About

Launched in December 2018, the Lawndale Lending Library is an arts lending library that builds relationships between art lovers and contemporary artists in support of contemporary artists. Now in its sophomore year, the Library allows Studio Circle and Household Level Lawndale Members the opportunity to borrow and purchase the artwork of regional artists for select periods throughout the year.

Join the Library through Lawndale Membership!

Should you have any questions, we welcome you to reach out to Emily Fens at efens@lawndaleartcenter.org or 713-528-5858.

Frequently Asked Questions

About
Q: What is the Lawndale Lending Library?
A: The Lawndale Lending Library is an art lending library at Lawndale created in collaboration with Nick Barbee, artist and founder of Galveston’s Art Lending Library. Through this art lending library system, Studio Circle and Household Level Members may borrow select works for a set period of time. 

Membership
Q: How do I join the Lawndale Lending Library?
A: Everyone is welcome to joing the Lawndale Lending Library! To do so, sign up for either a Studio Circle or Household Level Lawndale Membership here.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: To borrow from the Lending Library, you must be a $350 Studio Circle or $100 Household Level Member. Purchase pricing for the Library collection is forthcoming.

Borrowing Artwork
Q: What is being lent?
A:  The 2020 Library Collection features artwork by select artists practicing throughout the Houston region. Click here to view the 2020 Collection.

Q: How is the work lent? Brought back?
A: Studio Circle and Household Level Members can arrange an appointment to borrow, return, or purchase a work by contacting Emily Fens at efens@lawndaleartcenter.org

Q: Can I reserve an artwork ahead of time?
A: Reservations can be made by contacting Emily Fens at efens@lawndaleartcenter.org

Q: Can I check out multiple works at a time?
A: During a given lending period, the Library is currently able to accommodate one artwork lending per Studio Circle or Household Level Membership purchased. If you would like to check out multiple works at a time, you may buy multiple memberships.

Purchasing Artwork
Q: Can I purchase a work?
A: Yes, Library artworks are available for purchase. Information regarding pricing is forthcoming.

Q: What do the silent auction proceeds go to?
A: Silent auction proceeds are split 50/50 between the artist and Lawndale or 100% to Lawndale, as decided by the artist.