THE BIG SHOW 2014
LAWNDALE ART CENTER HOUSTON, TEXAS
July 11 – August 9, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, July 11, 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM
Juror: Erin Elder, Visual Arts Director, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
STUDIO # 321 ART & DESIGN EVA GRAF in the blog of LAWNDALE ART CENTER, Houston.
About this great show:
This is Lawndel’s BIGGEST opening of the year, so come prepared to have a good time and literally rub elbows with the rest of the Houston art community. The juror for this year’s “The Big Show” at Lawndale Art Center is Erin Elder, visual art director at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center’s annual open-call, juried exhibition. The Big Show was formerly the East End Show, sponsored by the East End Progress Association, at Lawndale’s original location.
Elder saw 981 original submissions by 392 artists.
Of those, 115 works by 106 different artists made it into the show.
“It is truly inspiring to learn that so many people express themselves creatively through visual art,”
says Christine West, Lawndale’s executive director.
“Whether they choose to make a living doing it, do it as a hobby or do it simply because they have a basic need to create — because they simply have to.
”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.
About the Juror
Erin Elder is the Visual Art Director of Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. Prior to taking this post in 2012, she worked as an independent curator, writer, and teacher for over twelve years, cultivating interests in experimental collaboration, sense of place, and expanded notions of culture.
Her research has focused on counter-cultural education and art practices, with particular interest in those activities happening in the 1960s American Southwest. Her writing has been published by University of Minnesota Press, University of Houston Press, Proximity Magazine, and more. She has produced projects with a variety of institutions including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Creative Time, the Center for Land Use Interpretation, International Symposium on Electronic Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. She is a visiting lecturer at numerous schools and universities and has served as juror or reviewer for many international forums. Since 2009, she has cooperatively run PLAND, an off-the-grid residency program near Tres Piedras, NM.
Erin holds dual self-designed BAs from Prescott College, and an MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts. She has been to Houston twice before and was very, very impressed.