Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art. Lawndale is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by Houston artists. Founded in 1979, Lawndale has owned its present location on Main Street in Houston's Museum District since 1993.Lawndale presents exhibitions, lectures and events, and offers an annual residency program to further the creative exchange of ideas among Houston’s diverse artistic, cultural and student communities. With 4 galleries in its locally significant Art Deco building, Lawndale includes close to 500 artists annually in changing exhibitions. Over 20 exhibitions, informal talks and special events are offered yearly including annual events such as Día de los Muertos, Design Fair and The Big Show.