Lawndale offers artists opportunities throughout the year through exhibitions, the Lawndale Artist Studio Program, and annual events. Sign up for our Artist Opportunities Emailing List to find out about these opportunities as they are announced. Gallery floorplans are listed below for your reference.

The Big Show 2020

The Big Show is an ambitious open call juried exhibition of new work by artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale. Click here to learn more and apply for The Big Show 2020. Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 15, 2020 until 11:59 PM (Central Standard Time).

Open Call for Exhibition Proposals

Proposals for the Exhibition Program are accepted on a rolling basis.

Lawndale is pleased to announce an open call for submissions from artists and curators locally, regionally, and nationally for our traditional galleries, Sculpture Garden, and other non-traditional sites including the elevator, stairwells, windows, and other forms of intervention.

Exhibitions selected through this open call will be programmed by invitation through 2021 and beyond.

Review Process & Criteria

Lawndale encourages proposals from artists and curators that include, but are not limited to, the visual and performing arts in all media. All proposals are reviewed by Lawndale’s Advisory Board and proposals are selected based on quality, originality, and the overall composition of the exhibition calendar.

Please note that artists who are accepted into the Lawndale Artist Studio Program are not eligible for the 2020-2021 exhibition season and vice versa. Artists who have exhibited with Lawndale within the past 2 years are not eligible.

Exhibition Honorarium

Lawndale offers an honorarium of $1,000 to $1,500 for each exhibition in order to assist with costs related to materials, travel, packing and/or shipping of artwork. Additional Lawndale-approved support is available for materials, exhibition design, public programs, writer honorarium, and poster/book design and printing.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals are accepted through All files must be complete and compatible with Submittable and include the following information:

–  Artist or Curator Statement (250 words max)
– List of 2 references
–  Project Description, including proposed gallery and installation requirements (500 words max)
–  Why is Lawndale the right venue for this project (250 words max)
–  What impact do you believe this project will have on your career at this time (250 words max)
–  Curriculum Vitae (CV) saved as PDF or Word Document
–  A maximum of 10 images and captions (title, year, medium, dimensions) representative of the proposal in JPG format. Videos must be no longer than 5 minutes, must include proper caption information, and be in the .MOV format.

Please email [email protected] with questions as they relate to the submission process.

Lawndale Artist Studio Program Application

Applications for the Artist Studio Program will be accepted on a rolling basis.

For over thirteen years, the Lawndale Artist Studio Program (ASP) has provided artists with a monthly stipend and 24-hour access to a private studio. For upcoming rounds, this support will be enhanced with an increased focus on the development of new work and building towards an ongoing and sustainable practice. We are seeking ASP participants who will engage Lawndale as their hub not only as a place for experimenting, making, and showing work but also as a site for critical engagement and questions. Lawndale is looking for Texas/Gulf Coast-based artists of diverse backgrounds and experiences, working in any media, whose practice would benefit from the support we can offer.

Program Description

Lawndale Artist Studio Program awards artists with dynamic support to evolve their creative practice and make new work for an exhibition in the spring. The nine-month program runs from September 1 to June 30 of the following. During this time, participants engage Lawndale as their hub, receive a $3,000 honorarium, up to $5,000 direct support for project development, and 24-hour access to a private studio (approx. 250 square feet). Other benefits include studio visits, professional development workshops, exchanges with peer institutions, and an essay commissioned for an annual ASP publication. Participants work closely with the Assistant Director and Lawndale staff to develop programming in concert with their own practice, and participate in group discussions and open studios. With this support, ASP participants produce new work to debut in a public exhibition at Lawndale in the spring.


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. Applicants who are accepted to exhibit at Lawndale though the 2020-2021 Exhibitions open call are not eligible for the Artist Studio Program.

Application Deadline & Fees

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted online through The application fee is $25 for current Lawndale members/$30 for non-members.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts professionals. The selection will be based on the quality of work and potential for growth.

John M. O'Quinn Gallery

Cecily E. Horton Gallery

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Project Space Gallery

Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden

North Exterior Wall