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Houston, TX United States
3:02pm, Apr 14
bayoucityartfestival
Call for Artists - Deadline 4/29 - 40th annual Bayou City Art Festival Downtown
40th annual Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, Houston Texas
October 8 & 9, 2011

Festival Description

Fall in Houston, the weather cools and Houstonians celebrate at the Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival Downtown. Our urban festival is set against the dramatic skyline of the nation's fourth largest city and was awarded the #10 spot in the Sunshine Artist 200 Best list in September 2010. The festival has also been named “Best Gallery in Houston” in March of 2009 by readers of Click2Houston.com and “Best Festival in Houston” in the 2008 Houston Press “Best of Houston” magazine. Festival attendance over the two days totals over 30,000 patrons.
Held each year the second weekend of October, the Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is a permanent entry on the calendars of serious collectors, interior designers and pre-holiday shoppers. Streets surrounding City Hall, Hermann Square and Sam Houston Park become an outdoor gallery featuring over 300 fine artists against the dramatic backdrop of Houston's skyscrapers.

Capital One Bank Bayou City Art Festival Downtown showcases works representing 19 media format and is juried at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston by an invited panel of artists, collectors and industry professionals.

Artist Praise

"This was my first year attending & it was exciting to be a part of your festival... I was really impressed with the quality of the show... Kudos to [Bayou City Art Festival Staff] for putting on a great festival & getting the wonderful people of Houston to come out and support the arts. I received great response to my work & had an awesome show!... We need more shows out there like yours. Keep it up!" -Pyper Hugos, Artist, Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2010, Bozeman, MT

“Had a great show... sold a lot! had some fun! Perfect weather... how did you do it?" -Michael McKee, Artist, Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2010, Wheaton, IL

Why Houston?

• Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 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 $50,000 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 in July of 2008.

Winners Receive

• Best of Show: Ribbon and $1500 – jury exempt status for two years
• Second Place: Ribbon and $750 – jury exempt status for two years
• Third Place: Ribbon and $500 – jury exempt status for two years
• Best Booth: Jury exempt status for two years
• MFAH Curatorial Award for Excellence in Jewelry: Jury exempt status for two years


Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 2010 Winners

• Best in Show - Kevin Peterson - Painting/ Acrylic or Oil
• Second Place - Signe Grushovenko - Painting/ Acrylic or Oil
• Third Place - Theresa Honeywell - Mixed Media 3D
• MFAH Curatorial Award for Excellence in Sculpture - Tiffany Ownbey, Sculpture
• Best Booth - Tiffany Ownbey, Sculpture
• Cadillac Best of Show Houston Artist - Steve Harris - Mixed Media 2D

Past Jurors Have Included
• Diane Barber - Executive Director of Diverseworks Art Space
• Jereann Chaney - Collector, Chaney Family Collection, named one of the top 200 art collectors in the world in 2008 by ArtNews Magazine
• Julie Farr - Executive Director of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
• Jonathon Glus - CEO, Houston Arts Alliance
• Kelly Moran - Associate Director of Texas Collaborative Fine Art Printmaking, fine art printmaker and mixed media artist
• Susan Neptune - Owner of Neptune Heritage Restorations, has worked extensively handling furniture restorations for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Bayou Bend and Rienzi Center for European Decorative Arts
• Nicola Parente - painter and Bayou City Art Festival Board Member
• Les Slesnick - Photographer, Member National Association of Independent Artists
• Cindi Strauss - Curator of Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
• Fletcher Thorne-Thompsen, Jr. - FotoFest Board Member and Founder of Vine Street Studios
• Sandie Zilker - Department Chair/ Jewelry and Enamel Program at the Glassell School of Art/ Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; holds a Master in Fine Arts in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Compensation:  
How to Apply:   Applications are currently being accepted via ZAPP: www.zapplication.org

Deadline: April 29, 2011

Entry Fee: $30

More Information: www.bayoucityartfestival.com/artist-information
Apply Via Email:   info@bayoucityartfestival.com
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