Lawndale’s events celebrate the artists in our community and their profound contributions to society through their work. Proceeds from these fundraising events provide essential support for all that we do at Lawndale, from the creation of new work in our exhibition and Artist Studio programs to our artist-driven public programming.


Friday, June 18, 2021 - The Big Show Preview Party

The Big Show 2021 Preview Party
Friday, June 18, 2021, from 6 – 8 PM

Join this year’s participating artists for a celebration of The Big Show and the launch of the Lawndale Lending Library. The Big Show is an ambitious annual exhibition of new work by artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale.

All funds raised support Lawndale’s artistic programming and general operations.

Tickets for The Big Show can be purchased in advance below. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on June 18. Visit our Lawndale Lending Library page for more information on Lawndale Lending Library Memberships!

Learn more here.


Thursday, May 6, 2021 - partie de la tête

partie de la tête
A Benefit for Exhibitions and Artist Studio Program
Thursday, May 6, 2021, from 6:30 – 10 PM

Adorn your head and hair
With theatrical flair
Hats will do fine
A mask is divine
Or else make your hair and makeup sublime

Proceeds support Lawndale and participating artists.

Learn more here.

This evening features:
Studio Visits with Jacquelyne Boe and David Janesko, Gerardo Rosales, and Holly Veselka
Silent Auction
Live Performance of Chirality III
Dinner by A Fare Extraordinaire
Entertainment by Dart Collective

Silent Auction Artists: Regina Agu, Michael Bise, Antonius-Tín Bui, Jamal Cyrus, Francesca Fuchs, Joe Havel, Robert Hodge, Tierney Malone, Marcelyn McNeil, Emily Peacock, Jennifer May Reiland, Gerardo Rosales, Holly Veselka

Tickets: $500 General

$5,000 (10 Dinner Tickets)
$2,500 (5 Dinner Tickets)
$1,000 (2 Dinner Tickets)

Event Donors:
Sharon and Gus Kopriva
H. Russell Pitman


Sunday, December 13, 2020 - Sunday Brunch with Lawndale featuring the 2020 Lawndale Lending Library Silent Auction

Sunday Brunch with Lawndale
featuring the 2020 Lawndale Lending Library Silent Auction
Sunday, December 13, 2020 from
11 AM – 1 PM
Lawndale // 4912 Main Street
Purchase tickets and learn more about this event here.

Support Lawndale’s vibrant exhibitions and programs while feasting on art and picnic brunch provided by Kenny & Ziggy’s in Lawndale’s Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden.

This iteration of Sunday Brunch with Lawndale will feature the silent auction of our 2020 Lawndale Lending Library Collection. Bidding will go live on Monday, December 7; further details are forthcoming. In the meantime, we welcome you to browse the auction catalog here.

Learn more here.

Click here to learn about and join the Lawndale Lending Library.
Click here for photos from Lawndale’s inaugural Sunday Brunch.

Image: Bradley Kerl, Centennial Gardens, available to Lawndale Studio Circle and Household Level Members to borrow and purchase.


Sunday, November 10, 2019 - Sunday Brunch with Lawndale

Sunday, November 10, 2019 , 11 AM – 1 PM
Lawndale // 4912 Main Street

Tickets: $100 // $75 (Lawndale Members)
Artworks: $500 (per work)

Support Lawndale’s vibrant exhibitions and programs while feasting on art, mimosas, and brunch in Lawndale’s newly-renovated Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden. During this event, twenty-five 8 x 10″ artworks created and donated by artists in the Lawndale community will be exhibited anonymously and purchased for $500 each on a first-come, first-serve basis, with proceeds benefiting Lawndale’s artistic programming.

Click here for photos from Lawndale’s inaugural Sunday Brunch!

