Lawndale Art Center is an alternative art space founded in 1979. For over 36 years, Lawndale has dedicated itself to the support of contemporary art with a particular focus on the work of Houston and Texas-based artists.

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Applications for the 2017-2018 Artist Studio Program are due April 1
Info session: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6 PM (at Lawndale)

For ten years, the Lawndale Artist Studio Program (ASP) has provided artists with a monthly stipend and access to a private studio. For the twelfth round in 2017-2018, this support will be enhanced with an increased focus on the development of new work and ongoing practice. How does developing a creative practice in Texas differ from elsewhere? What can regionalism mean in 2017? 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 like these.

In 2017-2018, the ASP will be full of experimentation, pilot programs, and Texas road trips. As we hatch plans, we’ve revised our application to better identify competitive applicants that are the right fit for the ASP. We are 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 develop their creative practice and make new work for an exhibition in the spring.

The nine-month program runs from September 1 to May 31. During this time, participants engage Lawndale as their hub, receive a $3,000 honorarium, up to $2,000 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, opportunities for travel and exchanges with peer institutions, and an essay commissioned for an annual ASP publication. Participants work closely with the Artist Studio Program Director to develop programming in concert with their own practice, and participate in group discussions and open studios. With this support, ASP participants develop 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. 

Application Deadline & Fees
Applications are due April 1, 2017 (Midnight - Central Standard Time), and must be submitted online through The application fee is $25 for current Lawndale members/ $30 for non-members.

Not sure if you are a current Lawndale member? Click here to view a list of our current Members.

Applicants will be notified by email by June 1, 2017.

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.

Application Requirements

  • Artist Statement (250 words max)
  • Lines of Inquiry (250 words max): What are three questions you are asking in your studio/practice?
  • Project Proposal (250 words max): Describe the work that you plan to make--this can be a specific project or an ongoing body of work. Why is Lawndale the right venue for this work to debut?
  • Impact (250 words max): How you will use the time and support of Lawndale ASP? Why is this the right time in your life/career to participate in this program?
  • Work Samples: You may submit up to 10 examples of your work, in any combination of still image and time-based formats. Image files must be in .JPG format and attached here. Please limit each file to 1 MB in size. For video and time-based work, include links to excerpts (YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.) in the fields below. Combined running time should be no more than 10 minutes, and should be less than 10 minutes if you are also including images (subtract 1 minute for each image). For example, if you include both jpgs and video, you may submit anywhere from 1 image + 9 minutes of video, to 9 images + 1 minute of video.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): Saved as a PDF or Microsoft Word document
  • References: Contact information for 2 professional references