That Show Is Big

What would a snapshot of Houston's "creative energy" look like? This exhilarating question drives The Big Show, an annual event at the Lawndale Art Center.

"Basically any artist within 100 miles of Houston can submit recent artwork for consideration in the show, without regard to artist 'status,'" explains Lawndale executive director William Betts. "To see the cumulative effect of the creative energy flowing through the city at one time is so amazing and thrilling. The sheer breadth of it is really wonderful."

Now in its 20th year, The Big Show has evolved from a small showcase on Houston's East Side to a career launch pad for art school grads and amateurs alike, curated by major players in the national art community. This year's juror, Dominic Molon, is associate curator of Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.

"The big show is kind of like the farm team," explains Betts. "It's a place to see who's going to be playing for the Yankees in a couple of years." (We're sure he means the Astros.) See what locals have crowded into this field of dreams at 6:30 p.m.
Fri., July 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; July 22-Aug. 25

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