Brunch generously provided by Eloise Nichols

Artist ground provided by Ampersand Art Supply

Participating Artists:
Sterling Allen
Nick Barbee
Josh Bernstein
Charlotte Cosgrove
Lily Cox-Richard
Margaux Crump
Trey Duvall
Ryan Hawk
Loc Huynh
Saúl Hernández-Vargas
David Janesko
Lovie Olivia
Virginia Lee Montgomery
Leo Lina
Michael Menchaca
Jonathan Molina-Garcia
Suzette Mouchaty
Preetika Rajgariah
Jennifer Reiland
Gerardo Rosales
Carlos Rosales-Silva
Eric Santoscoy-Mckillip
Holly Veselka


Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - B.B. Lemon Benefit

More than 100 Houstonians came out to the soft opening of B.B. Lemon’s newest location in Montrose benefiting the Lawndale. Attendees were given the opportunity to support the contemporary art center through a minimum of a $50 gift or the purchase of a membership, which ranged from $50-$350. With each donation, guests received a special B.B. Lemon-branded coup glass with the choice of two specialty cocktails by Beverage Director Monique Cioffi-Hernandez. Guests snacked on passed hors d’oeuvres – all miniature versions of the regular B.B. Lemon menu items by Executive Chef Emily Trusler including bite-sized burgers, grilled cheese & tomato soup, bacon parmesan, cups of chili, blue crab beignets, lemon chicken wraps, mini lobster rolls and pigs in a blanket. And for the late-night crowd, pulled pork sliders, TX wagyu hot dogs, mini root beer floats and brownie a la mode bites were passed as well. Guests mingled and danced to tunes by Flashdrive, which included three string players accompanied by a DJ, before bidding in a live auction to win a Lawndale evening garden party for up to 75 guests along with a private showing of its current exhibitions with bites and libations provided by B.B. Lemon. The evening raised more than $10,000 for Lawndale, which will help fund its mission to support all artistic and cultural communities of Houston through a diverse range of exhibitions and programs, including lectures, symposia, film screenings, readings and musical performances.

Press Links here:

Houston Press

Paper City



Friday, March 22, 2019 - A Kitschy Evening

A Kitschy Evening
Lawndale /// 4912 Main Street
Friday, March 22, 2019
6:30 – 10 PM
Kitschy-Chic Attire  

Co-chairs: Mandy & Will Hixon and Candace & Brian Thomas

Spirits & Eats by B.B. Lemon
Music by Matt Johns AKA Ramalama
Tickets: $200 / $150 Lawndale Members

A Kitschy Evening will bring together artists and guests for interactive activities and festive fare and cocktails, all in the name of kitsch! The evening will feature kitsch-themed collaborations with artists of the region and raise funds to support Lawndale’s commitment to providing a contemporary art space that is free and open to the public.

For more information on how you can support A Kitschy Evening, purchase tickets, or become an underwriter, please visit our event page.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 - Sunday Brunch with Lawndale

Sunday, January 27, 2019
11 AM – 1 PM
Lawndale // 4912 Main Street

Tickets: $100 // $75 (Lawndale Members)
Artworks: $300 (per work)



Support Lawndale’s vibrant exhibitions and programs while feasting on Bloody Marys, mimosas, and art! At this new fundraiser, nineteen 8 x 10″ artworks created and donated by artists in the Lawndale community were exhibited anonymously and purchased for $300 each, with proceeds benefiting Lawndale’s artistic programming.

Click here for more photos from Sunday Brunch!

Participating Artists:
Regina Agu
Will Bentsen
Krista Birnbaum
Antonius Bui
Jamal Cyrus
Joe Havel
Robert Hodge
Terrell James
Matt Kleberg
Julia Barbosa Landois
Layla Luna
Kia Neill
Floyd Newsum
Kelly O’Connor
Aaron Parazette
David Politzer
Rob Reasoner
Rajab Ali Sayed
Heidi Spector

Brunch was generously provided by Eloise Nichols.
Artist ground provided by Ampersand Art Supply.


Thursday, April 12, 2018 - Welcome to the Vortex

Thank you for entering the vortex with Lawndale!

Welcome to the Vortex took its inspiration from Yayoi Kusama and David Bowie, James Turrell and Anish Kapoor, whose work crosses several genres and plays with scale, light, and color to disrupt our sense of normalcy. The event featured newly commissioned works by artists in the Lawndale community.

View photos from the event here!

Thank you to our Honoree: MaryRoss Taylor

Illa & WIll Gaunt
Eleanor Williams

Thank you to our Host Committee, Artistic Collaborators, Supporters, Sponsors, and Volunteers for making Welcome to the Vortex an event to remember!

