Annette Lawrence

Solo Exhibition

Blind Alley Project – Annette Lawrence: August

Annette Lawrence created a lovely, quiet and ephemeral installation that compliments her current Modern Billings project with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth For Blind Alley, Annette created a linear drawing of one of the photographed stacks of her open journals from the month of August, as seen now on billboards throughout Fort Worth.

Responding to the space and materials of Blind Alley, Annette painted a line that moves and breaks across the edges of the splayed open and stacked journals on the back wall of the gallery in a lush indigo. She then both complicates and unites the space by duplicating the same drawing in white vinyl on the galleries glass front. The drawings appear, disappear, meld and separate from different viewing distances and positions. Close examination of the painted version reveals the process of scaling with faint evidence of a graphite grid and perfect imperfections of the hand.

January 18 – February 15, 2021
Location: 3317 Wet 4th Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76107
Hours: daylight
Solo Exhibition

Modern Billings VIII

December 21, 2020 – January 31, 2021 | Fort Worth, TX

I’ve always been intrigued by the sheer size of billboards. As a child the larger-than-life scale of NY subway advertisements, and the overwhelming bombardment of Times Square billboards made a lasting impression. The billboards along Texas highways play a strong horizontal counterpoint to the verticality of my earliest visual influences.

My inclination in choosing images for Modern Billings was to go for something quiet in order to stand out in the noise. The images of open journals offer an understated moment for busy travelers. Something for those with sensibilities not often rewarded by billboards. Stacks of open journals at the scale of billboards hold a larger-than-life sized hint at introspection, a paradox.


Modern Billings is a collaboration between the Education Department at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Clear Channel Outdoor, and local artists in the DFW area. Jesse Morgan Barnett and Tiffany Wolf Smith, Assistant Curators of Education, invite artists to use billboards donated by Clear Channel in communities along the periphery of downtown Fort Worth.


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Documentary Film

Gibbs Media Group presents Life Through Art with Annette Lawrence featured in episode two.

See the film trailer here.

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Soul Talk – Denton Black Film Festival

Live event Sunday September 13, 2020 at 4:00 pm CST.

Video available here.

Soul Talk is a series that holds intimate conversations with creatives to discuss their work. Every second Sunday DBFF will bring you an engaging conversation that dives into the motive, interpretation, and implementation of a project. Guests will vary from the discipline of film, art, poetry, and music. The series will be available on Facebook Live and Youtube @DentonBlackFilmFestival and

More info on Nikky Finney and her new book Love Child’s Hotbed of Occasional Poetry: Poems and Artifacts at



Conversation Conduits

Conduit Gallery artists interview each other.

Group Exhibition

For A Dreamer of Houses – Dallas Museum of Art

March 15, 2020 to January 31, 2021 | Dallas Museum of Art Barrel Vault

For a Dreamer of Houses, an imaginative and immersive exhibition, explores the significance of the spaces we inhabit and how they represent ourselves, our values, and our desires. Discover over fifty works from the DMA’s collection in a variety of media that demonstrate the evocative power of domestic objects and structures. The featured artists use forms derived from dwellings or furnishings to investigate ideas including belonging, alienation, fantasy, gender, and the body.

The exhibition takes inspiration from philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s influential 1958 book The Poetics of Space, and its organization corresponds to five chapters that consider the psychological importance of homes. Major recent acquisitions—including works by Alex Da Corte, Olivia Erlanger, EJ Hill, Francisco Moreno, Pipilotti Rist, and Do Ho Suh—are highlighted in each section.

Due to the global pandemic, the museum is closed to the public until further notice.

An audio description of my work in For A Dreamer of Houses:


A virtual tour:

For a Dreamer of Houses

Group Exhibition

San Antonio Museum of Art

Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art

February 7, 2020 – September 6, 2020

Texas has been well known for its representational and figurative art—think Julian Onderdonk bluebonnets—since at least the nineteenth century. But by the mid-twentieth, parallel with innovations outside the region, several artists began a rigorous exploration of abstraction and non-objectivity—and women artists made significant contributions to the development of abstraction in America.

Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art explores this untold story. The first major survey to focus on Texas women working primarily in the mode of abstraction, the exhibition will include ninety-five works in painting, sculpture, installation, and works on paper by seventeen artists from different generations—among them Dorothy Antoinette “Toni” LaSelle (1901-2002), Dorothy Hood (1919-2000), Susie Rosmarin (born 1950), Terrell James (born 1955), Margo Sawyer (born 1958), Sara Cardona (born 1971, Mexico City), and Liz Trosper (born 1983).

Visit the San Antonio Museum of Art website.

Curator – Artist Conversation with Annette Lawrence and Lana Meador.

August 11, 2020



Taking Some time Out With Annette Lawrence

Art and Seek interview on KERA in advance of State of the Arts public discussion on November 15, 2019.

State of the Arts with Jerome Weeks

November 15, 2019 at 6pm

Paterson-Appleton Center

400 E. Hickory St., Denton TX 76201

Listen to the live conversation (56 minutes)


View KERA Art and Seek here



Solo Exhibition

Exception: Works on Linen and Paper

Conduit Gallery

October 19 – November 30, 2019

Reception October 19th, 6 – 8 PM

1626 Hi Line Dr # C, Dallas, TX 75207

Excerpt from the press release:

Annette Lawrence may be inching towards paint, but her work remains firmly in the realm of drawing. Known for her permutations on calendars, Lawrence continues the theme in Exception: Works on Linen and Paper, her second solo exhibition at Conduit Gallery.

Lawrence considers all of her work to be, in and of, raw material. Her drawings are quantitative accounts of personal events and actions translated into data. In this series, the artist is mining her phone records and translating lengths of conversation into rectangular, circular, and linear, grids. Large chunks of filled-in areas represent hours of deep discussion, needle-thin slivers are momentary ‘hellos’ and check-ins. We can wonder what happened in these conversations, or we can simply imagine who we called (or didn’t call) that day. They can feel astrological in their comparisons of empirical data about dates and times of events.

Lawrence turns the intimate details of her personal life into anonymized, universal data as a way to allow the audience into the conversation. What remains are timestamps and metadata. Her visual language is analog touching the edges of the digital realm. Whether the image is graphed, cut, or coiled, 6 months of phone calls underlie the language and structure of the works in the show.

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