Now is your annual chance to check off "become an exhibited artist" from the Houstonian bucket list.

A Lawndale tradition since 1984, The Big Show remains a perennial favorite for both its, uh, bigness and egalitarian nature. Absolutely anyone can apply so long as you live within 100 miles of Lawndale's Museum District location and submit fewer than three works no larger than a newborn giraffe (submissions must weigh below 200 pounds and measure less than approximately 7 feet by 5 feet). There ain't even a submission fee, although we suppose you'll have to spend some gas money (and perhaps rent a truck) to deliver your work, if accepted to the show.

Juror Evelyn C. Hankins, of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, has been tasked with wading through the 500-plus artists likely to submit this year. Gone is last year's "organizing principle," which was so broad ("Rate of Change") as to be functionally meaningless. And what's usually a summer exhibition has shifted to the cooler autumn months, opening in September rather than July.

In other words, good news for the procrastinators: You have until Thursday, July 26 to submit your masterpiece for consideration. You can find more details here, read our take on the 2017 show here, or view the 2017 catalog below. 

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