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Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park 2014 presented by Art Colony Association
Show Dates: 3/21/14 - 3/23/14
Application Deadline: 11/1/13
37 day(s) and 12 hour(s) remaining
Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)
Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park, March 21 - 23, 2014
Juried at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, by an invited panel of artists, collectors and industry professionals, Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park is the nation’s premier spring outdoor fine art event and kicks off the spring Texas art festival circuit. The festival was ranked #6 in Sunshine Artists’s 200 Best in September 2012 and has been consistently ranked among the top 15 on that list.
Conveniently located five miles from Downtown, two miles from the Galleria area and neighboring the elegant residential communities of River Oaks and Memorial, Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park is an artist's dream. Bayou City Art Festival Has a demonstrated history in strong sales for artists. National studies show Houstonians consistently have twice the discretionary income that workers in similar industries have around the country. With a median household income of over $59,000 and an income growth since 2000 of 13.1% as reported in Kiplingers.com, Houston has been ranked the Number 1 city in the U.S. in which to live, work and play. “Over the last two years, Houston has enjoyed more growth in the number of High Net Worth Individuals – people with at least $1 million in investable assets (primary homes don’t count) – than any other U.S. city,” according to Forbes magazine’s Steven Bertoni. Just this month, Forbes published another article hailing Houston as the #1 city “Where a Paycheck Stretches the Farthest”, due to the ratio of the median home price to median annual household income. And, according to this article by CultureMap, this Summer, Houston home sales hit the a four-year high, growing 24% over last year. We are the first stop for fine artists on the Texas Fine Art Festival tour and we look forward to hosting you in Houston!
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Jury Information and Policies
Our panel consists of 5 - 7 jurors. All judges are selected based on their specific interests, professional knowledge and/or background with our festivals.
Festival staff members are not voting members of the panel and their opinions are not reflected in final jury scores.
Jurors change with each event.
Work is scored on a 1 to 7 scale. Judges are instructed not to award scores of 4.
All five slides, four shots of the work and one booth shot, are projected simultaneously. Judges have access to the artist's statement but are not shown the artist's name or any other identifying information.
Jurors are asked to review all applications at their leisure online during the week prior to the projected jury.
Average scores will be emailed to applicants on the Artist Notification Date. Applicants will also be notified of the score necessary to receive an invitation.
The jury is not conducted as a personal critique and as such, individual responses are not recorded.
Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff’s Department officers provide 24-hour security provided 2 days prior to load-in through complete load-out
Patron art pick-up provided at police-secured holding area
Breakfast provided on festival days
Asphalt and concrete surfaces
Special large area on natural turf for Sculpture, Metal, and Yard/Garden art
Discounted artists' rates at partner hotel
Admission: adults $15, children 3-12 $3, under 3 free.
Festival features a Creative Zone (interactive art activities for kids), Performance Art from some of Houston's best nonprofit organizations, food court and beer and wine cafes.
Booth Fees: $450 - $1300
Electric: Available in some areas. No outside generators allowed.
Cash Prizes are awarded for Best in Show, Second and Third, as selected by our on-site judges. Ribbons are awarded for Best Booth. All winners receive jury exempt status for two years. Award winners in their jury exempt period will not be eligible to win additional awards their last jury exempt show.
Artist Relations Services
An Artist Hospitality Tent is provided and serves complimentary continental breakfast, snacks and beverages. Parking, laminated booth signs, promotional postcards, exhibitor identification badges, booth sitters, and hotel referrals are provided. 24-hour security is provided during the Festival weekend.
2012 Festival Map (for reference only and subject to change in 2013)
2012 Participating Artist Information Package (for reference only and subject to change in 2014)
2014 Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park Important Dates
September 23, 2013 - Application available on ZAPP
November 1, 2013 - Applications due; NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
November 20, 2013 - Jury at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
December 6, 2013 - Artist notification (your average score will be emailed to you in your notification letter)
January 6, 2014 - Invited artists' payment deadline
January 6, 2014 - Booth location request deadline; NO LOCATION REQUESTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.
February 3, 2014 - Refund deadline for a full refund less $100
February 6, 2014 - Booth placement notifications
February 17, 2014 - Refund deadline for a 50% refund; NO REFUNDS AFTER THIS DATE
Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park & Bayou City Art Festival Downtown presented by Art Colony Association (ACA)
Both internationally award winning Festivals not only showcase the finest art in the nation and from around the world, but also feature incredible performing arts. The ACA staff is dedicated to the exhibiting artist, whose talents make this festival successful and whose contributions will meet a shared goal of promoting the arts and raising funds for local area non-profits.
Twice a year, over 1000 qualified applicants from around the world submit their applications to be scrutinized by the Art Colony Association Jurors. Only 300 Artists will be selected to exhibit per festival, many of whom are featured in fine arts galleries and in prominent personal and museum collections around the world. The bi-annual festivals allow art collectors the opportunity to personally meet the artist, view original works, and purchase world class art. The experience that develops between a patron and the artist may last a lifetime.
The 18 fine art/fine crafts categories are:
Digital (not photography)
Rising Talent (see above rules for description)
Functional Art (includes furniture, wearable art, etc.)
Mixed Media 2D
Mixed Media 3D
Painting/ Acrylic or Oil
Photography/ Digital or Computer Manipulated
Photography/ Traditional Film (no machine enhancements)
Printmaking/ Intaglio, Relief and Planographic
Sculpture/ 3D - 1 medium (Clay, Glass, Metal or Wood)
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