Lawndale Announces the 2019-2020 Artist Studio Participants


Lawndale is pleased to announce the 2019/20 Artist Studio Program participants: collaborators Jacquelyne Boe and David Janesko; Gerardo Rosales; and Holly Veselka.


Established in 2006, the Lawndale Artist Studio Program offers residencies to Texas-based artists who are developing a practice in the visual and performing arts. Once selected, residents receive a monthly stipend, materials allowance, and 24-hour access to a private studio. Lawndale also awards residents with access to a welcoming and vibrant community of working artists, curators, critics and patrons of contemporary art. Throughout the nine-month residency, the artists work closely with each other and Lawndale staff on the development and production of new work that will be exhibited at Lawndale in the spring.

This year’s Artist Studio Program participants were selected by Nick Barbee, Lawndale Advisory Board Member; Shannon Crider, 2017-2018 Artist Studio Program participant; and Stephanie Mitchell, Executive Director of Lawndale. 

Major support for the Artist Studio Program is provided by Kathrine G. McGovern/The John P. McGovern Foundation.

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Jacquelyne Boe is a critically-acclaimed professional dancer, choreographer, and educator based in Houston. She is interested in collaboration and experimentation. Boe has worked with organizations such as Erick Hawkins Dance, Frame Dance, Hopestone Dance, Houston Grand Opera, Noble Motion Dance, and Open Dance Project and individual artists such as Rob Ashford, Teresa Chapman, Sean Curran, and Erin Reck. In 2014, she was named Houston Press’ 100 Creatives, a recipient of Dance Source Houston’s Artist in Residence Program for 2015-2016, and is a founding member of a choreographers’ collective Perspective Exchange. Boe is a graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and holds a BFA from the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated as the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts’ Graduate of the Year.

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David Janesko is an artist who explores the emergence of complexity via experimentation with a wide array of media, technology, and subject matter. Specifically, Janesko investigates the genesis of life and death from the early Earth, the emergence of the Self, and how the senses and mental illness shape reality. Janesko grew up in Western Pennsylvania and worked for a number of years as a geologist before attending the San Francisco Art Institute (MFA, 2013). From 2013 to 2015, he was a Graduate Fellow and Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Artist in Sausalito California; from 2017 to 2019, he served as Curator at Flatland Gallery (Houston). Janesko is represented at Gray Contemporary (Houston).

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Gerardo Rosales, born in Venezuela, is an artist and educator who has been based in Houston, TX, for nearly two decades. His recent work focuses on issues of class, race, gender, immigration, and sexuality. Rosales has exhibited widely throughout Latin America and, most recently, locally at Project Row Houses and The TransArt Foundation for Art and Anthropology. Rosales earned an MA in Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and BFA at the Armando Reverón Art Institute in Caracas.

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Holly Veselka is a conceptual artist with a focus on project-based, research-oriented sculptures, archives, and installations that examine humanity’s relationship with the natural world. She has exhibited her work internationally and received recognitions including her selection as a 2019 Launch Pad Artist by Studio Modo and the city of Austin, a summer artist residency in 2018 at ACRE in Steuben, WI, and being listed on Creative Capital’s On Our Radar in 2016. In the summer of 2019, Holly exhibited at ACRE Projects in Chicago, IL; conducted visual research at the Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in the Białowieza Forest, Poland; and participated in the 2nd Annual Digital Naturalism Conference in Gamboa, Panama. Born in Houston, TX, Holly now lives with her family in San Marcos, TX, and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University.



Lawndale is a multidisciplinary contemporary art center that engages Houston communities with exhibitions and programs that explore the aesthetic, critical, and social issues of our time.


Lawndale believes in the role of art and artists to inspire and inform the world around us. Serving as an intimate gathering place to experience art and ideas, Lawndale seeks to foster connections between communities in Houston by presenting a diverse range of artistic practices and perspectives through exhibitions and programs.


Lawndale’s exhibitions and programs are produced with generous support from The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Brown Foundation, Inc./Nancy O’Connor; David R. Graham/Felvis Foundation; the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation; Houston Endowment; Kathrine G. McGovern/The John P. McGovern Foundation; The National Endowment for the Arts; the Texas Commission on the Arts; The City of Houston; and The Wortham Foundation, Inc. Additional support provided by Benjamin Berg/Berg Hospitality, Illuminations Lighting Design, Lindsey Schechter/Houston Dairymaids, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and Topo Chico.


Admission to all exhibitions and programs at Lawndale is free. Hours: Wednesday – Friday:12 – 6 PM, Saturday:11 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday: 12 – 3 PM Closed Monday, Tuesdays, and national holidays. Lawndale, 4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. Visit or call 713-528-5858 for more information.

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