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Lawndale Art Center

Houston TX, USA

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Adela Andea, The Green™ Cyber Web, 2009. Mixed media, site-specific installation, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Lawndale Art Center

Lawndale Art Center is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art, with an emphasis on work by artists in Houston, Texas. It hosts exhibitions, lectures, and events, and offers an annual residency program to further the creative exchange of ideas within Houston’s diverse artistic, cultural, and student communities.

Artist James Surls founded Lawndale in 1979, in an abandoned 100,000-square-foot warehouse. It became independent and received nonprofit status in 1989. Since 1993, it has been located in a 1930s Art Deco building located in Houston’s Museum District.

Part of the University of Houston, Lawndale provides studio spaces for graduate students in painting and sculpture. The center also hosts more than twenty-five exhibitions, lectures, and events annually, and offers an annual artist residency program. Lawndale’s programming committee, made up of area artists and arts administrators, meets twice each year to review proposals and select artists and exhibitions for presentation at the center. Along with individual and group exhibitions, Lawndale hosts an area-wide, open-call juried survey show, called “The Big Show,” and an annual festival entitled Día de Los Muertos, which features an open-call exhibition of more than 300 contemporary interpretations of the retablo, a Mexican folk art tradition.

Public Hours
Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Saturday: 12–5 p.m.
Founding Year
1979
  • 2,162 featured artists
  • 712 Public Programs
  • 441 Exhibitions

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