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Lawndale Art Center

Neighbourhood: The Museum District
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Address: 4912 Main St, Houston, TX 77002-9720
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+1 713-528-5858
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Lawndale is one of the only institutions in Houston that is dedicated to...

Lawndale is one of the only institutions in Houston that is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by regional artists. Located at the edge of Downtown in the Museum District the organization utilizes its accessible location to present exhibitions, performances, lectures, film screenings and events, and offers an annual residency program to further the creative exchange of ideas among Houston's diverse communities. In all programming and activities, Lawndale strives to extend the center's outreach.<br><br>Lawndale includes four museum-quality galleries, three artist studios and an outdoor sculpture garden that facilitate its role as a vital cultural resource for Houston. A board Programming Committee made up of area artists and arts professionals meet twice per year to consider proposals and select artists and exhibitions for presentation.There is no fee to submit proposal for an exhibition at Lawndale. A balance is sought among emerging, mid-career and established artists, as well as a wide range of two and three dimensional media and content. The committee gives special consideration to work that would not be shown in commercial or other museum venues due to its scale, ephemeral nature, or difficulty of installation. The schedule is intentionally flexible to allow for work to be shown within six months of its completion; accordingly, nothing is scheduled more than one year in advance. The committee also considers works from around the region that inform area artists and audiences about the most current themes and concepts in contemporary art, while remaining focused on Houston area artists.Every year Lawndale Art Center hosts an area-wide open call juried survey show, called The Big Show, which provides exhibition access to area artists. Approximately 400 artists who live and work within a 100-mile radius of Houston, bring over 950 works of art to the Lawndale galleries for jurying over three days. A nationally known curator from outside of the region selects The Big Show from these entries presenting an annual snap shot of contemporary art in Houston.Lawndale Art Center's most recent programming initiative was to launch the Artist Studio Program that provides studio space for three local artists along with a materials budget and a monthly stipend for a nine month period.One of Lawndale Art Center's most anticipated events is the annual festival celebrating, Día de LosMuertos, featuring an open-call exhibition of over 250 contemporary interpretations of the Mexican folkart tradition, the retablo, created by area artists and enthusiasts. During this time Lawndale also works closely with area schools, focusing on at risk and low income schools, to educate students about the Mexican tradition using contemporary art as a context and features artworks from the students during the retablo exhibition. This program provides a critical bridge to Houston's Latino community and helps build awareness within the Mexican-American community for our other programming.In addition, Lawndale also provides educational opportunities to area elementary, middle and high school-age children and to local college and university students through its teacher orientation program, internship program and guided tours and activities.

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Interesting small gallery

I saw 2 small and one more extensive exhibit, and although I didn't adore it all, I certainly found food for thought. The large exhibit was a combination of found art, short... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2014
Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

The Lawndale Art Center is definitely worth the money (it's free) and it's worth a stop. It's small and the art rotates frequently. Some of the art is mediocre, at best, but other pieces are surprising little gems. If you're in the musuem district, stick your head in and take your chances.

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Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

Glad it was free. The exhibits failed to grab our attention. On a plus note it appears the exhibits change out every couple of months. Wouldn't go out of my way to come again. Thanks anyway.

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 11 June 2015 via mobile

This was a nice little art gallery to visit with free admission and parking in their lot. We enjoyed the exhibitions on display and the outside area of the building. The staff was friendly and respected your personal space when seeing the art.

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Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 20 May 2015

Lawndale is just north of the Fine Arts museum and worth the few minutes it will take to stop by. They have their own parking lot (hooray!) and the exhibits never disappoint. There is a mural on the outside wall that changes from time to time. The Dia de Los Muertos silent auction and party makes for some of the... More 

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Surf Side, Texas
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Reviewed 30 March 2015

Loved the all the new exhibis- the main floor is always thought provoking. Second floor and that delicate crazy themed ceramic were great but best experience was innocently walking into 3 rd floor exhibit- It was unexpected jolt of fun!

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Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

I saw 2 small and one more extensive exhibit, and although I didn't adore it all, I certainly found food for thought. The large exhibit was a combination of found art, short video, and an installation, inspired by an intriguing little Houston mystery. One of the small photography shows concerned Houston's homeless veterans -- great work, depressing, and inspires anyone... More 

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Lawndale is a great place where local artists are able to display their art through several events. I love how Lawndale during these events partners with many local schools for contributions from their students.

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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 17 April 2013

We visited the center since it focuses on local artists. The amount of exhibit space is limited. Unfortunately the current exhibits are not the type of art we like. Much too modern and out there.

Thank FuzzyBeaver

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