Host Committee
Diandra Anwar & Rick Rauser
Lindley & Jason Arnoldy
Katie Barnhart
Laura Bodenheimer
Lizzie & Mac Broderick
Catherine Delano
Kate & Holbrook Dorn
Sydney & Robert Eifler
Courtnay & Mark Elias
Elaine & Gid Hixon
Mandy & Will Hixon
Cecily Horton
Garrett Hunter & Jamie Loera
Alice Johnson & Nick Adair
Isla & Joseph Jornayvaz
Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Ashlee & Benton Love
Roni McMurtrey
Caroline Negley
Capera & Igor Norinsky
Brittany & Joe O’Brien
Brooke & Billy O’Neil
Natalie & Jamey Steen
Melissa & Oliver Tuckerman
Ian Wells
Clint Willour

Artist Collaborators
Regina Agu
Keliy Anderson-Staley
Shannon Crider
Lina Dib
David Dove
Emily Fens
Rachel Hecker
Melinda Laszczynski
Peter Lucas & Camilo Gonzalez
Cobra McVey
Angel Oloshove
Emily Peacock

Yayoi Kusama
The Omena Fund

David Bowie
Scott Sparvero
MaryRoss Taylor

James Turrell
Lizzie & Mac Broderick
Illa & Will Gaunt
JoAnne & David Graham
Scurlock Foundation/
Mary Catherine & Bailey Jones
Justin Segal

Anish Kapoor
Bank of River Oaks
Leslie & Brad Bucher
Jereann Chaney
Lynn Goode & Harrison Williams
Jeryn & Walter Mayer
Meghan Miller & Jeff Marin
H. Russell Pitman
Eleanor Williams

Citadelle Gin
Delicato Wines
Imagery Estates Wine
Maison Ferrand
Pierre Ferrand Cognac
Plantation Rum
Q Beverages
Relax Bubbles
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Trinchero Family Wines

$100 (NON-MEMBER) /// $75 (MEMBER)


Thursday, April 27, 2017 - An Exquisite Evening

Thank you for creating An Exquisite Evening with Lawndale Art Center!

Stephen Goldberg and Tim Kollatschny & Jeryn and Walter Mayer invite you to reimagine the classic gala in honor of Gracie Cavnar. Join artists for contemporary twists on Surrealist games during an evening of revelry, chance, and collaboration to benefit Lawndale artistic programming.

View all photos from the event here.

Thank you to our Honoree: Gracie Cavnar

Tim Kollatschny & Stephen Goldberg
Jeryn & Walter Mayer

Thank you to our Host Committee, Artistic Collaborators, Supporters, Sponsors, and Volunteers for making An Exquisite Evening an event to remember!

Stephen Goldberg & Tim Kollatschny, co-chairs
Jeryn & Walter Mayer, co-chairs

Michelle Adams
Lindley & Jason Arnoldy
Lizzie & Mac Broderick
Bettie Cartwright
Jereann Chaney
Barbara & Jonathan Day
Anita & David Garten
Illa & William Gaunt
Cullen Geiselman
Mary Catherine & Bailey Jones
Michael Mandola
Judy & Scott Nyquist
Cali & Peter Pettigrew
Nicole & Joey Romano
Jessica & Blake Seff
Justin Segal
Candace & Brian Thomas
Eleanor Williams

Dawn Black
Natasha Bowdoin
Lily Cox-Richard
Maurice Duhon
Melinda Laszczynski
Randi Long
Sharad Patel
David Politzer
James Surls
Sarah Welch

Cadavre Exquis
Gracie & Bob Cavnar
Justin Segal

Scott Sparvero

Bettie Cartwright, Sally Vernon & Steve Magee
Anita & David Garten
Stephen Goldberg & Tim Kollatschny
Jeryn & Walter Mayer
Corliss & Gene Nettles/Porter Hedges LLP

Michelle Adams
Lizzie & Mac Broderick
Leslie & Brad Bucher
Jereann Chaney
Barbara & Jonathan Day
Cullen Geiselman
Cecily Horton
Mary Catherine & Bailey Jones
Meghan Miller
Sara & Bill Morgan
Judy & Scott Nyquist
Veronica & Doug Overman
H. Russell Pittman
Nicole & Joey Romano
Don A. Sanders
The Scurlock Foundation
Jessica & Blake Seff
Candace & Brian Thomas
Eleanor Williams

The Thompson & Knight Foundation
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
The Wine Group