The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center's annual open-call, juried exhibition. It has been an important venue through which emerging and under-represented Houston area artists gain exposure since the show's conception in 1984. The Big Show was formerly the East End Show, sponsored by the East End Progress Association, at Lawndale's original location.
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 one of three cash prizes.
The Big Show 2012 award winners selected by guest juror, Marco Antonini, Gallery Director for NURTUREart, Brooklyn, NY, were announced at the opening reception on July 13, 2012. $3000 in cash awards were divided evenly among six artists chosen by the juror. Six $500 prizes were awarded to: