Lawndale accepts Artist Exhibition Proposals twice annually.
NEXT DEADLINE: March 15, 2016 (Midnight - Central Standard Time)

Lawndale Art Center is a non-profit alternative space actively seeking proposals from artists for exhibitions and performances. Lawndale was founded in 1979 as a student/artist exhibition center. It was established to support local and regional visual and performing artists. Formerly located in an old East End cable manufacturing warehouse owned by the University of Houston, Lawndale is now centrally located at 4912 Main Street in the Museum District. Its continuing mission is to present work by both emerging and established Houston artists, as well as regional artists.

Review Process

All proposals for exhibitions submitted by March 15, 2016, will be reviewed by the Programming Committee for exhibitions to be scheduled between August 2016 and May 2017.Proposals for the 2017 mural will also be considered for this deadline. All proposals materials must be submitted by midnight (Central Standard Time), March 15, 2016. Proposals are reviewed twice annually (September 15 and March 15 deadlines).

The Lawndale Programming Committee serves as the curatorial voice for Lawndale. The committee consists of a diverse group of regional artists and arts professionals. Members serve on the committee for three years and are exempt from consideration for exhibitions at Lawndale during their tenure.

Lawndale encourages exhibition proposals from artists and curators whose work is site-specific, traditional, non-traditional, experimental or collaborative. Proposals accepted will include, but are not limited to, visual and performance art, video and installation. Artists and curators are also invited to submit proposals for other spaces in or around the building, outside of our galleries.

Lawndale Art Center offers a modest honorarium of $300 for each gallery to help cover such expenses as materials, travel, and packing and/or shipping of artworks. Installation and deinstallation is the responsibility of the artist or curator. Assistance can be arranged if needed.

Review Criteria

Lawndale's Programming Committee will consider proposals that are:

  1. Original, Innovative and Contemporary
  2. Non-Commercial
  3. Difficult to show elsewhere
  4. Feasible based on project description and demonstrated ability
  5. More than one artist's work and that are thematically coherent
  6. Submitted by one artist or collaborative team and are site specific
  7. Work that has not been previously shown in Houston
  8. Work by artists living in Houston or the region
    (Lawndale's mission focuses on presenting the work of local and regional artists, but the Programming Committee does occasionally include exhibitions by artists outside of the region.)

NOTE: No member of the Board of Directors of Lawndale Art Center may propose an exhibition of their work to be displayed at Lawndale until one year after their last day of service on the board.

Proposal Guidelines

All proposals are reviewed online by the Programming Committee. Please provide all of the information below via Do NOT submit paper copies, CDs or email your materials as they will not be reviewed.

All proposals must include the following information:

  1. Work Examples
    VISUAL ARTISTS — NO MORE THAN 15 digital images of work. Image files must be in .JPG format.

    VIDEO AND PERFORMANCE ARTISTS — For video, include a YouTube or Vimeo link to no more than 5 minutes of video.

    Please provide a corresponding list of images including title, year, medium and dimensions for each piece.

  2. Resume(s)/CV saved as a text file (.txt), PDF or Microsoft Word document (.doc, .docx). For group exhibitions, please save all resumes to one document.

  3. Proposal - ONE page/500 words including the following information:
    Names of artists involved
    Title, Concept and description of exhibition
    Special needs/equipment needs (if any)
    Specify space or gallery

PLEASE check to make sure all files are complete and will open in their respective software. Please adhere to all format/file type requirements. Files that cannot be opened will not be reviewed by the Programming Committee.

NOTE: The selection process may take 6 – 12 weeks for completion. You will be notified of your proposal status by email as soon as the selection process is finalized.


Exhibitions proposals for Lawndale Art Center are accepted online through

Please visit to create a free account. This will allow you to return and monitor the status of your submissions. You only need to do this step the first time you submit.

We strongly encourage you to apply early. If you are having trouble using the online application system, please don’t hesitate to call us at 713-528-5858 during office hours (Monday - Friday, 10AM - 5PM) or email with questions.

The Galleries

Our building at 4912 Main offers four exhibition spaces and an outdoor sculpture garden. Diagrams and images are available by clicking on the links below. Proposals for alternative spaces throughout the building are considered on a case by case basis by the Programming Committee.

John M. O'Quinn Gallery
Approximately 2100sq. ft. Floor Space, 153 linear ft. of hangable wall space, 16 ft. walls (trim to trim)
O'Quinn O'Quinn O'Quinn
Click here for full floor plan 

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery
Approximately 650 sq. ft. floor space, 90 linear ft. of hangable wall space, 8'6" Ceiling 
Cavnar Cavnar Cavnar
Click here for full floor plan 

Cecily E. Horton Gallery
Approximately1100 sq. ft. floor space, 85 linear ft. of hangable wall Space, 8'6" ceiling
Mezzanine Mezzanine Mezzanine
Click here for full floor plan

The Project Space
Approximately 525 sq. ft. floor space, 70 linear ft. of hangable wall space, 10'11" ceiling
Project Space Project Space Project Space
Click here for full floor plan 

Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden
Approximately 3,200 sq. ft. outdoor sculpture garden

Click here for full floor plan 

North exterior wall
Approximately 3,200 sq. ft. exterior wall

Click here for elevation 



4912 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002

T  713.528.5858
F  713.528.4140

Monday–Friday 10 AM–5 PM
Saturday 12–5 PM
Closed Sunday

Free Exhibition Admission

Contact Us


Support Lawndale Today!

Become a Member


Recent News

2016 Mural Update


Coming Up

Thursday, February 25, 2016
6 – 8 PM

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


Member of Greater Houston CVB


Lawndale Art Center

Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art.

    Join our mailing list!