Announcing The Big Show 2018

Lawndale Art Center


The Big Show 2018!


The Big Show 2018

Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, November 11, 2018

Lawndale is pleased to announce the artists, programming, and events for the 2018 iteration of The Big Show, our ambitious annual exhibition of new work by artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale. For the 2018 exhibition, juror Evelyn C. Hankins selected 53 works from 501 artist submissions.



Josh Alan

Keliy Anderson-Staley

Chris Bakay

Deborah Bay

Maria Bordelon-Nelson

Agnes Bourley

Tania Breton

Mary H. Case

Jimmy Castillo

Jill Dietrich

Luisa Duarte

Karen Eisele

Sarah Fisher

Brent Fogt

Mirza Fuentes

Gao Hang

Wanda Harding

Marcos Hernandez

Ryan Hollaway

Yu-Ru Huang

Cedric Ingram

Hedwige Jacobs

Claire Jarvis

Julia Barbosa Landois

Christie Leday

Marie Leterme

Denise Liebl

Matt Manalo

Max Manning

Colleen Maynard

Quentin Pace

Gissette Padilla

Jessica Phillips

Page Piland

Romeo Robinson

Penelope Ross

Robert Ruello

Rajab Ali Sayed

Krista Fay Simandl

Adrian Stuart

Britt Thomas

Joshua Unikel

Cecilia Villanueva

Jasmine Zelaya



Evelyn C. Hankins, PhD

Senior Curator

Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Evelyn C. Hankins has been a curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden since 2007. While at the Hirshhorn, she has also organized an array of projects, including Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge (2017); Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change (2016); Susan Philipsz: Part File Score (2016); At the Hub of Things: New Views of the Collection (2014) (co-curated); Jennie C. Jones: Higher Resonance (2013); Over, Under Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-Present(2013); ColorForms (2010); Walead Beshty: Legibility on Color Backgrounds (2009); andThe Panza Collection (2008). Currently, she is working on shows with Charline von Heyl (2018) and Pat Steir (2019). In addition to her exhibition responsibilities, Evelyn provides curatorial oversight for the Hirshhorn’s paintings and works on paper collections. Previously, she held curatorial positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Robert Hull Fleming Museum at the University of Vermont, Burlington. She earned her MA and PhD in art history from Stanford University.


Support Lawndale & See

The Big Show!


Preview Party

Thursday, September 13, 2018

7 – 9 PM

$100 Lawndale Members; $125 General

Join this year’s participating artists for a celebration of The Big Show and the launch of the Lawndale Lending Library. 

Tickets include access to the open bar, Chicken Sliderz by Curbside Sliderz, onsite tacos by local entrepreneur Cesar Cano, and light bites provided by Houston Dairymaids.

All funds raised support Lawndale’s artistic programming and general operations.

Purchase tickets now!


Underwrite The Big Show

All underwriters will receive supporter recognition onsite and in all web and print-related materials. Underwriters at the $500 level will receive 2 tickets to the Preview Party. Underwriters at the $1000 level will receive 4 tickets to the Preview Party.

Underwrite The Big Show!


General Opening Reception

Saturday, September 15, 2018

6 – 9 PM

Awards announced at 8 PM

Lawndale welcomes you to join us for the 2018 iteration of The Big Show

Moon Rooster and Steel City Pops will be onsite to feed your hunger with food to purchase. Topo Chico USA and Saint Arnold Brewing will be quenching your thirst!


Introducing the Lawndale Lending Library

Lawndale is thrilled to introduce our newest initiative, the Lawndale Lending Library (LLL). LLL 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 artists and collectors, emerging and established, in the Houston region. Its inaugural year will focus exclusively on The Big Show 2018 artists.

LLL allows collectors to borrow select artwork for three lending periods (approximately three months each) during the year following The Big Show‘s run. After these three periods, a silent auction for these select works will take place. Membership is $100 for Lawndale Members and $125 general. For the full calendar of lending events, click here.

For any questions, please contact Emily Fens at or call us at 713-528-5858.

Become a Lawndale Lending Library Member!


The Big Show Public Programming

Community Day

Saturday, October 20, 2018

2 – 5 PM

Collaboration with CAMH

Come on out to Lawndale for an afternoon of free hands-on workshops inspired by The Big Show. Food trucks available onsite. All ages welcome!


The Big Slide Show

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

1 – 3 PM

Join The Big Show 2018 artists for short narrated slide presentations of their work.


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