Application Deadline: May 25, 2012

Lawndale is pleased to announce the seventh year of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program. The 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 will provides three artists with non-residential studio space on the third floor of the Lawndale Art Center at 4912 Main Street in the heart of Houston's Museum District.

Artists have full access to their non-residential studios 24 hours a day, seven days a week, access to visiting artists, writers and curators. They will receive a $500 monthly stipend for the duration of the program and an initial $1500 materials budget. If accepted, artists are expected to spend a minimum of 16 hours a week in the studio. Each artist will also be expected to present a workshop to the general public and the local arts community to share their practice or explore a related topic.

At the completion of the residency, the works produced during the 2012-2013 program will be exhibited at Lawndale Art Center in May 2013. Lawndale Art Center will work with resident artists to create additional exhibition opportunities during their residency.


The term of the studio residency program will be nine months beginning September 1, 2012 and ending May 31, 2013. Residents are expected to work a minimum of 16 hours each week in their studios.


Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be 18 years or older and not enrolled in any degree program. The residency is open to all artists, with an emphasis on artists from the Gulf Coast region. Lawndale welcomes applications from artists in all stages of their careers. Former residents, Lawndale staff, current members of the Lawndale Board of Directors and those who have served in the past year, as well as artists currently scheduled to exhibit at Lawndale are not eligible to apply.


A non-refundable application fee of $20 is due with the application and is payable by check or money order.


All application materials are due at Lawndale Art Center by May 25, 2012 by 5 PM. Please note this is not a postmark deadline.


Successful applicants will be notified no later than July 16, 2012.


The three residents will be selected by a three-person panel of arts professionals. The selection will be based on the quality of submitted work samples, statement of intent and references.


Click here to download the 2012-2013 application form.


Each studio program applicant shall submit an application form, together with a $20 application fee and a CD labeled with the artist's name, containing the following:

1. One page statement of intent to include:
   A. Description of how the residency will benefit you and your work
   B. Description of prospective public skills workshop or presentation

2. Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

3. Image List (if applicable) indicating title of work, year completed, dimensions and medium.

4. 6 DIGITAL IMAGES ordered in viewing priority. Image files must be in jpeg (*.jpg) format, no larger than 2048 x 1536 pixels at 72 dpi. Please submit only images and not Powerpoint presentations, Adobe slideshows or other additional software. For video, send no more than ten minutes of video on DVD or CD able to be played using Windows Media Player, QuickTime or a home DVD player.

All written material should be submitted digitally as Microsoft Word (*.doc) or Adobe PDF (*.pdf) documents and should be readable using Microsoft Windows XP or earlier software. All materials must be in digital formats to ensure review by the Juror Panel.

Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope for return of materials is optional. If not included, materials will be discarded after review.


All materials and $20 application fee should be submitted to Lawndale Art Center either by mail or hand delivered no later than May 25, 2012 at 5 PM (this is not a postmark deadline).


Lawndale Artist Studio Program
Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

For questions please email dnance@lawndaleartcenter.org.

2012-2013 JURORS

Dean Daderko
Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Dean Daderko is Curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH). His first exhibition at CAMH, It is what it is. Or is it? addresses the readymade in contemporary art, seeing the form less as a static object, and more as one that unites objects with subtle conceptual exercises that change our perception of them. As an independent curator, Daderko has curated exhibitions and programs for Artists’ Space, Art in General, Visual AIDS and The Kitchen in New York; the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania; and the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He currently leads the graduate seminar Queer Strategies at Yale University, and has also taught and lectured at Cooper Union in New York, Centro de Investigaciones Artisticas in Buenos Aires, and M.I.T. Daderko’s writing has appeared in publications by Rutgers University, The Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio, and The Americas’ Society. He is the recipient of a 2008-09 Curatorial Research Fellowship from the French American Cultural Exchange, which took him to Paris to research the foundational work of the artist and performer Gina Pane, and in 2010 was the Curator of the Americas In Residence at the Fonderie Darling in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In his practice he is dedicated to creating productive opportunities for exchange between art, artists, and audiences.

Sharon Engelstein, Artist

Sharon Engelstein was born in Montreal Canada and has lived many places. She graduated with an MFA in sculpture from the Claremont Graduate School in California, and came directly to Houston when offered a fellowship with Glassell School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has since been included in countless exhibitions in Houston and around the country. She began teaching at the University of Houston almost immediately after finishing the Core Residency program at the Museum of Fine Arts in 1992 and later taught at the University of Texas at Austin. She has also lectured extensively around the country at various institutions including the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, UT San Antonio, California College of Art, The Menil Collection, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

In 1995 Engelstein received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. In 1996 she had a solo exhibition at Texas Gallery and in the following years had numerous solo exhibitions around the country (Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Glassell School of Art, Houston; Locust Projects, Miami; Elias Fine Art, Boston; Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, and The Suburban, Chicago). She has been in numerous group shows all around the country (Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, Miami, Baltimore and Seattle). In 2002 she participated in the International Artist in Residence Program at Art Pace in San Antonio, and has received awards from the Canada Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Cultural Arts Council of Houston Harris County.

 In 2010 Sharon finished a public sculpture for the City of Houston, and she is currently working with Houston’s Metro Light rail on several station designs. She has an upcoming solo shows at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey and Devin Borden Gallery Houston.

Adrienne Johnson Yost
Senior Associate Kinzelman Art Consulting
Lawndale Programming Committee Chair

Adrienne Johnson Yost has been with Kinzelman Art Consulting since May of 2005 where she is a senior associate. Throughout her six and a half years at Kinzelman, she has advised collectors, from the beginner to the well seasoned, in the acquisition of single works of art as well as in the building of major, large-scale collections.  She has also curated and arranged several rotating exhibitions for Kinzelman Art clients. Before joining Kinzelman she worked as a registrar and exhibitions coordinator at a well-respected contemporary Houston art gallery.

Adrienne attended Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she earned her BFA in Art History in 2003 and completed an intensive art-history program in Siena, Italy via Vanderbilt University in 2002. Adrienne is also active in the community and finds involvement within the nonprofit art and architecture communities to be valuable volunteer and learning opportunities. She currently serves on the Lawndale Art Center Programming Committee, the Rice Design Alliance Programming Committee and the William A. Graham Artist Emergency Fund Board and is a member of ArtTable.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012
5:30-6:30 PM

This workshop will introduce the Lawndale Artist Studio Program to prospective applicants, including a short presentation about the program and application guidelines. The workshop is optional for program applicants.

For questions please email dnance@lawndaleartcenter.org.

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