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The Big Show 2017
Lawndale Art Center

May, 2017

Application DeadlineJune 11, 2017 (Midnight - Central Standard Time)
Exhibition On View: July 7 - August 12, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, July 7, 2017, 6 - 8 PM,  Awards announced at 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free
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.

The 2017 iteration of The Big Show will be juried by Toby Kamps, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Menil Collection.
Organizing Theme

It is a truism that life moves fast and that change is a constant. In the 21 st century, rates of change in our ecological, economic, and political lives are accelerating are increasing at breakneck speed. Even consciousness itself is under constant pressure as new technologies transfer images, messages, and memes from the screen to the mind at the speed of light.

Introducing the "Rate of Change" as its organizing principle, The Big Show 2017 seeks works of art addressing change - in its myriad forms - and made within the last change-filled year.

Awards totaling $3,000 will be announced at the opening reception on July 7, 2017.

  • The Big Show is open to artists living within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale Art Center.
  • Each artist may submit up to one (1) original artworks completed within the last one (1) year.
  • Work must fit through the 6' 9" x 4' 11" entryway and cannot exceed 200 pounds in weight.
  • Works previously exhibited in Houston or created in art classes will be disqualified.
  • All works must be exhibition ready and include proper hanging hardware. Works that are not stable enough to endure the exhibition may be disqualified.
  • All works must be available for the duration of the exhibition.
Application Requirements
  • All works must be submitted online via
  • Applications will be accepted through June 11, 2017 (Midnight - Central Standard Time).
  • There is no submission fee.
  • Artists may submit up to one (1) work. Submit only one (1) representative image, along with the image captions (title, medium and dimensions). Images should be .jpeg format (minimum size of 4" x 6" at 300 dpi). Do not submit detail images.
  • Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
  • Click here to apply.
Accepted Works
  • Artists will be notified by June 16, 2017 of their application status.
  • Accepted works must be delivered to Lawndale Thursday, June 29 (8 AM - 8 PM) and Friday, June 30, 2017 (8 AM - 12 PM).
We strongly encourage you to apply early. If you are having trouble using the online application system, please don't hesitate to call us at 713-528-5858 during office hours (Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 5 PM) or email with questions.
Toby Kamps  

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
The Menil Collection

Toby Kamps, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection, Houston, has organized solo exhibitions of work by artists including Vanessa Beecroft, Ellsworth Kelly, Danny Lyon, Claes Oldenburg, Haim Steinbach, Luc Tuymans, H.C. Westermann, Wols (Wolfgang Schulze), William N. Copley, and Torolab, a Tijuana design collective.
He has organized numerous group exhibition and catalogue projects such as Silence, Small World: Dioramas in Contemporary ArtSpace Is the Place, and, with a team, Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art. His exhibitions The Old, Weird America and From Baja to Bar Harbor, won best traveling exhibition nationally and best regional university gallery project awards from the U.S. and New England sections of the International Association of Art Critics, respectively. 

In previous curatorial positions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, the ICA at Maine College of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, he has served on leadership teams and committees, managed membership groups, and developed programs and partnerships with other organizations. A graduate of the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and the Getty Museum Leadership Institute, he has written for exhibition catalogues, monographs, and magazines. Currently, Kamps serves as advisor to the Spotlight section of the Frieze and Frieze Masters art fairs in New York and London, respectively. Spotlight features one-person exhibitions of work by twentieth-century artists from around the world.
Gallery Hours
Monday & Tuesday: Closed; By Appointment Only
Wednesday: 12 - 6 PM
Thursday: 12 - 8 PM
Friday: 12 - 6 PM
Saturday: 12 - 5 PM
Sunday: 12 - 5 PM

Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002


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