Exhibition Proposals

Lawndale Art Center is an alternative art space founded in 1979. For over 36 years, Lawndale has dedicated itself to the support of contemporary art with a particular focus on the work of Houston and Texas-based artists. Lawndale actively seeks Exhibition Proposals from artists and curators locally, regionally and nationally.

Lawndale accepts Exhibition Proposals on an on-going basis. All Exhibition Proposals are reviewed twice annually by Lawndale’s Programming Committee, a diverse group of regional artists and arts professionals. Each Programming Committee Member serves on the PC for three years and is exempt from consideration for exhibitions at Lawndale during their tenure.

Upcoming Exhibition Proposal Deadline: March 31, 2016 (Midnight - Central Time). Exhibition Proposals received by this deadline will be considered for the August 2016 to May 2017 exhibition calendar.

Review Process & Criteria

Lawndale encourages Exhibition Proposals from Artists and Curators that include, but are not limited to, the visual and performing arts in all media. Exhibition proposals for spaces outside of Lawndale’s traditional galleries, Sculpture Garden and Mural Project will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Lawndale offers an honorarium of $750 - $1,500 for each exhibition in order to assist with costs related to materials, travel, packing and/or shipping of artwork. Installation and de-installation is the responsibility of the artist or curator. Assistance will be arranged, if necessary.

Submission Guidelines

Exhibition Proposals are accepted online through Submittable.com. Visit lawndaleartcenter.submittable.com/submit to create a free account. You only need complete this step once and will be able to monitor the status of your submission from this account.

Exhibition Proposals must include the following:

  • A maximum of 10 images and captions (title, year, medium, dimensions) representative of the Exhibition Proposal in JPG format. Videos must be no longer than 5 minutes.

  • Resume/CV saved as PDF or Word Document. Resume/CVs for Group Exhibitions should be saved in one document.

  • Exhibition Proposal including proposed participants, title, project description (up to 500 words), special installation or equipment needs and selected gallery space.

All files must be complete and compatible with Submittable.com. Files that cannot be opened will not be reviewed by the Programming Committee.

The selection process may take up to 12 weeks. You will be notified of your Exhibition Proposal Status by email when the selection process has been finalized.

Exhibition Spaces

John M. O'Quinn Gallery
Approximately 2100sq. ft. Floor Space, 153 linear ft. of hangable wall space, 16 ft. walls (trim to trim)
Honorarium: $1,500
O'Quinn O'Quinn O'Quinn
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Cecily E. Horton Gallery
Approximately1100 sq. ft. floor space, 85 linear ft. of hangable wall Space, 8'6" ceiling
Honorarium: $1,000
Mezzanine Mezzanine Mezzanine
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Grace R. Cavnar Gallery
Approximately 650 sq. ft. floor space, 90 linear ft. of hangable wall space, 8'6" Ceiling 
Honorarium: $750
Cavnar Cavnar Cavnar
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The Project Space
Approximately 525 sq. ft. floor space, 70 linear ft. of hangable wall space, 10'11" ceiling
Honorarium: $750
Project Space Project Space Project Space
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Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden
Approximately 3,200 sq. ft. outdoor sculpture garden
Honorarium: $1,000

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North exterior wall
Approximately 3,200 sq. ft. exterior wall
Honorarium: $1,500 (in addition to equipment and materials)

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Saturday 12–5 PM
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Coming Up

Opening Reception for September 9 - October 22, 2016 Exhibtions
Friday, September 9, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Artist talks at 6 PM

Artist Talk led by Rino Pizzi with artists from the exhibition ArtFiction: Ten Fictional Modernists from Texas
Saturday, September 10, 2016
2 PM

ART21 Season 8 Screening - Chicago
Thursday, September 22, 2016
6:30 PM

Houston MA+DS Home Tour
Saturday, September 24, 2016
11 AM - 5 PM
Tickets: $35 ($30 online with promo code ‘LAWNDALE’)

Screening of The Way Things Go - A Film by Peter Fischli & David Weiss followed by a conversation with Trey Duvall
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
7 PM


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