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Lawndale: The Big Show ParticipatingArtists & Awards Announcement
Lawndale Art Center Houston

July, 2014

Lawndale Art Center
is pleased to announce
The Big Show 2014
Participating Artists & Award Recipients  

Lawndale Art Center is pleased to announce The Big Show 2014 juror's award winners. The Big Show 2014 award winners selected by guest juror, Visual Arts Director
Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, NM, were announced at the opening reception on July 11, 2014. Three $1000 awards were given to:


Celan Bouillet

Peter Broz

Laura Pregeant


A total of 115 works by 106 artists were selected for the exhibition from 981 works submitted by 382 artists. The Big Show will be on view at Lawndale Art Center through August 9, 2014. Artists selected for the exhibition include:



Maurice AbelmanSarita AckermanIsela Aguirre, Mehek Ahmed, Homer AllenJoel AndersonShara AppanaitisAmanda ArmisteadLogan Sebastian BeckMack Bishop III, Noreen Borys, Celan BouilletElaine Bradford, Jeff Bradley, Margaret BraunKari BreitigamBetty-Ann Brose, Peter Broz, Vernon CalderaLindy ChambersYvette ChapmanJooYoung Choi, K.C. Collins, Isabel CuencaClaire Cusack, Sandra de la Rosa, Kelley Devine, Luisa Duarte, Amber Eggleton, Sandy Ewen, Xenia Fedorchenko, Laura FeldVincent Fink, Jed Foronda, Jenn Fox, Diane Fraser, Leticia Garcia, Bryan Gardner, Helena Gijsbers van WijkMarsha GlickmanEva GrafCarrie Green MarkelloThe Center for Imaginative Cartography + Research, J.G. Harkins, Linda Harmes, Eric Hartley, J. Hassinger, Luis Hernandez, Keith J.R. Hollingsworth, Michael Horvath, Jordan Hughes, Jeff JenningsMichael Sean KirbyJason KishellAlexander Larsen, Riah Lee, Tae LeeLulu LinAnnie LockhartDavid McClain, Palmer Mena, Adrienne Elyse MeyersPaige Moore, L.A. Naut, Kia Neill, Clark Nunn, Eric OckrassaLee Alice (Hillman) Pablo, Eric Pearce, Kristy Peet, Robert Peña, Jr., Page Piland, Laura Pregeant, Tara Ratliff, Patrick Renner, Leslie Roades, Lillian Roberds, Caroline RobertsNatalie Rodgers, Penelope Ross, Nana Sampong, Charlie Jean SartwelleNataliya ScheibMireille SchellhornCaroline Sharpless, Torie Shelton, John Slaby, Taylor Smith, Megan SpacekLou SprecherAdair Stephens, Todd Stevens, Gerald W. SylerKamilia Szczesna, Dwight Theall, Michael Toskovich, Sandy Tramel, Nohelia Vargas, Justin Varner, Amed Ruben Verástegui, Christopher WallaceElise WeberElizabeth Welch, Dave Wilson, Amy Beth Wright, Justin Zachary


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All images are courtesy of the artist and Lawndale Art Center. Click on the image below for larger file

Celan Bouillet

Hanging Gardens, 2014

Acrylic on canvas

72" x 56"



Peter Broz

Tower, 2014

Acrylic on panel

48" x 20"



Laura Pregeant

Places Unheard, 2014

Mixed Media

Dimensions variable 



Installation photos courtesy of Lawndale Art Center.






The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried exhibition. Since the show's conception in 1984, it has become an important venue through which emerging and under-represented Houston area artists gain exposure. The Big Show was formerly the East End Show, sponsored by the East End Progress Association, at Lawndale's original location. In 2013, Lawndale received 922 submissions by 366 artists. Guest Juror, Duncan Mackenzie, Artist/Critic/Writer and Co-Founder of Bad at Sports, selected 83 works by 67 artists for the exhibition. 


Each year Lawndale Art Center invites a different guest juror to select the work submitted by artists living within 100 miles of Houston.  Artists are invited to bring up to three works of art, not previously shown in Houston, to Lawndale Art Center where the work is juried on-site for a chance to be included in the show and a shot at $3,000 in cash awards. Emerging artists selected for The Big Show have received gallery representation and greater exposure for their work as a result. Buster Graybill, award recipient for the Big Show in 2009, was selected to participate in Artpace San Antonio's International Artist-in-Residence program in 2010. Eileen Maxson, recipient of the Texas Prize in 2005 first exhibited her winning video in the Big Show 2003. First Prize in the 2003 Big Show went to Robert Pruitt whose work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. 




Erin Elder is the Visual Art Director of Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. Prior to taking this post in 2012, she worked as an independent curator, writer, and teacher for over twelve years, cultivating interests in experimental collaboration, sense of place, and expanded notions of culture. Her research has focused on counter-cultural education and art practices, with particular interest in those activities happening in the 1960s American Southwest. Her writing has been published by University of Minnesota Press, University of Houston Press, Proximity Magazine, and more. She has produced projects with a variety of institutions including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Creative Time, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, International Symposium on Electronic Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. She is a visiting lecturer at numerous schools and universities and has served as juror or reviewer for many international forums. Since 2009, she has cooperatively run PLAND, an off-the-grid residency program near Tres Piedras, NM. Erin holds dual self-designed BAs from Prescott College, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts. She has been to Houston twice before and was very, very impressed. 


About Lawndale:

Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and  the audience for their art. Lawndale is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by Houston artists.

Lawndale presents exhibitions, lectures and events, and offers an annual residency program to further the creative exchange of ideas among Houston's diverse artistic, cultural and student communities.

Gallery Hours: 
Monday-Friday, 10-5; Saturday, 12-5; Closed Sunday


Viewing Dates: 
Exhibitions open on Friday, July 11, 2014
and will remain on view through Saturday, August 9, 2014.


Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, John M. O'Quinn, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Bruce Eames, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Lia and David Rodi, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott R. Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Number 4 High Performance Hair Care, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


For additional information, please contact:

Dennis Nance 



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