Visual Arts

Opening Night at Lawndale's "The Big Show" in Houston

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Doogie Roux
"The Big Show" at Lawndale Art Center is an ambitious annual exhibition of works completed within the past year by artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale. It's a great way to see what's happening on the Houston art scene from established and emerging artists. This year's theme was "The Rate of Change."

We viewed works by Alex Barber, Chuy Benitez, Agnes Bourely, Lindy Chambers, Chadwick + Spector, Trey Duvall, Vincent Fink, Wayne Gilbert, GONZO 247, Paul Hester, George Hixson, Perry House, Terrell James, Iva Kinnaird, Floyd Newsum, Mari Omori, donna e. perkins, Susie Rosmarin, David Ruck, John Slaby, Earl Staley, Myke Venable, Dandee Warhol + Marjon F. Aucion, and many more.

The juror for 2017 was Toby Kamps, the new Jane Dale Owen Director and Chief Curator of the Blaffer Art Museum and former curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Menil Collection. Kamps reviewed work by 549 artists — the largest number of artists to submit their work in the history of The Big Show — and selected nearly 200 works for the exhibition.

All photos by Doogie Roux.