September 2018 Exhibitions & Public Programs


/// The Big Show Preview Party///

Thursday, September 13 from 7 – 9 PM

$100 Lawndale Members, $125 General

We invite you to join this year’s participating artists in celebration of The Big Show and launch of the Lawndale Lending Library, all while supporting Lawndale!

Tickets not only include early access to The Big Show 2018 (minus the crowds!), access to the open bar, chicken sliders by Curbside Sliderz, onsite tacos by local entrepreneur Cesar Cano, and light bites provided by Houston Dairymaids, but they are also a wonderful way to support Lawndale’s exhibitions and operations.

To join this exciting celebration for The Big Show 2018 artists and supporters, you may tickets online with the link below, by calling us at 713-528-5858, or at the door during the Preview Party.

We look forward to seeing you there! In the meantime, you can join the event on Facebook.

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The Big Show

In appreciation for your support, all underwriters 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. Click the button below to underwrite The Big Show or call us at 713-528-5858.


The Big Show


/// 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, artist and founder of the Art Lending Library in Galveston. LLL is a platform to build relationships between art lovers and artists, 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


/// Exhibitions ///


The Big Show


Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, November 11, 2018

Lawndale is pleased to present 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

Agnès Bourély

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

Hirshhorn 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.

The Big Show General Opening Reception

Saturday, September 15, 2018

6 – 9 PM

Awards announced at 8 PM

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Lawndale welcomes you to join us for the general opening of The Big Show 2018! 

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!


Opening Friday, September 28

5 – 6 PM Member Preview Hour (Sponsored by Houston Dairymaids)

6 – 8 PM General Opening

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Lovie Olivia’s

Tuft and Facet

Friday, September 28 – Sunday, November 11, 2018

Cecily E. Horton Gallery

Tuft and Facet is a bright, bold and immersive display that aims to criticise, survey, comment on and celebrate the diverse southern-queer-community. It is race, gender, sexual identity, and material in concert.


David Costanza Studio’s


Friday, September 28 – Sunday, November 11, 2018

Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden

TipTap is an interactive urban object that seeks to bring together the diverse social and cultural bodies in Houston through coordinated play and draws upon the studio’s existing research project, TipTapTipTap is half hammock, half see-saw. Its alternating motion is controlled through the occupation of its woven surfaces.


/// Public Programs ///



They, Who Sound

Monday evenings beginning September 17

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Doors open at 7 PM

Collaboration with Nameless Sound

Free! Donations to They, Who Sound welcome.

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Every Monday you’ll hear two distinct performances of experimental sound-making, improvised music, noises, the sounding of art, the performance of art and….

For each Monday’s updated lineup, go to


Public Programs


Artadia’s Art & Dialogue: Houston

featuring Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Thursday, September 20

6:30 PM

Art & Dialogue is a national program designed to expand support for Artadia’s growing network of Awardees. Artadia currently supports over 300 Awardees working in a diverse array of disciplines in six cities across the country. Developed through in-depth research of artists’ needs, Art & Dialogue bridges connections between visual artists, curators, and diverse publics in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco through a series of studio visits, public programs, and online engagement. All Art & Dialogue programs are documented, anthologized on Artadia’s website, and publicized internationally.

Join Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, artist and Co-founder of Beta-Local, Puerto Rico, for a free public program at Lawndale. Santiago Muñoz will visit Houston for three days to participate in Art & Dialogue. During her stay, she will visit with eight Artadia Awardees.

Lacy Johnson photographed by John Carrithers  

Gulf Coast Reading

featuring Lacy Johnson

Friday, September 21

6:30 – 9:30 PM

Collaboration with Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

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Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts presents readings from University of Houston Creative Writing Program graduate students and contributors to its pages. The monthly Gulf Coast Reading Series supports the journal’s mission to spotlight the work of both esteemed and emerging writers with voices as diverse as the Gulf itself.