The Lawndale Lending Library is Lawndale’s newest initiative which allows art lovers to borrow select artwork from The Big Show 2018 during three lending periods (approximately 10 weeks each) the year following the show’s run.

The Lawndale Lending Library is an art lending library created in collaboration with artist Nick Barbee, creator of The Art Lending Library in Galveston. The Lawndale Lending Library is a platform to build relationships between art lovers and artists, emerging and established, in the Houston region. For its inaugural year, the library will exclusively include artists selected for The Big Show 2018.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please reach out to Emily Fens at [email protected] or call us at 713-528-5858.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Lawndale Lending Library?
A: The Lawndale Lending Library (LLL) 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, LLL members may borrow select works for a set period of time.

How do I join the Lawndale Lending Library?
Everyone is welcome to become a member of the Lawndale Lending Library! Simple visit our website, call us at 713-528-5858, or visit the front desk to sign up.

Q: How much does it cost?
Each Lawndale Lending Library Membership is $100 for Lawndale Members, $125 for non-Lawndale Members.

Borrowing Artwork
What is being lent?
A: For its inaugural year, the LLL collection will include artwork in The Big Show 2018 and other works by The Big Show 2018 artists.

Q: How is the work lent? Brought back?
For the library’s inaugural year, works are lent for three 3-month periods. They cannot be reserved ahead of time or repeated.

Step 1: Attend a lending event. Here, you can choose the work you will borrow for the next three months. Works are available on a first come, first served basis. These are the lending event dates for each cycle:

  • Cycle 1 Lending Event: Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 1 – 3 PM
  • Cycle 2 Lending Event: Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 1 – 3 PM
  • Cycle 3 Lending Event: Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 1 – 3 PM

Step 2: Enjoy the work in your home until the next return event, approximately 3 months after.

Step 3: Return the borrowed work to Lawndale for inspection.

  • Cycle 1 Return Event: Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 1 – 3 PM
  • Cycle 2 Return Event: Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 1 – 3 PM
  • Cycle 3 Return Event: Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 1 – 3 PM

Q: Can I reserve a work?
A: Unfortunately not. Artworks are available during our Saturday lending events on a first come, first served basis.

Q: Can I check out multiple works at a time?
A: If you would like to check out multiple works at a time, you may buy multiple memberships.

Purchasing Artwork
Can I purchase a work?
While in the lending library system, works cannot be purchased. However, the 2018/19 inaugural year of the Lawndale Lending Library will end with a silent auction in fall 2019, wherein works can be bid for purchase.

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

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