year and allows us to continue serving as one of Houston's leading contemporary arts spaces.

To find out more about making a donation to this year's Día de los Muertos, please download our Donor Packet or contact us at 713.528.5858 or by email at


Party With Cris



Betsy Strauch & Lonnie Hoogeboom
Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan
Mr. Lester Marks & Dr. Penelope Marks

Kathrine G. McGovern
Jim Petersen Jr.


Jereann Chaney
Gayle & Mike DeGeurin
Janie & Dick DeGuerin
George & Mary Hawkins

Mark & Jenny Johnson
Nicole Laurent & Joey Romano
Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Alexine O. Stevens & Mary Ann Whisenhunt


Mark McCray & Bill Arning
Art Supply
Volker Eisele
Wayne & Beverly Gilbert
Mina & Dan Graur
GG Hsieh & Mark Hausknecht
Anneliese Davis & David Heller
Tim & Pam Jahnke

Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Longo Cosmetic Medicine
Gundi McCandless
Russ Pitman
Joe & Anne Romano
H. Irving Schweppe Jr., M.D.
Missy Wibbelsman


Minnette & Peter Boesel
Terry & Marilyn Brooks
Ed Cooper
Rob Greenstein

Ginny & Richard Schneider
Alice Tannahill
Charlie Urquhart & Victoria Rosch Urquhart


Catering by Culinaire
Rene Cruz
El Tiempo Cantina
Goodie Bars
Izkali Tequila

Last Concert Cafe
Natachee's Supper and Punch
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Tacos A Go-Go
Whole Foods


Elaine Dillard
Anneliese Davis & David Heller
Courtney Hurst & Andrew Hoyt
Jared & Caroline Starry LeBlanc
Iris McAlpine
Hunter Martin & Matt Overaker
Kimberly & Matthew Pacetti

Hilary & Kevin Reagin
Nicole Laurent & Joey Romano
Stephanie Baker & Jessica Salmons
Victoria Rosch Urquhart & Charlie Urquhart
Missy Wibbelsman & Barrett Webb
Renee & Andy Willis


Students and Teachers

There are a variety of ways teachers and students can participate in our events:

  • Your school group’s artwork can be featured in Lawndale’s Mezzanine and Cavnar galleries during the months of October and November.  Please contact Emily Link for more details by calling 713.528.5858 or through email. You can also download this year’s Letter and Education Packet for more information.
  • Introduce your students to the Día de los Muertos tradition by scheduling a tour with the Lawndale staff.
  • Visit our newly updated Day of the Dead Teacher’s Resource Page, originally assembled by Carrie Green Markello and updated by Christopher Hyunh. This page serves as an excellent resource for students and teachers interested in learning about the history and traditions of this unique holiday.
  • Bring personal items for Lawndale’s community ofrenda.

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