The Big Show 2013
July 12 - August 10

Opening Reception
Friday, July 12, 2013, 6:30-8:30 PM
Awards announced at 7 PM
DJ set by Night Drive
Complimentary beverages provided by Bombay Sapphire World Bazaar and Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
Ladybird food truck and PhotoMoto will also be onsite


The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried exhibition. It has been an important venue through which emerging and under-represented Houston area artists gain exposure since the show's conception in 1984. The Big Show was formerly the East End Show, sponsored by the East End Progress Association, at Lawndale's original location.

Each year Lawndale Art Center invites a guest juror to select from 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 $3,000 in cash awards.

The Big Show 2013 award winners selected by guest juror, Duncan MacKenzie, Artist/Critic/Writer and Co-Founder of Bad at Sports, were announced at the opening reception on July 12, 2013. Three $1,000 awards were given to:

Perry Chandler
Avril Falgout
Bryan Forrester

For this year's exhibition, a total of 83 works by 67 artists were selected by juror Duncan Mackenzie, Artist/Critic/Writer and Co-Founder of Bad at Sports, for the exhibition from 922 works submitted by 366 artists. Artists selected for the exhibition include:

Hannah Adams, John Adelman, Alonso Bedolla, Kari Breitigam, Adrian Landon Brooks, Chadwick + Spector, Raina Chamberlain, Perry Chandler, Monica Chhay, JooYoung Choi, K.C. Collins, Felipe Contreras, Terry Crump, Andy Dearwater, Alex Larsen and Alexander DiJulio, Jennifer Ellison, Avril Falgout, Bryan Forrester, Kelli Foster, Caitlin Fredette, Luna Gajdos, Daniela Galindo, Bryan Keith Gardner, Matthew Glover, Nerissa Gomez, David P. Gray, Carrie Green Markello, Casey Arguelles Gregory, Sarah Hamilton, Jorge Imperio, Jenna Jacobs, Sandra A. Jacobs, Jeremy Keas, Bradley Kerl, Galina Kurlat, Marilyn Faulk Lanser, Melinda Laszczynski, Joan Laughlin, Eva Martinez, David McClain, Leo Medrano, Susannah Mira, Kia Neill, Mari Omori, Bernice Peacock, Eric Pearce, Ellen Phillips, Page Piland, Julon Pinkston, Eduardo Portillo, Cintia Rico, Natalie Rodgers, Darcy Rosenberger, Nana Sampong, Kay Sarver, John Slaby, Rosalind Speed, Earl Staley, Adair Stephens, Alexine O. Stevens, Saralene Tapley, Happy Valentine, David H. Waddell, Camille Warmington, Chantal Wnuk, Martin Wnuk and Tera Yoshimura




Duncan MacKenzie, Artist/Critic/Writer
and Co-Founder of Bad at Sports
Chicago, IL

Duncan MacKenzie is an Artist, Pundit, Educator and a Founding Member/Producer of Bad at Sports ( His works have appeared in galleries all over the world including Canada, Australia, The United States of America, New Zealand, Estonia and England.

Bad at Sports, a project he began with Richard Holland in 2005, is one of the USA largest arts resources and continues to grow every week, currently sharing an archive of 350 hours worth of audio documenting the art history of Chicago, New York City and San Francisco, and over 2000
posts by the best art writers in Chicago.

His work has been discussed in Flash Art, Art Forum, the New York Times, Time Out and many other venues. He is the author of over 250 interviews and has worked with such people as Rodney Graham, Kerry James Marshall, Francesco Bonami, Luc Tuymans, James Elkins, Julie Ault, Carol Becker, James Rondeau, Jeff Wall, and Gavin Turk. He currently enjoys a posting as an Assistant Professor in Art + Design at Columbia College Chicago.

The Big Slide Show

Wednesday & Thursday, July 31 & August 1, 2013
6 PM
The Big Slide Show
Join Lawndale and Houston's talented Big Show artists for short, informal presentations about their work.  Presentations start at 6 PM each night at Lawndale Art Center. Come early as seating is limited.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
John Adelman
Kari Breitigam
Adrian Landon Brooks
Felipe Contreras
Jennifer Ellison
Avril Falgout
Luna Gajdos
Jeremy Keas
Galina Kurlat
Melinda Laszczynski
David McClain
Susannah Mira
Julon Pinkston
Eduardo Portillo
Kay Sarver
John Slaby
Alexine O. Stevens
Martin Wnuk

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Perry Chandler
JooYoung Choi
K.C. Collins
Bryan Forrester
Jenna Jacobs
Carrie Markello
Leo Medrano
Mari Omori
Bernice Peacock
Ellen Phillips
Natalie Rodgers
Nana Sampong
Rosalind Speed
Chadwick + Spector
Adair Stephens
Happy Valentine
Camille Warmington

Be a Big Show Sponsor

Your generosity provides funding for Lawndale's many free programs and directly supports artists all year. Your financial support also helps to cover Big Show expenses such as the production and printing of the catalogue, the juror's honorarium and cash awards for the artists.

To find out more about making a donation, please download our Donor Packet, contact us at 713.528.5858 or email

Donate now via Paypal!


Many thanks to our Big Show 2013 sponsors!
as of July 8, 2013

Whole Foods Market

Scott R. Sparvero

Karol Kreymer & Robert J. Card
David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation

Jereann Chaney
GDF Suez
Tim Kollatschny & Stephen Goldberg
Mary Morrison
H. Irving Schweppe Jr. MD

Art Supply on Main
Demetre P. Grivas
Kerry Inman
Frazier King
Edward Korompai
One Arm Red
Page Southerland Page LLP
H. Russell Pitman

Jonathan Beitler
James Bell
Minnette & Peter Boesel
Molly Bradford
Edward Cooper
Julie Farr
Fredrica & William Fester
Totsy Gano
Beverly & Wayne Gilbert
Candice & Nick Goodwin
Rob Greenstein
G G Hsieh & Mark Hausknecht
Mary & George Hawkins
Richard E. Fluhr & Rudy Hernandez
Caroline & Ben Jansen
Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Jewell & Joseph Ragsdale
SBS Manufacturing
Richard Stout
Misty Barnett Trahan & Chris Trahan
Christine & Ramon West
Clint Willour

Bombay Sapphire World Bazaar
KIND Healthy Snacks
Paula Murphy
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
United Airlines


Big Thanks to Our Volunteers!

We would like to extend our BIGgest thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers we have had the opportunity to work with during every aspect of The Big Show. These individuals generously donated their time, energy and love for Lawndale. We absolutely could not have done it without them!

John Adelman, Max Anderson, Victoria Atkinson, Fabiola Bautista, Imelda Bettinger, Lisa Brooks, Chris Cascio, Steffi Cummings, Terri Cummings, Ashley DeHoyos, Michael DelaFlor, Chloe Espenan, Lacy Fontenot, Wendy Franklin, Elizabeth Gahn, Ken General, Stephen Goldberg, Candice Goodwin, Corinne Goyette, Tommy Gregory, Sarah Hazel, Lynette Henry, Lainie Jasko, Adrienne Johnson Yost, Carol Jones, Kerry Jordan, Anastasia Kirages, Tim Kollatschny, Larry Larrinaga, Cheryl Link, Eldon Luo, Apama Mackey, Kendra Madison, Gabriel Martinez, Beatriz Martinez, Cheryl Meade, Imelda Mendez, Bill Nantz, Katelyn Newman, Mari Omori, Desiree Palacios, Alban Proietto, Britt Ragsdale, Christine Ramsey, Cary Reeder, Andrea Rodriguez, Darcy Rosenberger, Suzanne Shield-Polk, Yvonne Silva, Taylor Smith, Madilyn Stein, Phillip Tran, Linsey Whitehead, Amanda Wiggins, Lita Wills and Katia Zavistovski

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