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

The Lawndale Artist Studio Program is part of Lawndale’s ongoing commitment to support the creation of contemporary art by Gulf Coast area artists. With an emphasis on emerging practices, the program provides three artists with studio space on the third floor of Lawndale Art Center at 4912 Main Street in the heart of Houston’s Museum District.

The Lawndale Artist Studio Program is a nine month residency (September-May). Artists have full access to their studios 24 hours a day, seven days a week; access to visiting artists, writers and curators; and receive a $500 monthly stipend for the duration of the program together with an initial $1500 materials allowance. During the residency, participating artists present workshops or presentations to the general public and the local arts community to share their practice or explore a related topic.

Works produced during the program are exhibited at Lawndale Art Center in May each year. Lawndale Art Center works with resident artists to create additional exhibition opportunities during the residency.

The Lawndale Artist Studio program is generously supported by the John P. McGovern Foundation.

2015–2016 Studio Program Artists Announcement

Lawndale Art Center is pleased to announce the residents for the tenth round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program.  Artists selected for the program are Bradly Brown, Cobra McVey and Anthony Sonnenberg. The 2015-2016 residents were selected from 101 applicants by a panel of three arts professionals; Emily Peacock, Artist, 2013-2014 Lawndale Studio Artist & Lawndale Programming Committee Member; Bob Snead, Artist & Executive Director, Press Street, New Orleans; and Clint Willour, Curator, Galveston Arts Center.

The residency will begin September 1, 2015 and conclude with an exhibition by the artists in May 2016. Save the date for an informal artist talk with the new residents on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 6 PM.

About the Artists:

Bradly Brown received his BFA in Photography from the University of North Texas in 2002. Soon after graduation Brown relocated to New York to work as a photographer and designer. In 2011 Brown returned to Texas to receive his MFA in sculpture from Texas Christian University where he co-founded the artist collective HOMECOMING! Committee, and began working as art-director for semigloss. Magazine. His work has been exhibited at the The Dallas Contemporary, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Hiroshima City University and was included in the 2013 Berlin Becher Triennial and the 2014 Dallas Biennial. Brown received the Fort Worth Weekly’s Visionary Award (2014), Mercedes Benz Financial Service Scholarship (2013) and the Bean Distinguished Lecture Series, St. Anselm College (2008).

Cobra McVey is a multi-media artist whose practice includes 2D, 3D, video, and performance art. She uses found objects and recycled synthetic materials in combination with traditional art making techniques to create futuristic environments that reference contemporary culture. McVey is the lead singer and guitarist for Winelord, a female punk rock trio hatched from the same B-movie aesthetic that influences her visual art. She is also co-founder, costume maker, and a major dancer of The Bar-B-Que Gang Dance Troupe, an enterprise that combines design and performance. McVey received an MFA from the University of Georgia in 2012 and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University, The Vermont Studio Center and Houston’s Post-Studio Projects. She has lived in Massachusetts and Arizona, but now considers Houston, Texas, home. Her work has been screened at festivals and exhibited nationally. Winelord’s album, III, is available online and at record stores across the United States.

Anthony Sonnenberg was born and raised in Graham Texas. After receiving his BA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, he received his MFA at the University of Washington at Seattle in 2012. His work which ranges from porcelain to performance has been shown nationally and internationally in institutions such as the Seattle Art Museum, the 2011 and 2013 Texas Biennials, and most recently, the Shelburne Museum. Having recently returned to Texas, Sonnenberg looks forward to having first time solo exhibitions at Conduit Gallery (Dallas) this fall and Art Palace Gallery (Houston) in 2016.

2016–2017 Studio Program Application

Applications for the 2015-2016 Lawndale Artist Studio Program will be available in the spring of 2015. Please joing our mailing list for information on this and other artist opportunities.



4912 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002

T  713.528.5858
F  713.528.4140

Monday–Friday 10 AM–5 PM
Saturday 12–5 PM
Closed Sunday

Free Exhibition Admission

Contact Us


Support Lawndale Today!

Become a Member


Recent News

Retablo tins are now available!

2015-2016 Lawndale Artist Studio Program Residents Announced


Coming Up

Call for Exhibition Proposals
DEADLINE: September 15, 2015 (Midnight - Central Standard Time)

2015-2016 Lawndale Artist Studio Program Artist Talk
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
6 PM

28th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration
October 17 - November 7, 2015


Member of Greater Houston CVB


Lawndale Art Center

Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art.

    Join our mailing list!