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Lawndale Art Center Press Release: 26th Annual Día de los Muertos Events
Lawndale Art Center Houston

September, 2013

26th Annual Día de los Muertos
For Immediate Release

Lawndale Art Center's
26th Annual Día de los Muertos /Day of the Dead 

Houston, TX - Lawndale Art Center is pleased to present its 26th Annual Día de los Muertos programs, a celebration of the art, music and folklife of Mexico. For over twenty years Lawndale Art Center has presented an annual open call, non-juried exhibition that celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos in a contemporary context. This program supports area artists and students by offering them an opportunity to show their works to diverse audiences in a museum quality setting. Over the years additional programming has been developed to educate audiences and encourage dialogue in celebration of Mexican-American heritage in our region. Día de los Muertos programs and exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center promote cultural awareness of Mexican folk art practices associated with this celebration of family, life and community.


Retablo & Student Exhibitions 

October 21 - November 9, 2013 


Gala / Retablo Silent Auction

Friday, October 25, 2013, 7 - 9 PM

Member and Sponsor Preview, 6 - 7 PM


Musical Ofrenda

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Performances begin at 6:15 PM


Sugar Skull Workshop

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, Demonstrations at 6 and 6:30 PM


Family Day Fiesta

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 12 - 4 PM


Papel Picado Workshop

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 6PM


Click here to download this press release. 

For images, click on the images below, visit our Flickr page for past Día de los Muertos events or


exhibitionRetablo & Student Exhibitions

On view October 21 - November 9, 2013


In 1988, Lawndale Art Center presented its first annual Día de los Muertosexhibition of retablos: small art works inspired by the traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. It is now one of Lawndale's most popular programs that reaches out to communities across the region. Lawndale invites artists and the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8" x 10" pieces of sheet metal. These retablos are then sold at the gala to benefit both Lawndale and the artists. Many well-known Houston and nationally known artists participate; the exhibition attracts a large audience and the gala is one of the most fun parties in Houston! Día de los Muertos is Lawndale's only open-call, non-juried exhibition. The retablo silent auction is our single largest fundraising event of the year.


Lawndale encourages teachers to educate their students about important aspects of Mexican culture and their related art practices and offers schools the opportunity to display their work in our Cavnar and Horton galleries. In past years, students have submitted projects such as sugar skulls, papel picado, papier mache skeletons, retablos, altars and other large-scale installations. Work by Houston area schools will be on view in the Horton and Cavnar Galleries.


galaGala / Silent Auction

Friday, October 25, 2013, 7 - 9PM

Member and Sponsor Preview, 6 - 7PM

Event Chairs: Denise Furlough, John Andell and David Thomas 

Admission: $50 / $35 for Lawndale members 

The festivities begin with a silent auction Friday, October 25. The auction of retablos, created and donated by nearly 250 Texas artists, will feature contemporary interpretations of this traditional, devotional art. Guests will also enjoy Día de los Muertos exhibitions in the Cavnar and Horton galleries which feature the works of Houston school children. Complimentary food and drink provided for attending guests by local restaurants.


Tickets available at the door or in advance via PayPal or by calling 713-528-5858. Please call for Lawndale Member rate. 


Sarah Atwood & Brian Neal Sensabaugh
Ted R. Bowen IV
Kelly & Jay Cliburn
Cassye D. Cook
Claire & David de Roode
Hannah Holmes & Jed English
Tony Essalih
Ember & Jon Paul Hull
Christina & Alan Knust
Tanzania Lockhart
Preston Luster
Megan Marse
Sharon & Errol McLaughlin
Meghan Miller
Anne Paternostro
Maidie Ryan
Kristin Schuster
David Thomas
Christina & Dusty Wilkerson


Preview the exhibition Monday, October 21 - Thursday, October 24 during normal gallery hours.


ofrendaMusical Ofrenda 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 5:30 - 7:30PM 

