The Big Show

Summer 2021, Opening June 19, 2021

The Big Show  is an ambitious exhibition of new work by artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale.


  • 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 2019 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 Monday, February 1, 2021, until 11:59 PM (Central Standard Time).
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Artists must submit a recent exhibition history, including participation in previous iterations of The Big Show, in addition to an artist statement (up to 200 words) 
  • 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_2019.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, 9AM - 5PM) or email with questions. 

Accepted Works

  • Artists will be notified May 2021 of their application status and will be given further details about artwork drop off at Lawndale. 

The juror for The Big Show 2021 is Cecilia Fajardo-Hill.  

Cecilia 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.

Proposals for the Exhibition Program are accepted on a rolling basis.

Lawndale is pleased to announce an open call for submissions from artists and curators locally, regionally, and nationally for our traditional galleries, Sculpture Garden, and other non-traditional sites including the elevator, stairwells, windows, and other forms of intervention.

Exhibitions selected through this open call will be programmed by invitation through 2022 and beyond.

Review Process & Criteria

Lawndale encourages proposals from artists and curators that include, but are not limited to, the visual and performing arts in all media. All proposals are reviewed by Lawndale’s Advisory Board and proposals are selected based on quality, originality, and the overall composition of the exhibition calendar.

Please note that artists who are accepted into the Lawndale Artist Studio Program are not eligible for the 2020-2021 exhibition season and vice versa. Artists who have exhibited with Lawndale within the past 2 years are not eligible.

Exhibition Honorarium

Lawndale offers an honorarium of $1,000 to $1,500 for each exhibition in order to assist with costs related to materials, travel, packing and/or shipping of artwork. Additional Lawndale-approved support is available for materials, exhibition design, public programs, writer honorarium, and poster/book design and printing.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals are accepted through All files must be complete and compatible with Submittable and include the following information:

–  Artist or Curator Statement (250 words max)
– List of 2 references
–  Project Description, including proposed gallery and installation requirements (500 words max)
–  Why is Lawndale the right venue for this project (250 words max)
–  What impact do you believe this project will have on your career at this time (250 words max)
–  Curriculum Vitae (CV) saved as PDF or Word Document
–  A maximum of 10 images and captions (title, year, medium, dimensions) representative of the proposal in JPG format. Videos must be no longer than 5 minutes, must include proper caption information, and be in the .MOV format.

Please email with questions as they relate to the submission process.

Applications for the 2021-2022 Artist Studio Program are due MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2021, at 11:59 PM.

For over thirteen years, the Lawndale Artist Studio Program (ASP) has provided artists with a monthly stipend and 24-hour access to a private studio. For the 2021-2022 round, this support will be enhanced with an increased focus on the development of new work and building towards an ongoing and sustainable practice. We are seeking ASP participants who will engage Lawndale as their hub - not only as a place for experimenting, making, and showing work but also as a site for critical engagement and questions. Lawndale is looking for Texas/Gulf Coast-based artists of diverse backgrounds and experiences, working in any media, whose practice would benefit from the support we can offer.

Program Description

Lawndale Artist Studio Program awards artists with dynamic support to evolve their creative practice and make new work for an exhibition in the spring.The nine-month program runs from September 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. During this time, participants engage Lawndale as their hub, receive a $3,000 honorarium, up to $5,000 direct support for project development, and 24-hour access to a private studio (approx. 250 square feet). Other benefits include studio visits, professional development workshops, exchanges with peer institutions, and an essay commissioned for an annual ASP publication. Participants work closely with the Assistant Director and Lawndale staff to develop programming in concert with their own practice, and participate in group discussions and open studios. With this support, ASP participants produce new work to debut in a public exhibition at Lawndale in the spring.


Lawndale seeks applications from Texas or Gulf Coast-based artists who are working to develop a sustainable creative practice. Artists of diverse backgrounds and experiences, working in any media, whose practice would benefit from the support offered by ASP, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 18 years or older and not enrolled in any degree program. Former ASP participants are not eligible. Applicants who are accepted to exhibit at Lawndale though the 2021-2022 Exhibitions open call are not eligible for the Artist Studio Program.

Application Deadline & Fees

Applications are due Monday, February 1, 2021 (12 PM - Central Standard Time), and must be submitted online through The application fee is $25 for current Lawndale members/ $30 for non-members.


Applicants will be notified by email in March 2021.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of arts professionals. The selection will be based on the quality of work and potential for growth.

Lawndale Art and Performance Center