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A submission from the Big Show 2016 exhibition.

Paging all artists from Matagorda to Montrose to Madisonville: the deadline for the Big Show 2017 is June 11.

The Big Show has been an annual spectacle since 1984, calling for submissions from Houston artists living within 100 miles of Lawndale Art Center. The juried exhibition caters to new and unrecognized work, prohibiting previously exhibited pieces and requiring they be created “within the last change-filled year.”

As ever, this year’s organizing theme is broad: “Rate of change.” Artists may interpret that theme however they wish, so long as the work remains roughly within the weight and size of a baby elephant (submissions must weigh below 200 pounds and measure less than approximately 7 feet by 5 feet). The full guidelines encourage an expansive concept of change, ranging from politics to the cerebral, including the particularly far-out observation that even “consciousness itself is under constant pressure as new technologies transfer images, messages, and memes from the screen to the mind at the speed of light.”

Still on the fence? Lawndale recently waived the submission fee, eliminating another barrier for participants. Winners and $3,000 in awards will be announced at the opening reception July 7. Submissions will be judged by Toby Kamps, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art for The Menil Collection.

You have less than a month, Houston. Enter here.

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