Performances begin at 6:15PM    

Join us for an evening of celebration and remembrance. During Día de los Muertos families create ofrendas or altars to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. A River Oaks Chamber Orchestra chamber group and Musiqa composers will present short original contemporary, classic compositions as musical ofrendas. Inprint will also present original readings written in the tradition of making an offering during the Día de los Muertoscelebrations. This event is a partnership between ROCOInprintMusiqa andLawndale Art Center.


sugarskullSugar Skull Workshop

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, Demonstrations at 6 and 6:30 PM


In conjunction with our 26th Annual Día de los Muertos celebration, Lawndale Art Center is offering a sugar skull making workshop. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is requested as space is limited. To register, please email Bring a bag of sugar and add it to the mix or just drop in for a quick demonstration. All participants may take home one sugar skull and a printed recipe.


During the workshop, participants will be making blank (undecorated) skulls for use during the Family Day Fiesta. If you would like to decorate a sugar skull, please join us on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 12-4 PM.


fiestaFamily Day Fiesta

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 12 - 4 PM

Admission: Free


Lawndale's 26th annual Día de los Muertos celebration continues with a Saturday fiesta honoring participating teachers and students whose works of art can be viewed in the Cavnar and Horton galleries.  Sugar skulls, papel picado, papier mache skeletons, retablos, altars and large-scale installations are just a few of the many projects on display.  Guests will enjoy hot chocolate and pan de muerto and various children's activities, such as decorating sugar skulls, along with performances by Mixteco Ballet Folklorico.


papelpicadoPapel Picado Workshop

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 6 PM


Houston art educator and Lawndale supporter, Jean King, will lead a papel picado workshop free and open to the public as part of this year's Día de los Muertos celebration.  Visitors will not only learn about the traditional art of Mexican paper cutting from one of the best, but will also get to create and take home their own unique perforated paper creation.   



Funds raised in support of Lawndale's 26th Annual Día de los Muertos help underwrite the cost of presenting programs that celebrate cultural traditions of Mexico. These events foster pride and appreciation in one's own heritage and encourage tolerance and understanding. Contributions also fund Lawndale's free programs throughout the year and allow us to continue serving as one of Houston's leading contemporary arts spaces. 

To find out more about making a donation to this year's Día de los Muertos, please download our Donor Packet , contact us at 713.528.5858 or by email at


Donate now via PayPal!




Many thanks to our Día de los Muertos sponsors!

as of September 18, 2013


Jen & Steve Dolman
Jackie Gordon
Mary Morrison
Nicole & Joey Romano

H. Irving Schweppe Jr MD 

Stacy & John Andell
James Bell
Jereann Chaney
Denise Furlough
Mr. & Mrs. Jason R. Gaines
Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Rob Greenstein
Pamela & Tim Jahnke
Frazier King
Gundi McCandless
Anne & Joe Romano

Katherine & Mark Yzaguirre

Lilly & Thurmon Andress in honor of Denise Furlough
Marilyn & Terry Brooks

Beverly & John Frannea


Saint Arnold Brewing Company


About Día de los Muertos:
Every year, according to Mexican folk tradition, the living honor the return of the souls of dead family and friends on November 1 and November 2. The first of November is reserved for the return of departed children and the second for adults. The living celebrate the return of the dead with elaborate home altars and graveside arrangements composed of the deceased's favorite foods and keepsakes.  For more information on 
Día de los Muertos as celebrated in Mexico as well as at Lawndale Art Center, please visit our Día de los Muertos Teacher's Resource page.

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.


For More Info: 



Gallery Hours:

Monday-Friday, 10-5; Saturday, 12-5; Closed Sunday



Admission to exhibitions are always free


Exhibition on View:

October 21 - November 9, 2013


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 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, Chinhui Juhn and Edward R Allen III, Bevin and Dan Dubrowksi, Bruce Eames, Anita and David Garten, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Jeryn and Walter Mayer, Paula Murphy, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, Gabriela Trzebinski, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Poggenpohl Design Studio and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


For additional information, please contact: 

Dennis Nance



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