Lawndale Announces Juror for The Big Show 2020

Lawndale is pleased to have Cecilia Fajardo-Hill as the juror for The Big Show 2020. The Big Show is an annual competition of artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale that reflects our commitment to supporting local and regional artists at various stages in their career.
Image of Fajardo-Hill by Chisa Huges.
Fajardo-Hill is a British/Venezuelan art historian and curator in modern and contemporary art, currently based in Southern California. Fajardo-Hill has a PhD in Art History from the University of Essex, England, and an MA in 20th Century Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England. 

Fajardo-Hill is the co-curator of the upcoming touring exhibition XicanXperimental, Phoenix Museum, 2021, and will be Fellowship Visiting Research Scholar in the Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS) and Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University, Princeton. Fajardo-Hill is the editor of Remains – Tomorrow: Themes in Contemporary Latin American Abstraction, on post 90s abstraction in Latin America, 2019, and the co-editor of two tomes on 20th and 21th – century Guatemalan art, an Arte GT 20/21 initiative, upcoming 2020.

The Big Show 2020
July 19 – August 30, 2020
  • The Big Show is open to artists living within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale.
  • Each artist may submit up to 3 original artworks completed between January 2020 to present.
  • Work must fit through the 6′ 9″ x 4′ 11″ entryway and cannot exceed 200 pounds in weight.
  • Works previously exhibited in Houston will be disqualified.
  • All works must be exhibition ready and include proper hanging hardware. Works that are not stable enough to endure the exhibition may not be eligible.
  • All works must be available for the duration of the exhibition.
Application Requirements
  • All works must be submitted online via
  • Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 3, 2020 until 11:59 PM (Central Standard Time).
  • Notification of Acceptance: May 2020
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Artists must submit a recent exhibition history, including participation in previous iterations of The Big Show.
  • Submit only 1 image of each work, along with the image captions (title, medium, dimensions, and year). Artists may submit up to 3 works. 
  • Images should be .jpeg format. Please limit each file size to 1 MB (minimum size of 4″ x 6″ at 300 dpi). 
  • Do not submit detail images of the work(s).
  • Video submissions will require a link to a hosting site. (e.g.: Vimeo or Youtube). All final work must be submitted to Lawndale in the .mp4 format.  
  • All files should be labeled as LastnameFirstname_Title_Year completed. Example: SmithJohn_Work1_2020.Jpg
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
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, 9 AM – 5 PM) or email with questions.
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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