About the Museum
The Lawndale Art Center is a non-profit exhibition space for contemporary art in Houston, Texas specializing in exhibiting work by local artists. It was founded in 1979 by artist James Surls in a warehouse on the campus of the University of Houston. Surls was a professor at the university, and initially it provided studio space for graduate students. Shortly after it expanded to an exhibition area for students and artists working their community.
In 1992 the Center moved to a 1930s Art Deco building designed by Joseph Finger that is located in Houston’s Museum District. Over 500 artists’ work is shown throughout the year in changing exhibitions. It continues to have artist studio space and an outdoor sculpture garden. They also host informal talks, film screenings and other special events.
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