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The Big Show 2015 Call for Entries
Lawndale Art Center Houston

May, 2015

The Big Show 2015
Entries and Eligibility 
The Big Slide Show 
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Lawndale Members receive a discount on The Big Show entry fee and are invited to a special preview of the exhibition!
start as low as $25.

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Lawndale Art Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on individual donations and memberships, along with government and foundation grants to support annual exhibitions and programming.

2014 Big Show 
Award Winners

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
Houston Museum District 

July 10 - August 8, 2015

Opening Reception 
Friday, July 10, 2015
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Awards announced at 7 PM 



NEW! The Big Show 2015 will be juried entirely online! In an effort to eliminate the burden of hundreds of artists bringing their work to Lawndale over two hot summer days, we're trying something new in 2015. Artists will have until June 3, 2015 to submit up to three works online via for consideration for the exhibition. All artists will be notified by email of the juror's decision by June 17, 2015. We hope this will allow more artists to apply and save all participants time and energy. 


The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried exhibition. It has been an important venue through which emerging and under-represented Houston area artists gain exposure since the show's conception in 1984. The Big Show was formerly the East End Show, sponsored by the East End Progress Association, at Lawndale's original location. 

Each year Lawndale Art Center invites a guest juror to select from work submitted by artists living within 100 miles of Houston. Artists are invited to submit up to three works of art, not previously shown in Houston, for a chance to be included in the exhibition and a shot at $3,000 in cash awards. 

Entries and Eligibility

  • Works in all media completed during 2013-2015 will be accepted.
  • Open to all artists living within 100 miles of Lawndale or in the following counties: Angelina, Austin (county), Brazoria, Brazos, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton.
  • Artists are limited to three (3) entries. All entries must be submitted together.
  • Only original works are eligible. Works publicly exhibited in Houston, created in art classes or copies of works will be disqualified.
  • Works that are not stable enough to endure the exhibition will be disqualified and are not insurable.
  • Work must fit through the 81" x 59" entrance to the building and be able to be reasonably moved by the artist and volunteers.
  • Fragile works, such as drawings or photographs, must be framed or securely mounted under glass or Plexiglas, or delivered in a protective carrier.
  • Entries must be complete and ready to exhibit, and may not be altered after images of the work are submitted. Do not submit work which is not ready to handle (i.e. wet paintings or work without hardware).
  • All work meant to be displayed on the wall must have hanging hardware installed, such as D-Rings or hanging wire. Hardware built into store bought frames, such as sawtooth hangers, and small triangle hangers, are NOT acceptable forms of hanging.
  • Work selected for the exhibition must be delivered June 25 - 27, 2015 during gallery hours. Do not submit entries if you are unable to deliver selected work during the delivery times listed below.



Application Deadline:
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (5 PM - Central Standard Time)

Artists will be notified by email on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by 6PM.

Delivery Dates (for work selected for the exhibition):
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 10AM - 5PM
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 10AM - 5PM
Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 12 - 5 PM


Click here to enter!

We strongly encourage you to apply early. If you are having trouble using the online application system, please don't hesitate to call us at 713-528-5858 during office hours (Monday - Friday, 10AM - 5PM) or email with questions.




George Scheer, Executive Director & Co-Founder
Greensboro, NC


George Scheer is the co-founder and director of Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro. George is an artist, writer and scholar who fosters creative communities at the intersection of aesthetics and social change. George holds an MA in Critical Theory and Visual Culture from Duke University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Political Communications. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication and Performance Studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the Cultural Economy of Art and Urban Development.


About Elsewhere:

Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency set within a former thrift store, is working to build a more collaborative culture in Greensboro and around the globe. From 19391997 former proprietress Sylvia Gray amassed a vast inventory in her downtown Greensboro store. After she passed the store remained, filled to the brink and without plan or purpose. In 2003, Sylvia's grandson and a group of artists moved into the old store, declared, 'nothing for sale' and began inviting artists from across the globe to make new works with and within the living museum. Today, Elsewhere's residency invites 50+ artists a year to create new works and 10,000+ visitors a year explore the museum. CoLab educational programs support creative critical thinking in public schools and creative leadership for LGBTQ identifying youth. Our public works bring an authentic, grassroots sophistication to cultural and economic transformation in Greensboro's downtown, and model practices at the intersection of art and urban growth.



The Big Slide Show

Wednesday & Thursday, July 29 & 30, 201
6 PM


Join Lawndale and Houston's talented Big Show artists for short, informal presentations about their work.  Presentations start at 6 PM each night at Lawndale Art Center. Come early as seating is limited.


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, Mid-America Arts Alliance, John M. O'Quinn, Gracie and Bob Cavnar, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Paula Murphy, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott R. Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, Nancy and Sidney Williams, Nina and Michael Zilkha, Abel Design Group, Architectural Floors, Sterling McCall Lexus, TeleFlex, United Airlines and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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