Lawndale Art Center's 28th Annual Día de los Muertos Retablo Update
Lawndale Art Center

August, 2015



We're making plans for the 28th Annual Día de l
os Muertos at Lawndale Art Center. Lawndale invites artists to create works using a small tablet of metal that must be picked up at Lawndale (first come, first-served).
In exchange for your donation, each artist will receive one admission to the Gala and Retablo Silent Auction on Friday, October 23, and an annual Artist Level Lawndale Membership. Donating artists may purchase additional tickets at the member rate of $40 per ticket.
Please pick up your tin during normal business hours 
(while supplies last):
Monday - Friday, 10:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday, 12 - 5 PM

Completed retablos must be delivered by 5 PM, Thursday, October 8, 2015. Please deliver your retablos to Lawndale October 6-8, 2015, 10 AM - 5 PM. 
There is no entry fee. Entry rules and forms are available at Lawndale or click here to download the entry form.

Everyone starts with the same material and observes the following guidelines:  
  • Entry is limited to one per artist or collective.
  • All retablo sales must be donated at 100%. In exchange for your kind donation, Lawndale will provide each artist with 1 admission to the Gala and Retablo Silent Auction and a Membership at the Artist Level. Artists will be able to purchase additional admissions at the member price of $40.
  • Silent auction bidding starts at your minimum starting bid. We suggest setting the bid starting price within the range of $50-$150. $150 is the maximum starting bid.
  • Each work must incorporate the metal issued by Lawndale (other materials may be added).
  • Maximum finished size: 11" x 13" x 5" deep. Please take note of this!
  • Work must hang from the wall. Lawndale can provide "L" nails to hang finished works. All other necessary hardware needed to install must be included.
  • Frames are discouraged, and not required for works using only the surface of the provided metal.
  • All work must be for sale.
Lawndale will not display work which does not meet all stated conditions or lacks sufficient structural integrity for exhibition and sale.
Schedule of Events 
October 19 - November 7, 2015 
Retablo & Student Exhibitions 
October 19 - November 7, 2015
In 1988, Lawndale Art Center presented its first annual Día de los Muertos exhibition of retablos: small artworks inspired by the traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. Lawndale invites artists and the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8" x 10" pieces of sheet metal. The donated retablos are on view throughout Lawndale's Día de los Muertos programs and are auctioned at the Gala and Retablo Silent Auction. Proceeds from this popular fundraising event support Lawndale's free programming throughout the year.

Lawndale encourages teachers to educate their students about important aspects of Mexican culture and their related art practices and offers schools the opportunity to display their work in our Cavnar and Horton galleries.  In past years, students have submitted projects such as sugar skulls, papel picado, papier-mâché skeletons, retablos, altars and other large-scale installations. 
Lawndale's galleries are open Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM, and Saturdays 12 - 5 PM during exhibitions. Admission to the exhibition is free.
Community Ofrenda 
October 19 - November 7, 2015
Starting October 19, guests are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar honoring departed loved ones.
Papel Picado Workshop
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
6 PM
Houston art educator and Lawndale supporter Jean King, will lead a papel picado workshop as part of this year's Día de los Muertoscelebration.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  Visitors will not only learn about the traditional art of Mexican paper cutting from one of the best, but will also get to create and take home their own unique perforated paper creation. 

Gala and Retablo Silent Auction 
Friday, October 23, 2015
Artist, Member and Sponsor Preview 6 - 7 PM 
Gala and Silent Auction 7 - 9 PM
Silent Auction closes at 8:45 PM

Event Chairs: Cali and Peter Pettigrew

Admission: $65 per person / $40 for Lawndale Members
Tickets available at the door or in advance via PayPal or by calling 713-528-5858. Please call for Lawndale Member rate.
One of Lawndale's most popular parties and biggest fundraisers, this silent auction of small artworks, created and donated by over 250 Texas artists, feature contemporary interpretations of retablos, a traditional, devotional art in Mexico. Guests will also enjoy exhibitions in the Cavnar and Horton galleries featuring works made by Houston students, many in the folk art traditions still practiced in Mexico today. DJ set by Night Drive. Complimentary beverages from Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
Preview the exhibition Monday, October 19 - Thursday, October 22 during normal gallery hours. The galleries will be closed Friday, October 23, in preparation for the Gala & Retablo Silent Auction.

Musical & Literary Ofrenda 
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Performances begin at 6:15 PM
Join us for an evening of celebration and remembrance. During Día de los Muertos, families create ofrendas to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. A ROCO chamber group and Musiqa composers will present short original contemporary, classic compositions as musical ofrendas. Inprint will also present original readings written in the tradition of making an offering during the Día de los Muertos celebrations. This event is a partnership between ROCO,  InprintMusiqa 
and Lawndale Art Center.
Adult Sugar Skull Class
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
6 PM
$25 per person
Advance registration is required as space is limited.


In conjunction with our 28th annual 
Día de los Muertos celebration, Lawndale Art Center is offering an Adult Sugar Skull Class led by artist Amber Eagle. Participants will learn how sugar skulls are made and will decorate skulls with royal icing. All participants will take home their skull created in class, as well as a recipe and a sugar skull mold.
Amber Eagle is a former Lawndale Artist Studio Program participant, sculptor of sugar things in miniature and metal things made of semi-trucks. Eagle received her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts (1993) and her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (1988). Eagle was a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art from 1993-1995. After completing her core fellowship in Houston she moved to Mexico for many years after having received a grant to study the art of Alfenique and Fiestas.

Family Day Fiesta
Saturday, November 7, 2015
12 - 4 PM
Admission: Free

Lawndale's 28th Annual Día de los Muertos celebration concludes with a Saturday fiesta for families and children honoring participating teachers and students whose artwork can be viewed in the Cavnar and Horton galleries. Enjoy refreshments and children's activities such as decorating sugar skulls, along with performances by Mixteco Ballet Folklorico.

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Sponsor this year's Día de los Muertos events!
 Funds raised in support of Lawndale's 28th Annual Día de los Muertos help underwrite the cost of presenting programs that celebrate cultural traditions of Mexico. These events foster pride and appreciation in one's own heritage and encourage tolerance and understanding. Contributions also fund Lawndale's free programs throughout the year and allow us to continue serving as one of Houston's leading contemporary arts spaces. 

To find out more about making a donation to this year's Día de los Muertos contact us at 713.528.5858 or


Donate now via PayPal!  

Become a Member! 

Lawndale members receive a $15 discount on admission to the Día de los Muertos Gala & Silent Auction! 
Membership levels start as low as $25 per year.
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