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The Big Show Award Announcement & ParticipatingArtists
Lawndale Art Center

August, 2016

Lawndale Art Center is pleased to announce The Big Show 2016 award recipientselected by guest jurors Apsara DiQuinzio, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator of the BAMPFA (Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive), and Tina Kukielski, Executive Director of ART21.
The $3000 award, generously underwritten by Kathrine McGovern/McGovern Foundation, was presented to Katya Vassilyeva for the piece titled First Cause.

A total of 105 works by 87 artists were selected for the exhibition from 1,389 works submitted by 517 artists. Artists selected for the exhibition include: 

Fariba AbedinIsela Aguirre, Ann Albritton, Ariana Andrei, Daniela Antelo in collaboration with Clay Zapalac, Alphonse Argieard, Chris BakaySteven Baptiste, Amaechina Blot, Maria T. Bodelon-Nelson, Tania BotelhoCelan BouilletAllen BourneSusan BudgeCarolina BuitragoErick CalderonCarlos Canul, Jorge Canul, Tracy CarlsonMary H. CaseLindy ChambersMichelle Chen-DubosePeter ChokLim Chung, Dominic Clay, Angela CorsonShannon Crider, Jessica Crowl, Marky Dewhirst, William Dixon, Adrienne Duncan, Roslyn M. Dupre', Noah Edmundson, Kwanzaa Edwards, Karen EiseleTatiana EscallonDiane FraserGao Hang, Yvonne Gerych, Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola, David P. Gray, Wanda Harding, Nina HaysMarcos HdezJimmy HinesRhonda HollemanHedwige JacobsChristy Karll, James Kerley, Hogan KimbrellIva KinnairdKoerieJoan Laughlin, Maureen Lax, Beth LeBlancPatti LennonMarie LetermeDenise LieblLulu LinWyatt LittleD.W. LongtinMax ManningColleen MaynardKelly O'BrienAranxa OrtegaJohn Oualline, Quentin Pace, Annette PalmerPage PilandChasity PorterAlejandro Rosas, Penelope Ross, Robert Ruello, Ann Randolph Sandberg, Rajab SayedA. M. SchaerMireille SchellhornWade SchmitzCassie SkellyMegan Spacek, Stacy Anne Tracy, Rosa Valdovinos, Justin Varner, Katya Vassilyeva, Elise Weber, William Witte and Adrienne Wong
The Big Show will be on view at Lawndale Art Center through August 27, 2016.  

All images are courtesy of the artist and Lawndale Art Center. Click on the image below for larger file.
John M. O'Quinn Gallery Installation View
Grace R. Cavnar Gallery Installation View
Cecily E. Horton Gallery Installation View
Award Winner
Katya Vassilyeva
First Cause, 2014
Ink on paper
16.5" x 10"

The Big Show is an annual juried exhibition showcasing new work in all media by artists living within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale Art Center.


Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator Apsara DiQuinziojoined BAMPFA (Berkley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive) in the fall of 2012, and since then has organized over a dozen exhibitions, including Color Shift;Ballet of Heads: The Figure in the Collection, and MATRIX exhibitions with Nicole Eisenman, Paz Errázuriz, Anna Maria Maiolino, Geta Brătescu, John Zurier, Eric Baudelaire, Tarek Atoui, and many others. Before coming to BAMPFA, she was assistant curator of painting and sculpture at SFMOMA, where she organized solo exhibitions with Trisha Donnelly, Vincent Fecteau, R.H. Quaytman, and Paul Sietsema, as well as the major group exhibitions Six Lines of Flight: Shifting Geographies in Contemporary Art and The Air We Breathe: Artists and Poets Reflect on Marriage Equality. Prior to SFMOMA, DiQuinzio worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she co-organized the 2004 Whitney Biennial, among numerous other exhibitions. She has contributed to journals such as ArtforumMousseCura, and The Exhibitionist, in addition to writing for many exhibition catalogs.

Tina Kukielski is executive director of Art21, a nonprofit art organization specializing in digital media about contemporary art, and a curator and writer based in New York City. She has previously held curatorial positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art, and has independently curated art projects around the world. She was a co-curator of the acclaimed2013 Carnegie Internationaland was recently included in a list of "25 Women Curators Shaking Things Up" by She is curating the first museum exhibition of artist Susan Te Kahurangi King for the ICA Miami.


Lawndale Art Center is an alternative art space founded in 1979. For over 36 years, Lawndale has dedicated itself to the support of contemporary art with a particular focus on the work of Houston and Texas-based artists.

Address: 4912 Main St., Houston, TX  77002
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Gallery HoursMonday-Friday, 10-5; Saturday, 12-5; Closed Sunday
Exhibition on view: 
July 22 - August 27, 2016
Press Contact: Dennis Nance, 713-528-5858,
Lawndale Art Center is generously supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, Felvis Foundation, Houston Endowment, the City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, Kathrine McGovern/John P. McGovern Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Don Sanders and Laura Moore, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Texas Commission on the Arts, United Airlines, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., and Lawndale's Board of Directors, members and volunteers.


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