Application Deadline: May 31, 2014 (Midnight - Central Standard Time)

Lawndale is pleased to announce the ninth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program. The program is part of Lawndale's ongoing commitment to support the creation of contemporary art by Gulf Coast area artists. With an emphasis on emerging practices, the program provides three artists with non-residential studio space on the third floor of the Lawndale Art Center at 4912 Main Street in the heart of Houston's Museum District.

Artists have full access to their studios 24 hours a day, seven days a week; access to visiting artists, writers and curators; and receive a $500 monthly stipend for the duration of the program together with an initial $1500 materials allowance. Participating artists are expected to spend a minimum of 16 hours a week in the studio. Each artist will also be expected to present a workshop to the general public and the local arts community to share their practice or explore a related topic.

At the completion of the residency, the works produced during the 2014-2015 program will be exhibited at Lawndale Art Center in May 2015. Lawndale will work with resident artists to create additional exhibition opportunities during their residency.


The term of the studio residency program will be nine months beginning September 1, 2014 and ending May 31, 2015. Residents are expected to work a minimum of 16 hours each week in their studios.


Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 18 years or older and not enrolled in any degree program. The residency is open to all artists, with an emphasis on artists from the Gulf Coast region. Lawndale welcomes applications from artists in all stages of their careers. Former residents, Lawndale staff, current members of the Lawndale Board of Directors and those who have served in the past year, as well as artists currently scheduled to exhibit at Lawndale are not eligible to apply.


A non-refundable application fee of $20 for current Lawndale members/ $25 for non-members can be paid through the online application at submittable.com.

Not sure if you are a current Lawndale member? Click here to view a list of our current members.


All application materials are due by May 31, 2014 (Midnight - Central Standard Time). Please note applications will only be accepted online through submittable.com.


Successful applicants will be notified no later than July 15, 2014.


The three residents will be selected by a three-person panel of arts professionals. The selection will be based on the quality of submitted work samples, statement of intent and references.


Click here to apply for the 2014-2015 Lawndale Artist Studio Program.


Please visit https://lawndaleartcenter.submittable.com/submit to create an 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.

Each studio program application contains the following:

1. One page (maximum 500 words) statement of intent to include:
   A. Description of how the residency will benefit you and your work
   B. Description of prospective public skills workshop or presentation

2. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

3. Image List (if applicable) indicating title of work, year completed, medium and dimensions.

4. 10 DIGITAL IMAGES - Image files must be in .JPG format. For video, include a YouTube or Vimeo link to no more than 5 minutes of video.

5. Name and contact information of 2 professional references.



All materials and $20 (for current Lawndale members)/ $25 (for non-members) application fee should be submitted via the online application no later than May 31, 2014 (Midnight - Central Standard Time).

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 dnance@lawndaleartcenter.org with questions.

2014-2015 JURORS

Kimberly Davenport
Director and Chief Curator, Rice Gallery

Kimberly Davenport has been director of Rice University Art Gallery since 1994. She developed the vision and artistic direction for Rice Gallery as an experimental space for site-specific installation art. Since 1994, artists, architects, and designers have created more than 60 installations, generating coverage in online and print publications including Art in America, Metropolis, The New York Times, and TIME magazine. In 2012 Kimberly curated Contemporary Asian Art: Texas Connections, an inaugural exhibition for Asia Society Texas Center ‘s new building by Yoshio Taniguchi. In 2013 she was awarded a Citation of Honor from The American Associate of Architects Houston Chapter and in 2014, The Apple Valley Foundation 2013 Curatorial Excellence Award of $10,000. Kimberly serves on the board of directors of the Houston Museum District Association as a National Peer of the US General Service Administration’s Design Excellence Program. She holds degrees from Yale University and Maryland Institute College of Art.

David Politzer
Artist, 2011-2012 Lawndale Studio Artist

David Politzer was born in Washington DC and holds an MFA from Syracuse University.  David is the recipient of the 2011 HCP Carol Crow Fellowship Award. He has had solo shows at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), Roswell Museum and Art Center (Roswell, NM) and Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX).  Group show and screening venues include the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New Mexico Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, the Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN),NURTUREart (Brooklyn, NY), Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), the Syracuse International Film Festival, video_dumbo (Brooklyn and New York, NY) and Gallery Korea (New York, NY).  He was an artist in residence at Djerassi, Lawndale Art Center, Yaddo, the Skowhegan School, Roswell Artist in Residence, and the Kala Art Institute.

Politzer is interested in the success and failure of our shared attempts to faithfully represent nature.  Using video, collage and photography he struggles to understand the unquenchable human compulsion to recreate nature (for better or worse), while trying to manage and reconcile his own desires to do so. 

Katia Zavistovski
Lawndale Programming Committee Member

Katia Zavistovski was born in New York, and lives and works in Houston, TX. She is currently a PhD candidate in art history at Rice University. She worked as the William A. Camfield Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2012-2013, and as the Rice Curatorial Fellow at the Menil Collection from 2011-2012. In 2012, Zavistovski curated the exhibition Staring at the Wall: The Art of Boredom for the Lawndale Art Center, and she co-curated Raid the Archive: The de Menil Years at Rice, which was on view at the Rice Media Center. Prior to moving to more tropical climates, she attended the Williams College Graduate Program in Art History, where she received her MA with a focus on modern and contemporary art. During her time at Williams, Zavistovski was the Clark Curatorial Fellow at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), where she organized the exhibitionInVisible: Art at the Edge of Perception (2010).

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