For 31 years, the Lawndale Big Show has been the most important opportunity for emerging artists in a 100-mile radius of Houston to exhibit their work. It’s often the first show listed on an artist’s resume outside of school, and sometimes more seasoned artists use it to exhibit new bodies of work. The Big Show is as described: it tends to be a huge curatorial free-for-all, and a cheerfully mixed bag. I always look forward to it as an opportunity to see the very freshest and rawest work being made in the vicinity.
Traditionally, artists have physically delivered their work to Lawndale to be juried in person. But for this first time this year, Lawndale is bowing to the inevitable, asking artists to submit online to avoid several sweaty, stressful, extremely cluttered days during the Houston summer. The deadline is this Wednesday, June 3rd, so get your jpegs ready!
This year’s juror is George Scheer, the Director and Co-Founder of Elsewhere, a “living museum” and artist residency set in a former thrift store in Greensboro, NC.