Lawndale Art Center, a Houston-based non-profit gallery for contemporary art in all media, is dedicated to exhibiting works by Houston area artists.
James Surls, an artist, founded Lawndale Art Center in 1979 in an abandoned warehouse measuring 100,000 square feet (9,300m2). The warehouse was part of the University of Houston and provided studio space for graduate students in sculpture and painting. Surls, at the time Professor of Art, created an area for exhibitions within Lawndale's 15,000 sq. ft (1,400m2) of space. Soon, other artists were invited to exhibit there.
Lawndale Art Center was established in 1989 as an independent non-profit organization. It is located in Houston's Museum District in a 1930s Art Deco building that Joseph Finger designed. Each year, the galleries present close to 500 artists in changing exhibitions.
Annual events include the Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead/Design Fair and The Big Show.
Lawndale is managed by a board representing the community. At least one third of the residents are artists. Volunteers, interns, and in-kind donors are essential to the success of special events, exhibitions, and benefits.
The Lawndale Artist Studio Program offers a nine-month residency where artists receive studio space, a monthly allowance, and a stipend. Artists create new work in preparation for a spring show.Houston TX Beer Can House
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