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Lawndale Art Center: The Big Show ParticipatingArtists & Awards Announcement
Lawndale Art Center in Houston

July, 2012

For Immediate Release 


The Big Show 2012

Participating Artists  

& Awards Announcement

Houston, TX - Lawndale Art Center is pleased to announce The Big Show 2012 juror's award winners. The Big Show 2012 award winners selected by guest juror, Marco Antonini, Gallery Director for NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY, were announced at the opening reception on July 13, 2012. $3000 in cash awards were divided evenly among six artists chosen by the juror. Six $500 prizes were awarded to:


Kassandra Bergman

Celia Butler

Hogan Kimbrell

Alexander Larsen 

Angel Oloshove

Lucia Peña 


A total of 69 works by 61 artists were selected by juror Marco Antonini, Gallery Director at NURTUREart, for the exhibition from 915 works submitted by 381 artists. Artists selected for the exhibition include:  


Matt AdamsJohn Adelman, Homer Allen, Kassandra Bergman, Ellen Anne Burtner, Celia ButlerPaul CarolaCaleb ChurchillNorberto ClementeJessica Crute, George Elbel, Henri Gadbois, Tony Garbarini, Matthew Glover, Tommy Gregory, Hillaree Hamblin, Bethany Hargrove, Andrea Hellerman, Hogan KimbrellDaniela KoontzTamara D. KontrimasGalina Kurlat, Hayley J. Kyle, Diane La Franca, Alexander LarsenJoan Laughlin, Marios Liolios, Wyatt John Little, Julie Lundgren & Wyatt John Little, Liza Littlefield, Christie MalvinLupe MartinezChad Maydwell, David McClain, Larry McEntire, Eddie Mendez, Tracey MeyerPen Morrison, L A Naut, Angel Oloshove, Mari OmoriLucia PeñaDonna E. Perkins, Edward Ramsay-Morin, Tara Rene RatliffCary Reeder, Patrick Renner, John Sapp, Kay Sarver, Caroline Sharpless, Shunshieva, Rosalind Speed, Kamila SzczesnaJ. E. Theriot, Stephanie Toppin, Kimberly Turman, Tanja Vaughn, Allison Whitley, Martin Wnuk, Katie Wynne, andPaul S. Zeigler

To download the press release click here. For images, please visit our Flickr pageclick on the images below or email


About The Big Show: 

The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried exhibition. Since the show's conception in 1984, it has become an important venue through which emerging and under-represented Houston area artists gain exposure. The Big Show was formerly the East End Show, sponsored by the East End Progress Association, at Lawndale's original location. In 2011, Lawndale received 972 submissions by 404 artists.  Guest Juror Larissa Harris, Curator at Queens Museum of Art, selected 114 works by 85 artists for the exhibition.


Each year Lawndale Art Center invites a different guest juror to select the work submitted by artists living within 100 miles of Houston.  Artists are invited to bring up to three works of art, not previously shown in Houston, to Lawndale Art Center where the work is juried on-site for a chance to be included in the show and a shot at one of three cash prizes.  Emerging artists selected for The Big Show have received gallery representation and greater exposure for their work as a result including several artists scheduled for future exhibitions at Lawndale. In the upcoming 2012-2013 season, past Big Show artists Lillian Warren, James Ciosek and Jane Eifler will be featured in exhibitions at Lawndale. Buster Graybill, award recipient for the Big Show in 2009, was selected to participate in Artpace San Antonio's International Artist-in-Residence program in 2010. Eileen Maxson, recipient of the Texas Prize in 2005 first exhibited her winning video in the Big Show 2003.  First Prize in the 2003 Big Show went to Robert Pruitt whose work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial in New York City, NY. 

About the Guest Juror: 


Marco Antonini is Gallery Director at NURTUREart, a Brooklyn based nonprofit organization that provides exhibition opportunities and resources for emerging artists, curators, and public school students. While supervising NURTUREart's exhibitions, special events and publications, Antonini personally curated WE ARE:, an experimental series that showcased week-long projects by invited artists, curators and organizations for the entire Summer 2011. He is currently at work on another special program: ...Is This Free?, an investigation of the history, development and current status of "Free" art; this sprawling group exhibition will include artworks, ephemera and publications dating back to the late sixties, presented side by side with contemporary artworks, many of which commissioned by NURTUREart.

Alongside his work at NURTUREart, Antonini has remained active as an independent curator and writer. His exhibitions have been produced by Japan Society, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), ISE Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation, The Italian Cultural Center in New York, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Centro Cultural de Espana in Guatemala (CCE/G) and FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art. His reviews and interviews have appeared on Cura, ArtPulse, Flash Art, Whitehot Magazine, BMM, Drome, Contemporary, AroundPhotography and NYArts Magazine. His essays have been published on Cura, Occulto, PulseBerlin, Arte&Critica, BMM, as well as on many exhibition catalogs and exhibition-related publications.


About Lawndale Art Center:  


Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art. Lawndale is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by Houston artists. Lawndale presents exhibitions, lectures and events, and offers an annual residency program to further the creative exchange of ideas among Houston's diverse artistic, cultural and student communities.   

Address: 4912 Main St., Houston, TX 77002

For More Info or   

Gallery HoursMonday-Friday, 10-5; Saturday, 12-5; Closed Sunday


Viewing Dates: 
July 13 - August 11, 2012    

Press Contact: Dennis Nance, 713-528-5858, 



Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Cavnar Foundation, The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Anita and David Garten, Bruce Eames, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Jeryn & Walter Mayer, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, Gabriela Trzebinski, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Party With Cris, Poggenpohl Design Studio and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.



For more information on upcoming exhibitions and programs, please visit





All images are courtesy of the artist and Lawndale Art Center. Click on the image below for larger file. Visit our Flickr page for additional images. 


Kassandra Bergman
My St. Mark's Square, 2012  Enlarged photograph


Celia Butler
Sugar Gazing, 2011

Hogan Kimbrell
The Lion Tamer, 2012
Oil on canvas


Alexander Larsen
Taste/Feel, 2010

Angel Oloshove
Dream Mirror, 2012
High Fire porcelain stoneware with handcolored mason stained porcelain


Lucia Peña
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, 2012
Acrylic on canvas


For additional information, please contact: 
Dennis Nance


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