Lawndale Welcomes New Executive Director
 
(HOUSTON, TX) September 7, 2021 – The Board of Directors of Lawndale Art and Performance Center announced today the appointment of Anna Walker as its new Executive Director.
At Lawndale, Walker will oversee all aspects of the institution's artistic programs, fundraising, and day-to-day operations while providing leadership to Lawndale’s team of staff and committed volunteers. Walker will bring a new vision that explores and expands upon Lawndale’s 42-year history of supporting Houston artists and its mission to engage Houston communities with exhibitions and programs that explore the aesthetic, critical, and social issues of our time.

With a life-long professional commitment to the arts and artists, Walker has spent over a decade working in Houston. She comes to Lawndale from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), where she has served as Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design and the Windgate Foundation Curatorial Fellow for Contemporary Craft. Prior to joining the MFAH, Anna was the Curator at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), a kunsthalle-style space where she oversaw up to twelve exhibitions a year. She holds a BA in Art from Otterbein University with a focus on ceramics and printmaking and an MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University.

"Lawndale is a critical connector and incubator for the arts in Houston, and I am thrilled to be joining its team,” said Walker. “I’ve long been impressed with Lawndale’s risk taking, which I’m looking forward to continuing. I am especially excited to be returning to an artist-centered practice in the city I love, where I can work as a collaborator, connecting artists and Houston communities more broadly. It’s a very special thing to join an organization with a strong board and a solid team in place, and I look forward to the things we are going to build together."

Walker is admired for her broad curatorial practice; notable exhibitions include the traveling show CTRL+P, a field-leading exploration of the intersections of digital technology and craft, The Burdens of History, a critical re-examination of the origin myths of studio ceramics, that reasserted the role of indigenous, women and artists of color in building the field. Her most recent project is Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock, a retrospective of the pioneering Colombian artist, co-curated with Laura Mott at the Cranbrook Art Museum. The touring exhibition opened summer 2021 at the MFAH. She is further recognized as a sought after curator and thought leader, serving as a guest curator for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), and a speaker and visiting critic at institutions throughout Houston and across the country.

Lawndale’s Board Chair, Meghan Miller, states, “We believe that Anna’s passion for and commitment to artists, alongside her decade-long engagement with the Houston community, makes her the right leader to shepherd Lawndale into its next vibrant chapter.”

Walker’s appointment concludes a nine-month search led by Lawndale’s Executive and Search Committees. She will assume her role at Lawndale on November 1, 2021.
Image by Selina Lamberti and Marjiana Rayl, courtesy of Walker.
Mission Lawndale is a multidisciplinary contemporary art center that engages Houston communities with exhibitions and programs that explore the aesthetic, critical, and social issues of our time.

About Lawndale believes in the role of art and artists to inspire and inform the world around us. By serving as an intimate gathering place to experience art and ideas, Lawndale seeks to foster connections between communities in Houston and beyond. Lawndale presents a diverse range of artistic practices and perspectives through exhibitions and programs, including lectures, symposia, film screenings, readings, and musical performances.

Through exhibition opportunities, the Artist Studio Program, institutional collaborations, and the engagement of an advisory board comprised of artists, curators, and scholars, Lawndale seeks within its mission to support all artistic and cultural communities of Houston.

Supporters Lawndale’s exhibitions and programs are produced with generous support from The Anchorage Foundation of Texas; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; David R. Graham; The Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation; The John M. O’Quinn Foundation; The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation; Houston Endowment; Kathrine G. McGovern/The John P. McGovern Foundation; The National Endowment for the Arts; The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation; the Texas Commission on the Arts; The City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance; and The Wortham Foundation, Inc. Additional support provided by Lindsey Schechter/Houston Dairymaids, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and Topo Chico.

Information Admission to all exhibitions and programs at Lawndale is free. Lawndale's galleries are available by appointment. Gallery Appointment Hours: Wednesday - Saturday: 11 AM - 5 PM. Closed Sunday - Tuesday and national holidays. Lawndale, 4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. Visit lawndaleartcenter.org or call 713.528.5858 for more information.