Lawndale Art Center is pleased to announce the selection of three residents for the inaugural term of the Lawndale Studio Residency.
A jury consisting of Franklin Sirmans, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection, John Sparagana, Chicago based artist and Professor of Painting at Rice University and Margo Handwerker, Lawndale Programming Committee member and Curatorial Assistant at the MFAH met at Lawndale on Saturday December 2 and selected the three residents.
From a pool of almost eighty Houston area contemporary artists, the jury selected Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Donna Huanca and Stephanie Saint Sanchez to launch the program.
“We came away feeling really excited about the three artists we chose...” say John Sparagana. “...what the residency can do for each of them at this point in their work and career, and what kind of energy they will bring to Lawndale through their residency”.
Dawolu Jabari Anderson creates large scale drawings that juxtapose archaic aesthetics with contemporary narratives. Anderson’s work has been exhibited extensively including the 2006 Whitney Biennial both individually and as part of the Otabenga Jones collective.
Donna Huanca creates sculpture and installation environments out of fabric swatches. Her work has been exhibited widely in New York, Chicago, Dallas and Buenos Aires. She is a graduate of the University of Houston and in 2006 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Stephanie Saint Sanchez is a film and video artist and the founder of La Chicana Laundry Pictures. Her work has been screened extensively both locally and nationally and received numerous awards. In 2005, she was the recipient of a CACHH emerging artist grant.
“It is very gratifying to watch this program come to fruition through the hard work and commitment of many individuals on our board and staff” according to William Betts, Interim Executive Director of Lawndale. “This program speaks strongly of Lawndale's core values and provides a unique and generous opportunity to Houston based artists”.
As part of the Studio Residency program, recipients will be provided studio space on the third floor of Lawndale’s Main Street facility, receive a $500 monthly stipend, a $1000 materials budget, and exhibition opportunities in the Lawndale galleries.
The Lawndale Studio Residency program is made possible by the generous support of the Cullen Foundation and the Brown Foundation.
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