The Lawndale Artist Studio Program is generously supported by the John P. McGovern Foundation, The Cullen Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment, Inc. and Texas Commission on the Arts.

About the Lawndale Artist Studio Program

Established in 2006, the Lawndale Artist Studio Program offers residencies to Texas-based artists who are developing a practice in the visual arts.

The Artist Studio Program offers its residents access to a welcoming and vibrant community of working artists, curators, critics and patrons of contemporary art. The Artist Studio Program supports three artists annually; the residency term is nine months, from September to May. Residents receive a monthly stipend of $500, a materials allowance of $1,500 and 24-hour access to a private studio (approx. 250 square feet).

Each spring, Lawndale mounts an exhibition of Artist Studio Program residents' work produced during the residency term. In addition, each resident produces a minimum of one public program or artist workshop that engages the public with their respective artistic practices.

2016-2017 Resident Artist Announcement

Lawndale Art Center is pleased to announce the residents for the tenth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program.

Melinda Laszczynski received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Houston in 2015 and her BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2010.  She recently had solo shows at Cardoza Fine Art and galleryHOMELAND in Houston, TX. She has participated in group shows at multiple venues across Texas, including Galleri Urbane (Dallas), Lawndale Art Center (Houston), and was recently included in the 2015 Amarillo Museum of Art sculpture biennial. She has also shown at Forum Artspace in Cleveland, OH and SOHO20 in NY, NY. Her work is included in the collections of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, and UT Tyler in Tyler, Texas. Laszczynski was featured in New American Paintings MFA Annual #111 (2014) and #123 (2016).

Melinda Laszczynski's website

Randi Long received her BFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston in 2014. She was an artist in residence at Project Row Houses and Alabama Song in 2015. Long collaborated with Gabriel Martinez and James Racliffe for the project Noise Truck, which received an Idea Fund Award in 2016 and 1st Place, Grand Trophy for Best Music, at the Orange Show’s 2016 Art Car Parade. Long has performed in projects with Nameless Sounds at AvantGarten, DiverseWorks and MECA.

Sarah Welch is an artist, illustrator and comix-maker. After receiving her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and moving to Houston in 2012, she began the ongoing comic book series, Endless Monsoon. Welch is a recently initiated co-organizer with Zine Fest Houston and regularly published prints, zines and comics in collaboration with local print shop, Mystic Multiples. She is a past Idea Fund recipient and former resident with UT Dallas CentralTrak. The latest chapter of the Endless Monsoon saga will be released as part of an exhibition at Rice University’s Emergency Room Gallery in fall 2016.

Sarah Welch's website

The 2016-2017 residents were selected by Natasha Bowdoin, Artist & Lawndale Programming Committee member; Evan Garza, Assistant Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art; and Lynne McCabe, Artist & former Artist Studio Program participant.

2017–2018 Application

Applications for the 2017-2018 Lawndale Artist Studio Program will be available in the spring of 2017. Please joing our mailing list for information on this and other artist opportunities.



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2016 Día de los Muertos Program
Friday, October 28 to Saturday, November 5, 2016

Papel Picado Workshop
Sunday, October 30, 2015
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Musical and Literary Ofrenda
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
6 PM
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History and Symbolism of Ofrenda
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
6 PM
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History, Memory and Personal Narratives
Thursday, November 3, 2016
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Saturday, November 5, 2016
11 AM to 4 PM
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Friday, November 11 to Thursday, December 22, 2016


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