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. The Library allows $350 Studio Circle and $100 Household Level Lawndale Members the opportunity to borrow and purchase the artwork of regional artists for select periods throughout the year, culminating in a silent auction where artwork from the collection can be bid for purchase.

Join the Library through Lawndale Membership!

Should you have any questions or if interested in viewing the collection, please reach out to Emily Fens at [email protected] or 713-528-5858.

2021 Library Artists

Lawndale Lending Library preview in Grace R. Cavnar Gallery. Image by Nash Baker.

The Lawndale Lending Library’s 2021 Collection includes works by Agnès Bourely, Rebecca Braziel, Lina Dib, Luisa Duarte, Hedwige Jacobs, Lorena Morales, Samantha Persons, Holly Veselka, and Rachel Wolfson Smith. Additional artwork by The Big Show 2021 artists is forthcoming.

Preview past collections below!

2020 Collection

2018/19 Collection

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. Additional updates on the 2021 Collection are forthcoming.

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 [email protected]

Q: Can I reserve an artwork ahead of time?
A: Reservations can be made by contacting Emily Fens at [email protected]

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. Please contact Emily Fens at [email protected] for additional information.

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.