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Lawndale Artist Studio Program

Program Description
The Lawndale Artist Studio Program (ASP) awards artists with dynamic support to develop their creative practice and make new work for an exhibition in the spring.

The Artist Studio Program awards artists with dynamic support to develop their creative practice. The nine-month program runs from September 1 to May 31. Participants engage Lawndale as their hub, receive a $3,000 honorarium, up to $4,000 support for project development, and 24-hour access to a private studio. Other benefits include studio visits and professional development workshops. With this support, ASP participants develop new work to debut in a public exhibition at Lawndale in the spring and is accompanied by a publication.

Lawndale seeks applications from Texas or Gulf Coast-based artists who are working to develop a sustainable creative practice. Artists of diverse backgrounds and experiences, working in any media, whose practice would benefit from the support offered by ASP, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 18 years or older and not enrolled in any degree program. Former ASP participants are not eligible.

Application Deadline & Fees
Applications are due on Monday, April 30, 2018, at 11:59 PM (Central Standard Time). Application fees are $25.00 for Lawndale Members and $30.00 for non-members. All applications and payments must be submitted online through the submittable website.

2017-2018 Artist Studio Program Participants

Regina Agu is an artist and writer based in Houston, TX. Her recent work focuses on the complex relationships between the landscape and communities of color. Her work has been included in exhibitions, public readings, and performances nationally, including recent showings at The Drawing Center, New York; DiverseWorks, Houston; The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in DC; Project Row Houses; and The Station Museum, Houston. She is currently a CASE-PRH fellow at the University of Houston and a Lawndale Artist Studio Program resident. Agu is a 2017 Artadia Houston awardee and was a recent participant in Open Sessions at The Drawing Center. Agu was the co-director of Alabama Song, a collaboratively-run art space in Third Ward, Houston, which received a SEED grant from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Agu is the founder of the Houston-based WOC Reading Group, and her other collaborative projects include Friends of Angela Davis Park and the Houston-based independent small press paratext.

Shannon Crider (born 1985, New York, NY) resides in Houston, Texas, after receiving her MFA in Printmedia from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016). She has exhibited throughout the United States, including the 2013 Texas Biennial, Artists Looking at Art at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, and Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Through re-photographing and re-staging stills from television, Crider's work investigates the impact of contemporary representations of women in our televisual culture. Her two-and three-dimensional works employ collage, sewing, and print to construct new spaces that reflect the psychogenic space of female subjectivity in popular culture. Crider received her BFA from Oklahoma City University (2008).

Bria Lauren and Morganne Nikole, known collectively as thehtxpeopleproject, are a queer-people-of-color creative pair based in Houston, Texas. Together, the two adapt the heartbeat of film, photography, and storytelling to isolate oppression and offer a re-articulated language on freedom and equality. Since the project's inception in 2015, the collective has released two documentary films titled NAKED (2016) and c r e a t i n g s p a c e (2017). Each body of work proactively aims to challenge societal standards and conformist ideas through raw and uncensored visual storytelling. The project has noted creative collaboration credits with Diverse Works, Project Row Houses, Folklore Films, BLMHTX, Outsmart Magazine, Forward Times Newspaper and AFROPUNK.

The 2017-2018 Artist Studio Program participants were selected by a panel of three art professionals; Alhena Katsof, New York-based independent curator; Dean Daderko, curator at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; and Lily Cox-Richard, Artist Studio Program Director.

2018–2019 Application

Applications for the 2018-2019 Lawndale Artist Studio Program will be available in January 2018. Please joing our mailing list for information on this and other artist opportunities.



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